As the final major before the game tilts on its axis and enters a world of lawsuits and bitter division, it is no wonder golf is looking forward to the 104th US

As the final major before the game tilts on its axis and enters a world of lawsuits and bitter division, it is no wonder golf is looking forward to the 104th US

As the final major before the best fps game tilts on its axis and enters a world of lawsuits and bitter division, it is no wonder golf is looking forward to the 104th US , which begins on Thursday, with particular relish.

By the time we get to the US Open next month, the Saudi-backed disrupters will be up and running, legends will have cast aside long-held loyalties to join the rebels and we will see who blinks first when it comes to bans from the PGA and DP World Tours.

In the meantime, the major once considered the runt of the litter has duly taken on an added lustre, helped by a healthy list of fascinating storylines.

The US PGA has been helped by a healthy list of storylines this year, including Tiger Woods

The US PGA has been helped by a healthy list of storylines this year, including Tiger Woods

Ever since the Masters five weeks ago, there has been speculation as to what happens next for two of the men who made it so memorable.Helpfully, they will spend the first two days walking the fairways together.

In the absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the two biggest draws in the field.Both left Augusta with grounds for optimism.

In his own words, Woods felt like he had ‘climbed Everest’ in making it through 72 holes and, while Southern Hills lives up to its name, it is Ben Nevis by comparison. For McIlroy, it was the mental release of finally playing as he can in a major again and the addictive joy that accompanied a final-round 64.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is absent from the field amid his recent controversies

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is absent from the field amid his recent controversies 

Rory McIlroy (above), alongside Woods, is one of the biggest draws at this year's US PGA

Rory McIlroy (above), alongside Woods, is one of the biggest draws at this year’s US PGA

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