Justin Rose has been unable to practice ahead of the US PGA, but is hoping the rest will pay off as he goes in search of glory.
The world number three has been struggling with a back injury, and rather than play and practice ahead of the final Major of the year, he opted to rest and freshen up for one last push in 2018.
The 38-year-old has not played since The Open Championship at Carnoustie, where he finished tied for second, and withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week.
He has also been unable to practice at Bellerive ahead of today’s first round, but has hit some balls on the range and is feeling good.
“It’s been a different preparation for me,” he said. “But it’s all been about trying to be ready for Thursday. Going home and getting some, not just physical rest, but mental rest, could be a benefit.
“I could have persevered last week if it was the last event of the season or something like that, but with what’s coming up this week, with the FedEx Cup, with the Ryder Cup on the back end, it just wasn’t the prudent decision to play through.
“I have walked each nine and got some good visuals. I hit some balls on Wednesday and felt absolutely fine and really comfortable with my swing and the way it’s moving.
“This golf course, the way it’s set up and the way it’s playing and the condition of it has afforded me… if there was ever a major championship, to be able to play it semi-blind, this is the course to do it on.”