PGA Tour, European Tour.
Date: Thursday 6th August - Sunday 9th August 2020.
Course: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California, United States.
How to watch the 2020 PGA Championship: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event.
The first major of the year and arguably the most anticipated PGA Championship ever tees off on Thursday afternoon!
He’s currently the world number one and the 2017 champion. Thomas has been very consistent since the restart culminating in a win at the WGC-St Jude Invitational in Memphis which has made him the favourite for this year’s tournament.
A lot has been made of DeChambeau’s new fitness regime which has seen him top the driving distance charts. It has undoubtedly been working as he also won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July and he has made a few top 10 finishes, but he did fail to make the cut at the Memorial tournament a few weeks back.
The current world number four is coming into this major with some form after winning the RBC Heritage tournament back in June. He won the US Open back in 2012 and has disappointed massively in majors since then with 5th place at the 2019 Masters being his best major performance since his first win. Simpson is known for his putting ability and remains one of the best on tour.
Rahm was briefly the world number one after his recent victory at the Memorial tournament — making him one of the favourites for the first major of the year. He has yet to win a major and will want to avoid joining Lee Westwood and Luke Donald as the only world number ones not to win one sooner rather than later.
Rory McIlroy has good memories of this course as he won the WGC Match Play Championship here in 2015. Combined with his number three ranking; he’s one of the favourites to win the PGA Championship. However, his form has been nothing special as of late, and he hasn’t won a major since 2014 which was also the PGA Championship.
Koepka is the two-time defending champion at this event — winning in 2018 and 2019. Obviously, he is one of the favourites for the tournament and along with McIlroy has the necessary experience of winning a major unlike some of the other candidates.
The PGA Championship is the only major that Spieth hasn’t claimed with his runner-up spot in 2015 being his closest year. His form has suffered drastically since, and he finds himself at 59 in the rankings.
The 15-time major winner has been plagued with injuries since his 2019 Masters win and it’d be a tall order for him to win here. He has not played any warm-up event since the golf calendar resumed.
Other players to watch
As mentioned above, McIlroy has won on this course before and according to organisers; they’ve placed bunkers in areas to avoid giving the big-hitters an unfair advantage. We can only wait until tee time to truly gauge the difficulty of the course. However, it’s unlikely to provide such a stern test compared to the courses played at the US Open.
The great thing about golf is that it’s very common for an unlikely candidate to hit red-hot form for four days and to win a major ahead of the big names and don’t be too surprised if this happens again!
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