Tiger 'rested and ready' heading into PGA Championship

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Published on May 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

Tiger 'rested and ready' heading into PGA Championship

Tiger Woods 'rested and ready', Rory McIlroy liking his chances for a win heading into PGA Championship

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Tiger 'rested and ready' heading into PGA Championship

SHOWS: FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 14, 2019)(NBC - Broadcasters: NO USE USA.

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BETHPAGE GOLF COURSE - SITE OF 2019 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.

TIGER WOODS AT PRE-TOURNAMENT NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) TIGER WOODS SAYING: "You know, I wanted to play at Quail Hollow, but to be honest with you, I wasn't ready yet to start the grind of practicing and preparing and logging all those hours again, I was lifting (weights), my numbers were good, I was feeling good in the gym, but I wasn't mentally prepared to log in the hours, coming here is a different story, I was able to log in the hours, put in the time and feel rested and ready, that's going to be the interesting part going forward; how much do I play and how much do I rest.

I think I've done a lot of the legwork and the hard work already, trying to find my game over the past year and a half, now I think it's just maintaining it.

I know that I feel better when I'm fresh, the body doesn't respond like it used to, doesn't bounce back quite as well, so I've got to be aware of that." 3.

RORY MCILROY AT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRE-TOURNAMENT NEWS CONFERENCE 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RORY MCILROY SAYING: "I don't think anything about the odds, I think I have a good chance, I've had a pretty good record at the PGA, a couple of wins and a couple other decent finishes, you know, we're playing at a golf course that I like, that I've had some experience on.,I know if I play the way I can, hopefully I'll have a chance." STORY: Tiger Woods walked into the media interview room at the PGA Championship on Tuesday (May 14) morning clutching a cup of hot coffee on a cool New York morning.

He hopes to be holding something far more valuable on Sunday night -- the Wanamaker Trophy awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

Judging by his words, the 43-year-old is in fine fettle as he prepares for his first tournament start since his Masters victory exactly one month ago.

Woods raised some eyebrows when he decided to skip the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago, thereby ensuring he would turn up this week without any competitive action between Augusta and Bethpage.

On Tuesday he erased concerns that there might be any physical issues behind his decision to play back-to-back majors without a tune-up gallop in between.

"To be honest, I wasn't ready yet to start the grind of practising and preparing and logging all those hours again," he said.

"I was lifting (weights), feeling good in the gym, but I wasn't prepared to log in the hours.

"Coming here is a different story... I feel rested and ready.

I've done a lot of the leg work and hard work already trying to find my game over the past year-and-a-half.

Now it's just maintaining it." Woods' Masters victory came two years after a spinal fusion that resurrected a career in danger of ending prematurely.

Instead, he notched one of the great comebacks of sporting history, ending a decade-long major drought and collecting his 15th major title.

Rory McIlroy is "most likely" to play next year's Olympic golf in Tokyo and would represent Ireland rather than Britain, the Northern Irishman said Tuesday (May 14) at a news conference ahead of the PGA Championship.

McIlroy, 30, could compete for either team, a decision he said two years ago that he resented having to make.

The four-times major champion skipped the 2016 Rio Olympics, citing concerns over the Zika virus and saying he would probably not even watch the golf at the Games, tuning in only for the "stuff that matters".

He reiterated that he considers the four major championships to be the pinnacle of golf, and that his visit to Tokyo would be a hit-and-run mission between regular tournaments on the schedule.

After many big names skipped Rio, where golf returned to the Olympics after a century-long absence and England's Justin Rose won the gold medal, Tokyo is shaping up as a big tournament, with Tiger Woods revealing on Tuesday that he planned to play if eligible.

The men's Olympic golf will be held at the Kasumigaseki course in suburban Tokyo from July 30-Aug.

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"I've thought about that for a long time, and in the end, it was the fact that when I was a little boy and I got that first call up to the national squad ... I was so proud," McIlroy said.

"So why would it be any different just because it's a different golf tournament or because it's a different arena or a different environment?" (Production: David Grip)

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