"I have put myself in contention in the majors".
He's yet to win since Royal Birkdale, the missed cuts becoming too frequent for comfort.
Justin Thomas is the defending champion, Tiger Woods is set to play his first PGA since 2015 and Jordan Spieth will be chasing the career Grand Slam when the tournament begins Thursday.
There are 156 golfers teeing it up at the year's final major and it is likely every one of them has, at one time or another, been asked about Woods' impact on their careers.
Meanwhile, Fowler is probably the best current golfer who has yet to earn a Major title, and Woods is a four-time victor of the PGA Championship and the last to repeat when he finished first in 2006 and 2007.
Brooks Koepka, the victor of the last two U.S. Opens, is set to tee off in less than an hour.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is a player who's seemingly in contention every week, yet he's still searching for his first victory on USA soil and his first major championship.
The flamboyant American burst on to the golf scene as a 20-year-old, instantly identifiable by his fluorescent kit and becoming the darling of the young fan demographic the golf industry coveted.
Or the questions that have started to follow Rory McIlroy, who needs to win the Masters, and Phil Mickelson, who has played the U.S. Open five times without capturing the only major he's missing.
"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.
"Unfortunately, I made two mistakes there on 11 and 12 and it cost me a chance to win the championship".
"It's heart breaking; I've known Jarrod for a long time and my thoughts and prayers go out to (Lyle's wife) Briony and the two kids".
His beloved grandfather, Bob Julius, and most of his mother's side of the family was raised in the St. Louis area. At the end of the day, a lot of careers are defined on major championships. This seems like a golf course that is right there in front of you.
It would be even more fun to make history in front of them.
"I feel like I'm just showing up to catch Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, I wouldn't do that".
Woods himself came back to competitive golf at the end of previous year with low expectations and a desire simply to play pain-free which he believes he has now achieved.
"I'm trying to work a few kinks out of my swing".