The Latest: Bjorn with draws from PGA with back injury

The Latest: Bjorn with draws from PGA with back injury
Thomas Bjorn, of Denmark, captain of the 2018 European Ryder Cup team, speaks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the year (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Thomas Bjorn has withdrawn on the eve of the PGA Championship after an old back injury flared up, giving first alternate Kevin Streelman a spot in the field at Bellerive.

Streelman finished in the top 10 at the John Deere Classic last month, but he missed the cut last week at the Barracuda Championship, the tournament that runs concurrently with the WGC event.

Streelman learned he was in the PGA field in time to play a practice round Tuesday.

Bjorn probably isn’t going far. He’s the captain for the European team for next month’s Ryder Cup, so chances are he’ll be following some of his prospective players the rest of the week.


9:45 a.m.

Tommy Fleetwood keeps showing up at the biggest events. Now he just has to figure out how to get through Saturday.

Last week at Firestone was the latest example of Fleetwood digging a hole in the third round. He was tied for the 36-hole lead and shot 74. Two weeks earlier, he was one shot off the lead until a 71 on a good day for scoring at Carnoustie. Fleetwood tied the U.S. Open record this year with a 63 in the final round, but that wasn’t enough to undo the damage of a 78 on Saturday.

Fleetwood hopes it’s just a coincidence, that the third round is when the putts stop falling. He also says his ordinary third rounds tend to follow hot rounds on Friday, like his 63 at Firestone.

The Englishman says it’s nothing he worries about, but he has taken notice.

“And hopefully, it doesn’t last for too long,” he said.


7:30 a.m.

Bellerive is busier than usual on the final day of practice for the PGA Championship.

Players typically are concerned about rest going into the final major of the year because the British Open was only about two weeks ago and the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour are just around the corner. Plans changed on Wednesday because of the rain.

Bellerive received more than an inch of rain on Tuesday, limiting practice time. Tiger Woods only managed to play five holes on a course he hasn’t seen in 17 years. Woods says he expects plenty of players on the course, and “I’m going to be one of them.”

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy were among those playing as soon as the course was open for play.