The PGA Championship tees off this Thursday and once again, brings along a star – studded line up. With the new calendar season, the PGA Championship is now being played in May. Rather than its usual spot in late August. It now becomes the 2nd Major of the year after last months Masters ended with Tiger Woods capturing his elusive 15th Major, to help bring him one closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record.
Bethpage Black is the setting for this weeks tournament. Standing at over 7400 yards long and only a Par 70. This course was thrust onto the mainstream circuit in 2002 for the US Open, which Tiger himself win. The course is set to host the 2024 Ryder Cup tournament so it will be a true test of golf for the field.
Looking to retain his PGA crown along with seeking his fourth Major title in 23 months, Brooks Koepka is one of the favorites coming into the weekend and rightly so. Koepka , aiming to be the first golfer since Woods in 06/07 to win back to back PGA Championships, is coming off a narrow defeat to the man himself at The Masters. Koepka has only finished outside the top 15 once in his previous Major attempts.
Once again all the story lines will be fixated around Tiger and why shouldn’t they be. Capturing his fifth green jacket last month, Tiger hasn’t played any competitive golf since. Electing to take the option of rest ahead of this weeks tournament. A rejuvenated Tiger is exactly what golf needs right now and he opens up as the bookies favorite.
Jordan Spieth has been a non-factor on the PGA Tour so far in 2019. The only reason his name is being mentioned with this event, is the fact he has the opportunity to complete the career grand-slam. This will be his third attempt at the feat. If he was to complete the slam, it would make him only the 6th golfer ever to do so.
Behind these three story-lines, there is an abundance of other golfers looking to reignite their 2019 season at the PGA Championship. McIlroy, fresh off another disappointing Masters tournament, will be looking to rekindle some of the form which led him to the Players Championship earlier in the year and becoming favorite going into the Masters. Justin Rose failed to make the cut for the first time in his career at Augusta last month,. He will be hoping for a strong placing this weekend in the hopes of recapturing his World No. 1 title. 2017s winner, Justin Thomas, has just recently had to pull out of the event due to a wrist injury. Others looking to impress would be the likes of Jason Day, Xander Shauffele and Dustin Johnson. This course will suit the long hitters and all three golfers have more than enough ability to add this Major title to their repertoire.
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