2017 PGA Championship

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This isn’t a bomber’s course, where long hitters can dominate as long as they find the fairway once in a while, or a links course, where players who have experience on such tracks (and in that weather) have a distinct advantage as long as they keep finding the fairways and greens.

If you don’t buy that sentiment, then check out PGA.com writer T.J. Auclair’s walkthrough of all 18 holes, PGA.com’s hole-by-hole flyovers or Rick Bonnell’s Charlotte Observer piece, where players note how tough the course is this year.

Drives need to be long and accurate, and approaches must be spot on. If they are not, then golfers’ short games around the green need to be on point. Finally, the putting surfaces should provide a stiff challenge.

Therefore, golfers with solid all-around games should contend deep into play on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the tee times for the top three groups in the opening rounds, per PGA of America, alongside predictions for how each of them will do this weekend.

Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth

8:25 a.m. ET: Round 1, Hole 10

1:35 p.m. ET: Round 2, Hole 1

Sergio Garcia has one of the best games from tee to green, ranking fifth in that category on the PGA Tour, but he’s near the bottom in putting, ranking 180th out of 202 golfers. If his putter abandons him this week, then he’ll have trouble even making the cut. Expect him to make weekend play, but he won’t be in contention for the title.

Koepka’s major record is phenomenal. Since the 2013 PGA Championship, he has made 14 of 14 major cuts (he did not play in the 2014 Masters or 2016 Open Championship). Furthermore, he’s finished in the top five four times and hasn’t done worse than 21st since the 2015 Masters. It’s hard to bet against Koepka this week, and the prediction is that he finishes in the top 10.

Jordan Spieth is going for the career Grand Slam, a remarkable feat considering that he isn’t turning 25 years old until next year. He has the best approach game in golf and has made 14 of his last 15 major cuts, winning three titles and finishing anywhere between second and fourth for four others.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Spieth complete the career Grand Slam on Sunday, but a few other top golfers may have a slight edge this week (see the final grouping below for details).

Still, like Koepka, Spieth should be in contention on Sunday. A top-five finish is the guess here.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson

8:35 a.m. ET: Round 1, Hole 10

1:45 p.m. ET: Round 2, Hole 1

Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, has struggled this season. He ranks just 49th in strokes gained from tee to green, and more specifically, his iron game has not been on point this year, as he’s 154th in strokes gained on approaches. That will hurt him this week, as awry approach shots will find a litany of issues around the greens (e.g. bunkers, tough rough, water).

Still, he’s a tough golfer who grinds out major championships (13 top-10 finishes and only one missed cut since 2012). Expect him to find a way to make the cut here, but he won’t be near the top of the leaderboard.

Dustin Johnson has one massive advantage over the field, and that’s his incredible ability to drive the ball to outer space. He’s first on the PGA Tour in driving distance (314.3 yards) and has ranked no worse than second in that category since 2013.

However, as said before, the golfer with the best all-around game should win. Johnson is 181st on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, and that could hurt him at this course. He is also 187th in sand save percentage.

DJ should make the cut, but he won’t be contending on Sunday. Still, don’t be surprised to see an eagle or two from him on some of these par-fives.

Henrik Stenson has done poorly at Quail Hollow (per Kyle Porter of CBS Sports, his scoring average there has been 73 in the past five years). But he’s 11th in driving accuracy on the European Tour, 31st in greens in regulation and above average in driving distance.

He’s also seemed to leave a cold streak at the beginning of the year behind him, as he’s made seven of his last eight cuts after missing three straight.

Stenson, who is 40-1 to win outright, per OddsShark, certainly has the capability to put together a good few days here despite the poor track record. Expect him to get it done this time and finish top three.

Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler

1:35 p.m. ET: Round 1, Hole 1

8:25 a.m. ET: Round 2, Hole 10

Jon Rahm is one of the best golfers in the world, as he is sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking and fourth in strokes gained from tee to green on the PGA Tour.

However, his major track record does not befit a player of his stature. This year, he’s finished 27th at the Masters, 44th at the Open Championship and missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

But Rahm is only 22, so he has plenty of time to figure it out on the major stage. His time will come soon. Rahm will make the cut this week but will not contend for the Wanamaker Trophy.

PGA Championship 2017

The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. British public service broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that it has acquired the live and exclusive rights to carry this year’s US PGA Championship on television, radio and online.

Coverage from all four days of the competition will begin on the BBC iPlayer streaming service, online and the red button, before the conclusion of each round will be shown on the BBC Two TV channel.

The announcement sees a major golf tournament return to the free-to-air network just one year after it gave up its rights to the Open Championship after 60 years covering the event. Live coverage from the US PGA will begin on iPlayer, the red button and online, with the conclusion of each day’s play shown on BBC Two.

The BBC replaces pay-TV channel Sky Sports as the UK’s home of the year’s final major, just over one week after the broadcast giant launched a dedicated golf channel as part of its revamped offering, with the PGA of America on record as seeking wider media distribution for its event.

According to the Daily Mail, the deal is for one year and is worth a cut-price six-figure sum.

“We are delighted to be able to offer golf fans free-to-air TV coverage of the US PGA Championship,” said BBC Sport director Barbara Slater. “It brings together the best players in the world over four exciting days of action.”

The 2017 US PGA Championship will be the 99th edition of the golfing showpiece, and takes place between 10th and 13th August at the Quail Hollow Club, North Carolina.

“We are delighted to be able to offer golf fans free-to-air TV coverage of the US PGA Championship, said BBC Sport director Barbara Slater.

The deal represents a sizeable coup for the British broadcaster, which has aired only two days of live professional men’s golf so far this year.

The BBC’s TV coverage will be led by Eilidh Barbour, alongside veteran commentators Peter Alliss and Ken Brown.
TV schedule (All times BST)

Thursday August 10

1800-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer
2320-0015 – BBC Two
2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Friday August 11

1800-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer
2305-0015 – BBC Two
2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Saturday August 12

1900-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer
2230-0015 – BBC Two
2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Sunday August 13

1900-0015: BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer
2200-0015: BBC Two
2200-0100: Radio 5 live

Matsuyama dominates US PGA Championship betting

Hideki Matsuyama can become the first Japanese golfer PGA Championship betting to win a major this week and he will arrive at the USA PGA Championship in sensational form. A second World Golf Championship victory at Bridgestone on Sunday means the man who has won six of his last 20 tournaments is now all the rage for glory at Quail Hollow.

Matsuyama finished 5 shots clear of Zach Johnson PGA Championship betting on -16, after a bogey-free course record equalling round of 61 that included an eagle and seven birdies. It is also the lowest final round recorded in any WGC victory previous.

Since Thursday, Matsuyama has PGA Championship betting accounted for 13.1% of bets on the US PGA market, Rory McIlroy the next most with 9%. The figures are even more in the 25-year-old’s favour when you look at the data from when he teed off yesterday. He accounts for 19.3% of bets and over third of all money placed on the market (37% of stakes).

At the start of last week, Hideki was priced at 25/1 to win his first major but his impressive play from Thursday to Saturday at Firestone Country Club saw his odds cut to 18/1. His final round then intimidated the bookies once more and he is now as short as 10/1, with just the one bookie holding out at 14/1 for the time being.

2017 PGA Championship TV Coverage

American Jordan Spieth celebrates victory over American Matt Kuchar at the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England on July 23, 2017. Spieth won in a combined score of 268, twelve under par. File photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI

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Jordan Spieth celebrated his 24th birthday during his week off after winning the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Spieth can give himself the best present of all this week by becoming the sixth player to complete the modern career Grand Slam with a win in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

He would become the youngest to complete the career Slam and the first to finish it off in the PGA, but he is trying not to focus on that.

“I’m looking it like it’s just another major and there are only four of them every year that we try to peak for, and that’s enough to make it important,” said Spieth, who claimed his first two major titles, the Masters and U.S. Open, back-to-back in 2015.

“I’m healthy and playing well, so I feel like I have a chance. If I (complete the career Slam) this year, fantastic, but if I don’t, I might have 30 more chances to do it. I believe I will do it at some point, and it would be nice to happen now.”

The five players who pulled off the career Grand Slam were Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player of South Africa and Tiger Woods.

“To be in that company, no doubt, is absolutely incredible,” Spieth told reporters Sunday about his excitement at the opportunity. “What those guys have done has transcended the sport. And in no way, shape or form do I think I’m anywhere near that, whatsoever. So it’s a good start, but there is a long way to go.”

Winning all four majors is so difficult that the likes of Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Tommy Armour of Scotland and Raymond Floyd were not able to claim the elusive final leg of the Slam.

Interestingly, three players will have a chance to finish it off in the next three majors: Spieth this week, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in the Masters next April and Phil Mickelson in the U.S. Open next June.

McIlroy has claimed four major titles, including the PGA twice, but hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since the 2014 PGA at Valhalla. He is 0-for-3 while trying to wrap up the career Slam by winning the Masters.

“I think Jordan has a great chance to do it this week, and it would be huge for golf,” said McIlroy, who has tied for ninth, tied for third and tied for seventh in the past three Masters. “Tiger did it at 24, too, and that’s historic in itself.

“If Jordan is able to do it, it would be great for the sport as I said, and I texted him after he won the Open and told him that.”

Mickelson has claimed 48 titles in his pro career and is a five-time major winner, but he is winless everywhere since he claimed a third leg of the Grand Slam by winning the Open Championship in 2014 at Muirfield. That was the one everyone felt would be the most difficult for him to win.

Lefty has finished second eight times in the U.S. Open, the only major he has failed to win, but hasn’t come close in his three attempts to complete the career Slam, tying for 28th, tying for 64th and missing the cut.

This year, he skipped the tournament at Erin Hills because his daughter Amanda’s high school graduation game on the same day as the first round. At the age of 47, his clock definitely is ticking.

“You look at Jack Nicklaus, he went through a stretch where he didn’t win a major in three years,” McIlroy said after tying for fourth at Royal Birkdale. “I’m not comparing myself to Jack. It’s hard to win them. It’s very hard. It’s the reason especially in this generation, excluding Tiger, no one’s got above five. So it’s tough to win them.

“I feel like three years (without winning a major) has been too long. But at the same time I’m not going to rush it, I’m not going to be impatient. I’m going to play my game. And hopefully my chance arrives at some point and I’m able to take it.”

McIlroy won four majors by the time he was 25 and probably felt a bit like Spieth does now, but the subsequent three years have taught him otherwise.

Bobby Jones won the original Grand Slam in 1930, capturing the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur in the same season.

After winning his first two majors in 2015, Spieth tied for fourth in the Open Championship and finished second in the PGA to complete a brilliant season in the Grand Slam events.

It would be nice if he could win the PGA this week, before he learns that it’s not all that easy, even for the great ones.

Golfers tee off at PGA Championship despite rainy start

The final touches were being put on the grounds of Quail Hollow Club Monday morning as crews prepared for an event that has been years in the making, the PGA Championship.http://anytv.info/golf/Pre-tournament events tee off Monday morning in south Charlotte despite the rainy start to the historic event.


Channel 9 reached out to PGA Championship officials who said they are monitoring the forecast minute-by-minute ahead of the tournament.

“Tomorrow, we open the gates, the lights come on, so to speak. It’s exciting,” championship director Jason Mengel said. “We’re putting the finishing touches on a couple things out on the golf course, but all the big structures are done. It’s just those last second details.”

Channel 9 reporter Gina Esposito watched crews with blowers try to dry up the greens before players tee off.

Mengel said good weather has kept preparations for the massive operation on schedule.

“Over 600,000 square feet of temp(orary) flooring, it means over 300 temporary structures, thousands of bleacher seats,” Mengel said.

Mengel said Charlotte has proven to be a perfect spot for the event, saying they set an all-time ticket sales record for a PGA Championship.

For the thousands of people planning on attending, there’s a lot to know about getting to the Quail Hollow Club.

First, you must have tickets to attend. Second, you need to be prepared for traffic.

Gleneagles Road will be closed each day from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. between Quail Hollow and Park roads.

There are three main ways to get to the tournament. Fans can drive and park in offsite PGA lots, take an Uber to an approved lot nearby or take the Lynx Blue Line to Sharon Road West.

Whether fans drive, utilize a ride-sharing service or take the light rail, shuttles will take them to the actual championship site.

Channel 9 reporter Elsa Gillis spoke with a lot of fans at the pro shop Sunday, ready for the big event and blown away by the magnitude of it.

“It’s huge. It’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city of Charlotte, for anybody who lives here,” Clay Trescher said.

“I’ve been watching them build this for the last two months because I live right down the street, and it’s just fantastic what they’re doing,” Scott Hill said.

More than anything, fans are excited to see the world’s best golfers.

“Seeing the players, definitely, guys like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy,” Trescher said.

“I can’t believe how big, how large it is,” Minor Hinson said. “All the infrastructure they built just in a short period of time, it’s incredible. It’s worth it to come out and take a look at it.”

Channel 9 will be live from Quail Hollow Club throughout the PGA Championship week. In a prime time special, Eyewitness News will give you an inside look at the golf tournament in the Queen City. From the course to the crew, we’ll show you the changes that have been years in the making.


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United States Women’s Open Championship Live Stream News Stream Game

A make would have tied her with Shanshan Feng atop the early leader board in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday. The miss brought back a familiar feeling, one that dotted a disappointing finish at the LPGA Tour’s previous major, the Women’s PGA Championship in early July.

But Ko, who spent the past three days on the practice putting greens, mostly made putting a strength throughout a 4-under-par round of 68 at Trump National Golf Club. Feng, who played with Ko and two-time champion Inbee Park, finished the round as the clubhouse leader at 6 under, one shot ahead of Amy Yang . It was the first time that the three medalists from the Rio Olympic tournament — Park won gold for South Korea, Ko won silver for New Zealand and Feng won bronze for China — were in the same group.
Shrugging off back spasms, Kerr opened with a 3-under 69 at the course where she is a member, 3 strokes behind leader Shanshan Feng, in solid shape to contend in her 22nd U.S. Women’s Open a decade after she won the championship at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

That Kerr shot the low score in her grouping with a pair of 20-something South Koreans — Mi Jung Hur (71) and Sung Hyun Park (73) — was just fine with her. The long-hitting Park, 23, who tied for third in her first U.S. Women’s Open last year, has won multiple times in her homeland since 2015 and is regarded by many as a player to watch.

“You’re saying I’m not the future of the game?” Kerr said jokingly. “The golf ball doesn’t know age.”

Kerr has been feeling her age thanks to the back issue that flared up during the final round of last week’s Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, where she finished fifth, and bothered her in the opening round.

“I fought some spasms in my mid-back pretty much all day, but I made it work,” she said. “I’m not going to practice, and I’ll get some treatment. It’s something that’ll go away with some rest. You just have to deal with it.”

Kerr’s husband, Erik Stevens, recalled that she won the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open after spraining her ankle the day before the tournament started.

“I can’t remember her — or almost any golfer I’ve known — playing a tournament where there’s not something going on,” Stevens said. “It’s a hard sport, and there’s always some little injury. Right now, she’s held together by physio tape and Advil. But she’s one of the toughest athletes I’ve ever met.”

The 27-year old Feng is trying for her eighth LPGA win and her second major championship. Her last LPGA victory came in Ann Arbor, Mich. in May. Her previous major win came in 2012 in what was then the LPGA Championship.

Q&A: Four! Bernhard Langer seeks to extend streak of three

golfer Bernhard Langer didn’t win the U.S. Senior Open earlier this month, which means he’ll have to start a new string of senior major victories when he competes in the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club this week.

Langer will certainly be the favorite to win for the third time in four majors because the two-time Masters champion continues to dominate senior golf and has shown no signs of slowing down, even if he proved the last time out that you really can’t win them all.

He’s been so dominant, in fact, that he came under attack during the Senior Open for the way he uses his long putter, which critics insist comes too close to the “anchor” stroke that now is prohibited by the USGA. Some even went so far as to question Langer’s integrity for continuing to putt in that manner, even though he met with USGA officials and was told his stroke is legal under the new rules.

“It’s a privilege to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and be here at TPC Sawgrass to represent the Champions Tour at THE PLAYERS,” said Langer. “I look forward to defending my title at Belmont Country Club in June. I am also excited to know the championship is going to an historic golf course next year, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, where fans will get to witness some of the best players in the history of our game. We are fortunate to be able to compete on such an excellent course.”

“We are pleased that the tournament is headed to Philadelphia following an exciting championship next month in Boston at Belmont Country Club,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation.

“Philadelphia is another important market for Constellation and is a market in which we have been active for years providing competitive energy services to many commercial and residential customers. This move will allow us to rotate the championship to another memorable course and to continue a long history of being active in and giving back to the communities we serve.”

“The Philadelphia Cricket Club is proud to have been selected to host the 2016 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship,” Michael J. Vergare, president of The Philadelphia Cricket Club, said. “We are excited to host some of the legends in golf on our newly restored A.W. Tillinghast designed Wissahickon Golf Course. The history of golf in America is intertwined with our club and our founding members of the Golf Association of Philadelphia. We welcome the opportunity to share our great course with the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour.”

Joe Rotellini, executive director of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, is also excited about the move to one of Philadelphia’s most classic courses in 2016.

“This announcement today allows us to plan well in advance and make the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS in Philadelphia an event not to be missed,” Rotellini said. “Champions Tour professionals will love The Philadelphia Cricket Club, and so will the fans and sponsors.”

For more information on the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, please visit cspgolf.com or call the championship office at (781) 205-2040. For updates and a behind-the-scenes look at championship preparations, follow the championship at facebook.com/SeniorPlayers, twitter.com/seniorplayers and instagram.com/cspgolf.