The PGA championship has become the center of attention as the attention given to the golf world has now been diverted to it. The new PGA Tour schedule features a Tripple Crown such as cadence-the four majors now come rapid fire in a three-month window and afterward we will wait three quarters of a year for Augusta. We need to stop and smell the roses because very soon the major golf season will be over.
Let’s look at who and what are trending in the right–and wrong–direction as Bethpage Black looms large.
Tiger Woods: Woods won the Masters four weeks ago, and he captured his 15th major championship and reignited his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. Woods opted to skip each event between Augusta and Beth probably because of the stage he is in his career. He is returning to Bethpage where he won the 2002 U.S.
C.T Pan, a former world No.1 amateur held off Matt Kuchar to win the RBC Heritage. On Sunday, Golf legend Max Homa was steady as can be in winning the Wells Fargo Championship, the culmination of a comeback from the 2016-17season when he missed 15of 17 cuts. The two players will make their PGA Championship debuts at Bethpage.
Patric Cantlay: He has seven top 10s in 11 starts in the 2018-19 season. He has shown some progress as he has crept up to No 17 in the world despite having just one win on his resume. He almost won at RBC Heritage as he finished T3. Cantlay is sixth in strokes gained overall this year on the spot ahead of Tiger Woods.
Jon Rahm: The 24-year old Spaniard officially picked up his 3rd PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic where he paired up with Ryan Pamer. He has eight top ten finishes on the year.
Bethpage Black: PGA 2019 will mark the first time the tournament will be held at municipal-owned golf since 1974. It is the right choice because Bethpage is well equipped for such a major. There was some concern that the course wouldn’t be pristine by early May, but it’s already confirmed that it’s already in tip-top shape.
Bryson DeChambeau: He held a share of the first round lead at the Masters after a 66.but he played the rest of the tournament and finished T29. He won four times in nine times last year.
Jordan Spieth: He has struggled for quite some time, and he showed some hopes on at the Masters where he rebounded from a Thursday 75 to shoot three straight under-par rounds and finished T21-his best finish on the season. He has no top ten since last year’s British Open. He is No.39 in the world.
Political self-awareness: Ladies European Tour Player Carly Booth announced a new sponsorship deal with golf Saudi. She said that she was honored to represent Golf Saudi as they acknowledged that women in sport were of paramount importance. She also added that they are doing all they can to introduce women and girls into sports. Later European tour CEO Keith Pelley announced that his tour would return to Saudi Arabia for another tournament. The announcement came after the Saudi government had been reported to have executed 37 people for terror-related crimes of varying legitimacy.
Player-broadcaster relationships: This is all about a single exchange between Brooks Koepka and Brandel Chamblee. On his Golf Channel podcast, Chamblee said that the only players who can challenge Tiger are Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. In response, Koepka sent a tweet of a picture with a clown nose. Chamblee stood by his assessment, but Koepka now has all it takes.