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PGA Championship Preview

This is the second major of the year as a result of the schedule changes to the schedule this year

The PGA Championship tees off on May 1 at Bethpage State Park, Black Course in Farmingdale, NY. This is the second major of the year as a result of the schedule changes to the schedule this year. Usually the PGA tees off in August, instead we get it the weekend The Players normally tees up.

Purse: $11,000,000

Champion: $1,980,000

TV Schedule

  • Thursday May 16th: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on TNT
  • Friday May 17th: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on TNT
  • Saturday May 18th: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST on TNT
  • Saturday May 18th: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on CBS
  • Sunday May 19th: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST on TNT
  • Sunday May 19th: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on CBS

Weather

Whose Teeing Off

The field is 155 guys and obviously every big name is going to tee it up here. The only notable exception is Justin Thomas who withdrew because of a wrist injury. We’ll be seeing Tiger Woods here for the first time since his Masters win, see if he has any rust to kick off at the start of this tournament. Here are some notable pairings for the first two rounds and their tee times on Thursday.

Hole #1

  • 1:16 PM: Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth
  • 1:38 PM: Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day

Hole #10

  • 7:40 AM: Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott (JT Withdrew)
  • 8:02 AM: Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose
  • 8:13 AM: Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Alex Noren
  • 8:24 AM: Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

Recent History

Like the other majors to come, the recent history here is odd because this tournament is played at a different course each year. In fact, the PGA Championship has never been played at Bethpage Black but Bethpage Black has hosted two US Opens. So we’ll look at PGA Championship history, and the brief Bethpage Black history for the two most recent tournaments.

PGA Championship Winners & History
  • 2018 (Bellerive): Brooks Koepka (-16)
    • Runner-Up: Tiger Woods (-14)
  • 2017 (Quail Hollow): Justin Thomas (-8)
    • Runner-Up: Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari (-6)
  • 2016 (Baltusrol): Jimmy Walker (-14)
    • Runner-Up: Jason Day (-13)
  • 2015 (Whistling Straits): Jason Day (-20)
    • Runner-Up: Jordan Spieth (-17)

There are many guys here who have played well at PGA Championship regardless of course the past few years.

  • Francesco Molinari finished T6 (2018), T2 (2017), T22 (2016)
  • Rickie Fowler finished T12 (2018), T5 (2017), T30 (2015)
  • Rory McIlroy has two PGA wins in 2012 and 2014. Finished T50 (2018), T22 (2017), T17 (2015).
  • Adam Scott finished T3 (2018), T61 (2017), T18 (2016)
  • Jason Day finished T19 (2018), T9 (2017), T2 (2016), and won in 2015.
  • Dustin Johnson finished T27 (2018), T13 (2017), T7 (2015)
  • Jordan Spieth finished T12 (2018), T28 (2017), T13 (2016), T2 (2015)
  • Justin Rose finished T19 (2018), T22 (2016), T4 (2015)
  • Brooks Koepka won last year, T13 (2017), T4 (2016), T5 (2015)
  • Tiger Woods finished T2 (2018), and T40 (2013). Between ’13 and ’18 and he either didn’t play or missed the cut.

Bethpage Black History

Bethpage has hosted The Barclays in 2012 and 2016 and the U.S. Open in 2002 (Tiger Woods won) and 2009 (Lucas Glover won). So because not many guys have real history here this part will be short.

  • Rory has finished T31 (2016,), T24 (2012), and T10 in the 2009 U.S. Open.
  • Brooks Koepka has played here once in 2016 and finished T70.
  • Dustin Johnson has played here three times finished T18 (2016), T3 (2012), and T40 (2009.
  • Tiger didn’t play here in 2016 but in 2012 he finished T38 and in 2009 he finished T6.
  • Sergio Garcia has two top 10s here, finished T3 in 2012 and T10 in 2009.
  • Bubba Watson has had success here also, T13 (2016), T10 (2012), and T18 (2009).
  • Rickie Fowler finished T7 (2016), and T24 (2012). He missed the cut in 2009.
  • Justin Rose in his two appearances at the Barclays finished T31 and T46. He also missed the cut in 2009.
  • Spieth has played here once in 2016 and finished T10.
  • Adam Scott finished T4 in 2016, T62 in 2012, and T36 at the U.S. Open in 2009.

The Course

Bethpage Black is located in Farmingdale, NY on Long Island. It was designed by AW Tillinghast and Joe Burbeck in 1936 and today is a 7,450 yard Par 70 course. Very long course that has a ton of bunkers all over, two different sets of thick rough, tree lined, and based on the weather the wind can play a huge factor here.

Both Par 5’s on this course are reachable in two, but there are also Par 4’s that are almost just as long, or longer than the Par 5’s which leads to the length and difficulty of this course. All the rain this week out there will help the longer hitters as the ball isn’t going to get as much roll as normal. Below we have a look at how thick the rough is there this week, and then a look at some of the featured holes on this course.

Hole #7: 524 Yard Par 4

Take a look at hole #6 too I guess. Hole #7 though, is a long ass Par 4 at 524 yards. This is obviously going to be a big bogey hole if you miss off the tee at all. This is a dog leg right with sand traps all over the hole, including two on the left and right side of the green. This is will be a fun hole to watch. Anybody who gets a birdie here is stealing a stroke from the rest of the players.

Hole #12: 515 Yard Par 4

Another long Par 4 here. This hole is a dog leg left and players will have to drive it over the bunkers to shorten up this hole, which should be doable for almost everybody. Anything that is hit to the right will just make that second shot even longer. Interesting note that is hole will play at pretty much the same length as the Par 5 4th on the front. The green is guess what? Protected by bunkers everywhere but the back side.

Hole #13: 608 Yard Par 5

The only Par 5 on the back is a straightway hole lined by trees on both sides, and sand traps on the left off of the tee. There are also sand traps about 30-40 yards short of the green that will penalize players for being short if they decide to go for the green in two. If not, players will obviously layup before those sand traps for the third shot in. With the wet conditions this hole will play longer than normal. The green slopes from back to front and is very small. It also has one of the deepest bunkers on the course protecting it to the right, and on the back side a severe slope down.

Hole #17: 207 Yard Par 3

Second to last hole on the course is a dandy. Decently sized Par 3 that whose green is protected all over by sand traps on long, thick rough. The green is also just a bit elevated from the tee and is two-tiered.

Picks

One & Done: We’re going to go with Rory McIlroy this weekend. He’s won the PGA twice, finished T31, and T24 when the Barclays was at Bethpage Black and finished T10 last time the US Open played here. He has also been ridiculously good this year so no reason not to pick him.

Betting Winner: Rory McIlroy (+1200), Sergio Garcia (+4000), Gary Woodland (+7000)

Top 10: Rory McIlroy (+110), Francesco Molinari (+225), Sergio Garcia (+350), Ryan Palmer (+1400), Gary Woodland (+600)

Daily Fantasy Lineup:

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Ryan Moore
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Gary Woodland
  • Adam Scott
  • Bubba Watson

One & Done History:

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
  4. WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
  5. The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
  6. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
  7. The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
  8. The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
  9. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
  10. Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
  11. The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
  12. RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
  13. Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
  14. Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
  15. AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
  16. The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy –
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