Tiger likes Bellerive

Heavy rain in the last couple of days in St Louis, Missouri, mean that drives will not travel far on the 7 300 yard plus course giving long drivers such as Justin Thomas, Jason Day and two-time winner Rory McIlroy an advantage.

“It’s playing so soft … you need to get the ball out there,” Woods said.

“The ball is just plugging (when it lands), and if anything, it favours a guy who hits the ball high because we’re not going to get any run.

“Fortunately, I’m one of the guys who hits the ball high.”

2012 and 2014 champion McIlroy said that Bellerive is almost identical to Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, the site of the Northern Irishman’s win four years ago.

“With the weather, it does remind me of Valhalla, where there’s a lot of mounding and it’s a big, long golf course,” McIlroy said.

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