He didn't wilt. Didn't even wither.
Justin Thomas clinched the fourth USA spot by winning the Bridgestone last week, and Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson hold the other four automatic slots. Regardless of how many tournaments players win on the regular tour, they know that the four major championships each year will define their legacy.
Davis Love III responds to a question during a news conference for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in St. Louis. "I know that [the course] is going to be pretty packed". It'll be hot in St. Louis, with storylines aplenty, so let's run down the various scenarios.
He's yet to win since Royal Birkdale, the missed cuts becoming too frequent for comfort. He looked as if he might be turning the corner at the British Open last month when he shot 65 on Saturday to surge into contention, but a birdie-less Sunday and final-round 76 dropped him to the wayside.
He followed that with three rounds in the 70s at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, leaving him a full 20 shots off the pace - and outside the top 20 for the eighth consecutive event.
Tiger Woods wasn't going to waste his time lobbying US captain Jim Furyk for one of the at-large spots on the Ryder Cup team that will head to France next month. Only 13 players from that tournament are in the field; Woods missed it due to knee surgery he had that year after winning the U.S. Open.
Love's streak began with the 1986 PGA Championship at Inverness, and the 100th will come at this year's PGA at Bellerive.
"Today we only got in five holes and didn't really get a chance to see a whole lot, so I'll have to do some more homework tomorrow and get a good feel for what's going on for the rest of the week". I didn't really have any of those issues when I was early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.
"Having had a few goes at it, I think less expectations is better", McIlroy said. "Trying to take pressure off yourself, trying to treat it like any normal week, just trying to win the golf tournament that week, sort of put it out of your head that what winning this golf tournament would mean in terms of your legacy and your place in the game".
"I spent a bit of time on the range yesterday".
If nothing else, Johnson pointed out Tuesday that he'll have plenty of extended family in the crowd. Please like us as much as the Masters! Jarrod Lyle lost his fearless battle with cancer on Wednesday, and you can be sure his passing will be on the minds of all 156 players this week.
It would be even more fun to make history in front of them.
"I've definitely become a little more rotational in my swing over the past couple of years, and some of that is through bad habit and some of that is through injury", he said, adding that the only major he feels he had a real chance to win since 2014 was The Open at Carnoustie last month. You fill out a lineup of 12 starters, who are divided into four groups based on World Golf Rankings. "So he's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem".