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Steve Williams thinks Tiger Woods will find it a challenge to get up for this week’s US PGA without a crowd to feed off.

The 15-time major champ disagrees.

Williams, who caddied for 13 of Woods’ 15 major championship victories, told the Australian Associated Press that “it’ll be challenging for Tiger to find that spark he needs” without fans cheering him on.

Speaking to the media at TPC Harding Park today, former world No.1 Woods acknowledged that the event will have a different feel to it without spectators on-site due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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However, he doesn’t anticipate that affecting him in his bid to win the Wanamaker trophy for a record-equalling fifth time.

“I don’t know if anyone in our generation has ever played without fans in a major championship,” said Woods. “It’s going to be very different. But it’s still a major championship. It’s still the best players in the world. We all understand that going into it, so there’s going to be plenty of energy from the competitive side.


“As far as the energy outside the ropes, that is an unknown. Hopefully, I can put myself in a position where I can be in that position where I can feel what it feels like to have no fans and also coming down the stretch with a chance to win.”

This week sees Woods make only his second competitive start since February, the other coming in the Memorial Tournament three weeks ago. That also gave him his first taste of playing behind closed doors.

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“Those four rounds, I was pretty into it,” he said. “It’s different than most of the times when you go from green-to-tee, people yelling or trying to touch you. That part is different.

“As far as energy while I’m competing and playing, no, that’s the same. I’m pretty intense when I play and pretty into what I’m doing.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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