When Woods was told of Bjorn's comments and asked if he believes that, he said with a smile, "I like my chances in match play".
Tiger Woods is ranked 51st in the world, but is playing better than some may have imagined. So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it. "I was fresh, in form, going to a place where if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise".
Woods is contesting the PGA Championship for a first occasion since 2015 when he missed the cut for a second straight year. I haven't closed out those tournaments as I would have liked, but at least I'm putting myself in position, and that's all I can do. "When you think about it, if you played all four of them for 25 years, that's pretty incredible, and I spread it out over a little bit longer than that".
"I only had to think about it for about a month", Woods said of the career Slam.
"It's just that there's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and flexibility and the movement that I once did, " Woods said. "Try and get as many holes as I possibly can, but also make sure that I'm ready for an a.m. start on Thursday".
Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013.
Indeed he has failed to win from the final group four times this year.
He started off going bogey-double bogey while teeing off from the back nine at Bellerive.
Fleetwood's US Open bid was damaged by a third-round 78, and he was one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of The Open before falling back on the Saturday. "It felt very familiar", Woods added. "Trying to take pressure off yourself, trying to treat it like any normal week, just trying to win the golf tournament that week, sort of put it out of your head that what winning this golf tournament would mean in terms of your legacy and your place in the game".
"I feel like I'm just showing up to catch Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, I wouldn't do that".