Jordan Spieth's message to PGA Tour rivals: I'll play even better next year  | National Post 

Jordan Spieth sets his sights on a Grand Slam.  Having already won the Masters and US Open in 2015, while also clinching The Open Championship in 2017, the PGA Championship is the only major to elude the former PGA Player of the Year (2015)


SAN FRANSISCO, CA– Set against the cypress tree-lined Lake Merced, the improved TPC Harding Park Course layout features soft bunkers and graceful undulating fairways. An additional 400 yards was also added to the course to make it a championship-caliber golf facility ready for PGA TOUR action. The course also underwent a greens renovation in December 2013 re-opened in 2014.  Here’s the rundown on the season’s first major:


Rory McIlroy major warning sent to rivals ahead of 2020 PGA Championship - EXCLUSIVE | Golf | Sport | most popular and polarizing athletes on the PGA tour will be on the attack for the tour’s first major of the season


Flipboard: Justin Thomas won the 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in thrilling fashion. Let's never do it again.Justin Thomas regained the World’s no.1 after having ceded the ranking to Jon Rahm for two weeks.  Thomas clinched his position after outlasting defending champion Brooks Koepka AT the FedEx Cup St. Jude Invitational 
2020 profile
World Rk:  1                                               Age:  27
FedExCup Rk:  1                                      Events:  14
2020 Tour Victories:  3                       Top 10:  9
Total Majors:  1-PGA Championship 2017
Est. 2013

King JT is by far the hottest golfer on tour and is the legitimate favorite going into the PGA Championship.  After a grueling battle of endurance, Thomas defeated rival Brooks Koepka this past weekend at the WGC St. Jude’s Invitational in Nashville, setting up a juicy showdown featuring the two men who have dominated the past three PGA Championships

  • *SG: Approach the Green Value-1.072 (1st)
  • SG: Around the Green Value-1.072 (1st)
  • SG: Tee to Green Value-1.928 (1st)
  • SG: Total Value-2.085 (1st)
  • Scoring Average: 69.001 (2nd)
  • **Scrambling%: 66.29 (5th)
*Strokes Gained  **The % of time a player misses the green in regulation, but still make par or better


Rise of Rory: How McIlroy is pushing his way back to top of the world - Sport360 NewsAlthough World’s no. 3 Rory McILroy has been a constant threat on tour, he has failed to produce a major win since he doubled up in 2014 (PGA Championship/The Open Championship)
2020 Profile
World Rk:  3                                             Age:  31
FedExCup Rk:  5                                      Events:  11
2020 Tour Victories:  1                       Top 10:  6
Total Majors: 4-U.S. Open (’11)/PGA Championship (2)-(’12/’14)/The Open Championship (’14)
Est. 2007

Fan favorite McILroy can hear the whispers of ghosts in the gallery.  Ever since his 2014 triumph at Valhalla, Rory has been unable to duplicate his magic touch at majors in recent years, despite his unquestioned position as a tour heavyweight.  The world will be watching as  McILroy attempts to return to championship form.

  • SG: Off the Tee Value-.801 (4th)
  • SG: Tee to Green Value-1.499 (5th)
  • Scoring Avg: 69.016 (3rd)
  • Driving Distance: 312.9 (5th)
  • SG: Total-1.595 (8th)


Why Is the Golf World So Scared of Bryson DeChambeau? | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and HighlightsTour phenom Bryson Dechambeau will have all eyes on him as he attempts to drive his way to his first major at TPC Harding
2020 Profile
World Rk:  7                                              Age:  26
FedExCup Rk:  4                                      Events:  25
2020 Tour Victories:  1                       Top 10:  8
Total Majors: None
Est. 2016
  • Driving distance: 324.4 (1st)
  • SG: Off the Tee Value-1.120 (1st)
  • SG: Putting Value-.808 (6th)
  • SG: Total Value-2.004 (2nd)
  • Scoring Avg: 68.996 (2nd)
  • Scrambling %: 65.61 (8th)


  • ImageBryson DeChambeau hopes to stress out the drone technology this week as he brings his tour leading () avg to TPC Harding


Phil Mickelson, after playing Saudi pro-am with backers of rival PGA Tour venture, says he's impressed by Premier Golf League pitchLefty hopes to lean on his performance at the WGC St. Jude Invitational
2020 Profile
World Rk:  49                                               Age:  50
FedExCup Rk:  62                                      Events:  14
2020 Tour Victories:  None                       Top 10:  2
Total Majors:  5-The Masters (3)-(’04/’06/’10)/PGA Championship (’05)/The Open Championship (’13)
Est. 1992

Perennial fan favorite, Phil Mickelson is now entering his Golden Age and his rewind performance last weekend in Nashville has inspired the hope within his rabid fanbase that Lefty has another major in him, even at 50.  Mickelson will embrace the challenge and the adulation this week in attempt to take down *Julius Boros‘ 52 year old record and become the oldest player on tour to win a major since 1968.

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Julius Boros (1949)

*(PGA Championship 1968-48 years, 4 months)


Tiger Woods confirms he's been personally approached by PGA Tour rival Premier Golf League | Golf World | Golf DigestWoods arrived early to TPC Harding, his first time back since the 2009 President’s Cup
2020 Profile
World Rk:  15                                               Age:  44
FedExCup Rk:  48                                      Events:  4
2020 Tour Victories:  1                       Top 10:  2
Total Majors:  15-The Masters (5)-(’97/’01/’02/’05/’19)/U.S. Open (3)-(’00/’02/’08)/PGA Championship (4)-(’99/’00/’06/’07)/The Open Championship (3)-(’00/’05/’06)
Est. 1996

If Tiger could demonstrate some proximity of his apex game, he will have a shot at the PGA.  Having skipped the 3M Open and the WGC St. Jude, Woods has invested his preparation time  for TPC Harding, a course he has not visited in 11 years.  For that to happen he must remain healthy throughout the duration of the weekend.  In this tournament, if Woods gets off to a confident start the golf world will begin to focus its attention on how his body is maintaining.  From his swing off the tee to every step that he takes on the march, Tiger will be heavily scrutinized as he chases major no. 16.


Tiger Woods: PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka survives black course - The Economic Times2-time PGA Championship defending champion Brooks Koepka is gunning for a prestigious 3-peat and layING a foundation that will count him amongst the golf giants
2020 Profile
World Rk:  6                                               Age:  31
FedExCup Rk:  96                                      Events:  11
2020 Tour Victories:  None                       Top 10:  2
Total Majors:  4-(2) U.S. Open (’17/’18)/(2) PGA Championship (’18/’19)
Est. 2012

Pride.  Legacy.  Mental Toughness.  Left Knee.  All will play a factor in Koepka’s historical 3-time defense of the PGA Championship.  Koepka appeared to be rounding into form as he maintained a high level of play last week in Memphis, finishing in 2nd place.


Jon Rahm offers support and guidance during coronavirus crisis | Golf News | Sky SportsJon Rahm attempts to bounce back after faltering in Memphis this past weekend at the FedEx St. Jude’s Invitational.  Rahm’s reign as World’s no. 1 came to an abrupt end after finishing in 52nd place by tournaments end shooting a score (+1).  The tour’s most versatile player will be in search for his first major at the Pga Championship
2020 Profile
World Rk:  2                                               Age:  25
  FedExCup Rk:  10                                      Events:  11
2020 Tour Victories:  1                      Top 10:  5
Total Majors:  None
Est. 2016
  • SG: Off the Tee Value-.710 (6th)
  • SG: Tee to Green Value-1.209 (8th)
  • SG: Total Value-1.691 (4th)
  • Scoring Avg: 69.522 (7th)


US PGA Championship 2019: Brooks Koepka retains title – as it happened | Sport | The GuardianDefending back-to-back PGA Champion Brooks Koepka looks to make history at TPC Harding this weekend
(via William hill)
Justin Thomas: 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau: 10-1
Brooks Koepka: 11-1
Rory McIlroy: 11-1
Jon Rahm: 14-1
Patrick Cantlay: 18-1
Dustin Johnson: 20-1
Xander Schauffele: 22-1
Collin Morikawa: 22-1
Webb Simpson: 25-1
Tiger Woods: 28-1
Rickie Fowler: 35-1
tony finau: 35-1

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