PGA Championship: Top 10 power rankings at Bethpage Black

A detailed view of the 2019 PGA Bethpage Black logo (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
A detailed view of the 2019 PGA Bethpage Black logo (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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The PGA Championship settles into its new slot in May at a former U.S. Open venue, Bethpage Black.

Just a month removed from the Masters, we’ve got another major championship on our hands. The Players Championship was moved to March, making room in May for the PGA Championship.

It’s Tiger Mania as he’ll make his first appearance since winning at Augusta.

Heavy rain has fallen recently in Farmingdale, New York, but Bethpage should have some time to dry out in what looks like it could be a dry, but cool, week.

It may not reach U.S. Open levels, but Bethpage should feature plenty of penal rough. It’s regarded as one of the tougher tests in golf and produced winning scores of 3-under and 4-under in the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open.

This is a course where driver is needed often and length is an asset. Accuracy is required too as it can be tough playing from the rough due to all the forced carries needed to hit Bethpage’s poa annua greens.

The course measures to 7,425 yards for a par 70.

Some key stats this week are strokes gained off the tee, approach from the rough, scrambling and par-4 performance, among others.

The PGA Championship features 156 players vying to make the top 70 and ties after 36 holes. The field is the deepest of all the majors and contains nearly all of the world top 100.

This week will be a test of focus. Let’s see who can lock in and hoist the Wanamaker Trophy.