Golf: Ryan Fox chasing Tiger Woods at PGA Championship

After six majors, Kiwi Ryan Fox has some idea of the pressure that comes with playing in golf's greatest events.

He'll need to lean on that experience ahead of his seventh - the PGA Championship at Bethpage.

Fox will be right amongst the legions of fans that will follow Tiger Woods, and the fans are always a bit more boisterous in New York.

At his practice round there was little fanfare, as Fox completed 18 holes, a handful of autograph hunters, and even a couple of Kiwis.

But tomorrow Fox will have to deal with crowds and through no fault of his own, he's been drawn to tee off immediately behind 15-time major champion and golf's biggest star, Tiger Woods.

Fox will get the unwelcome laggards from the hordes of fans that will follow the defending Masters champion around Bethpage.

"To be honest it gets a bit frustrating," Fox told Newshub. "I followed him round the course at The Open last year and the crowd just really want to see him at that point… it's quite hard for the marshalls to control the crowd."

But for now, his biggest concern is not fans but the course. Bethpage is notoriously tough anyway, but the weather's playing its part now too, with rain and fluctuating temperatures.

"A change from 12 [degrees] to 21 results in a five percent shift on the course, so hopefully,  purely by a change in weather, it should make the course play a bit shorter.

"That should make things a bit easier. The ball certainly wasn't going far out there today."

2019 has already been a special year for the newly-married Fox but if he's to make it even more memorable, he'll have to tame both the crowds that follow Tiger and the unforgiving course at Bethpage.