After waiting nearly a year, golf fans will finally get to see a major golf championship as the PGA Championship tees off this week.
A week that golf fans have been waiting for (literally) all year is finally here. Yes, major championship golf is back this week as the best players from around the world get together for the season’s first major, the PGA Championship.
Yes, it is somewhat ironic that the championship that CBS once tagged as “glory’s last shot” is, in 2020, the first major of the season. That, of course, is due to the coronavirus pandemic that forced the postponement of three majors and the cancellation of one.
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In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s where we stand. The Masters, always played in April, will be played in November this season. The PGA Championship, formerly an August event that was moved to May is now being played in August.
The U.S. Open, which is generally played in June, will be played in September this season. And the Open Championship, which is played each year in July, has been canceled this season.
OK, now that we’re caught up, let’s get back to this week. The 102nd edition of the PGA Championship will be held beginning on Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. It will be the first time that this course will host a major, but it’s not the first time that the world’s best will be competing on the course.
In 2005, Harding Park hosted the WGC-American Express Championship, the first time the PGA Tour had played there since 1969. The event went to sudden death, where Tiger Woods held off John Daly to claim the title.
In 2009, Harding Park played host to the Presidents Cup, with the United States hosting the International squad. The U.S. team, led by Woods’ 5-0 record, topped the Internationals by five points in an expected win.
Then in 2015, the world’s best players returned again to Harding Park for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. This time, it was Rory McIlroy claiming the title in San Francisco.
This week, Woods, McIlroy and most of the other top players in the world will converge on San Francisco again.
Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who was the runner-up at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last week, will also be on hand to try and win his third PGA championship.
Justin Thomas, who won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude will also be on hand. Thomas is the last player other than Koepka to win the PGA. He did so at Quail Hollow in Charlotte in 2017.
Major championship golf returns this week and golf fans around the world are excited. They might even call the PGA Championship, just for this year, “glory’s FIRST shot”.