The pandemic continues to mess with some of the major sport events across the globe. However, the 2020 PGA Championship will tee off as expected at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. It is known as the penultimate event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour regular season.
It is the first major championship for the venue. It has been a while since the PGA Tour in 2015 and the WGC-Match Play in 2009. In fact, this is the first major ever held at a TPC property.
Furthermore, it’s the first time since 1995 (Riviera in Los Angeles) that the PGA Championship will be played in the state of California. Of note, TPC Harding Park is a par 70 at 7,234 yards.
Ninety-five of the world’s Top 100 players are scheduled to play. The missing contenders are Francesco Molinari from Italy and England’s Lee Westwood. No doubt the culprit is the lingering coronavirus.
A bit of history: Way back in 1958, the PGA Championship went to stroke play although it had started out as a match play event. The famed Jack Nicklaus won the reformatted event five times – a record.
Now Brooks Koepka will step forward to gain the title. In 2019 won by two shots at Bethpage Black (going wire-to-wire) in New York. In 2018, he also prevailed by two shots at Bellerive, near St. Louis.
He is a +1000 co-favorite with Justin Thomas, the play who won Sunday’s WGC-St. Jude Invitational. He is top dog in the world rankings. In 2017, he won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We will see what happens, but history has a lesson for us. Players ranked first in the world had won the previous two PGA Tour events, both held at TPC Harding Park.
These stars are Rory McIlroy, known for the 2015 WGC-Match Play and the illustrious Tiger Woods who took the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship.