The PGA Championship, here the final major of the golf season, thumb begins Thursday. Hosted at the stunning and challenging Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, just 20 miles south of Charleston, SC, the PGA Championship is different from the other majors as it is only open to PGA professionals, and not amateurs. Nicknamed “Glory’s Last Shot” for the final chance it presents players to win a major this season, the pressure is on for Tour professionals. Who will stand up to the challenge, and etch their name in history at the golf season’s final Major Championship?
What You Need to Know:
- Sixty-five people from 9 different countries have won the PGA Championship in the past. Of this years pros entering the tourney, 8 have multiple Major wins.
- The PGA Championship boasts the strongest field of all the Major Championships as only professional golfers can enter. The top players in the world will work to overcome the challenges of The Ocean Course, known as “the toughest golf course in America.”
- Kiawah Island, home of the Ocean Course, is a gorgeous backdrop for the Tournament but definitely presents its challenges this time of year. The Ocean Course is a stunning lay out on a 2 mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean but has no protection from the wind, or weather elements. Not only is it sweltering hot, but it is also prime hurricane season which could alter the weather drastically. This week’s forecast calls for lightning and thunder storms which could disrupt play over the weekend.
South Carolina has a proud golf tradition. It was the first place in America to introduce golf to the New World. As early as 1743 Charleston received shipments of golf balls and clubs from Scotland. In 1786 a year before the Constitution was adopted, SC hosted the first organized golf event. Considering all of these historic moments, it was a great surprise to learn that the 2012 PGA Championship is the first major in the Palmetto state.
Players to Watch:
I know I sound like a broken record… but, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods to see if he can snap his win-less streak in Majors at a Championship he has won four previous times.
Dustin Johnson is the hometown favorite. He even went to the local College of Charleston. A young gun on the PGA Tour, he has come in the top ten in two of the three PGA Championships he’s played. In 2010 a rules violation cost him a spot in a playoff at this Major. With six PGA Tour victories, he’d love nothing more than to break through in a “Major” way.
Keegan Bradley is one of three players in golf’s history to win a Major in their first try. He won in remarkable fashion at last year’s PGA Championships in Atlanta. He is on a hot streak and coming off his first PGA Tour win last week since the 2011 PGA with a blistering final round of 64.
Ernie Els: After his come-from-behind with at The (British) Open in July at 42-years old, all eyes will be on this South African vet to see if he can repeat his fantastic performance with his re-vamped game.
A teaser…. If you can’t get enough of the Olympics, don’t worry. An international golf competition is just around the corner. You will hear a lot of talk about the Ryder Cup during the broadcast this weekend. The Ryder Cup is a bi-annual competition contested between the United States and Europe, and ironically, was also held at The Ocean Course in 1991. It is arguably one of the most incredible golf tournaments, where patriotism and country spirit overwhelm golf. The Ryder Cup will be played Septemeber 28-30 at Medinah Country Club right outside of Chicago. At the end of the 2012 PGA Championship, 8 Americans will automatically qualify for team USA.
Tune in to watch the world’s best try to capture Glory’s Last Shot.
Thursday August 9th 12 PM — 6 PM TNT
Friday August 10th 12 PM — 6 PM TNT
Saturday August 11th 10 AM — 1 PM TNT 1 PM — 6 PM CBS
Sunday August 12th 10 AM — 1 PM TNT 1 PM — 6 PM CBS
All times are CST.