|Venue: Oak Hill Nation Membership, New York Dates: 18-21 Might|
|Protection: Reside textual content commentary of all 4 rounds on BBC Sport web site from 13:00 BST on Thursday, 18 Might. Radio 5 Reside Further commentary from 21:00 on Saturday, 20 Might and Radio 5 Reside commentary from 20:40 on Sunday, 21 Might|
Justin Thomas says he’s “seeing gentle on the finish of the tunnel” as he bids to defend his US PGA Championship title this week at Oak Hill in New York.
The American world quantity 13 has had just one top-five end this 12 months and missed the lower on the Masters in April.
Nonetheless, he was joint 14th at Quail Hole two weeks in the past – the location of his first US PGA victory in 2017.
“The way you study is failure and negatives and I’ve had an important alternative for lots of studying,” stated the 30-year-old.
“There are going to be days the place 70 could be the most effective that I’ve that day, but it surely’s higher than 71. Or 75 could be the most effective I’ve, but it surely’s higher than 76. That is simply form of how I’ve at all times been taught.
“How I described it for a pair months is, I’ve by no means felt to this point and so shut on the similar time.
“That may be a laborious factor to clarify, and it is also a really laborious strategy to attempt to compete and win a golf match.”
Thomas credit his third spherical at Quail Hole as proving that he’s returning to type on the proper time.
“I confirmed a whole lot of actually good indicators in Charlotte,” he stated. “Saturday was an important instance. It simply was a spherical the place I did not actually have very a lot. I felt like I left a few pictures on the market putting-wise and simply wasn’t sharp.
“I used to be hitting a whole lot of very poor wedges and irons. I birdied two of the final 4 holes and salvaged an under-par spherical on a troublesome golf course.
“That 70 gave me a chance to play myself into rivalry with 9 holes left. I felt I turned just a little little bit of a nook.”
Thomas received final 12 months’s title by beating Will Zalatoris in a play-off after a final-round cost that noticed him come from seven pictures again, however he insisted that victory may have little bearing on this week.
“It is so way back when it comes to your golf recreation,” stated the two-time main winner.
“The emotions can translate and the reminiscences can translate, however a whole lot of issues – swings and putts and chips – have occurred since then. That half is tough to narrate.”
Oak Hill Nation Membership, which has hosted three US Opens, is staging its fourth US PGA Championship and in 1995 was the scene of solely the second away Ryder Cup victory by Europe.