Why you should follow the PGA Championship

The 2022 PGA Championship begins May 16 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you don’t have the aura of Masters or Brits, this year’s second Grand Slam promises to be exciting in more ways than one. Here’s why.

Because Tiger Woods

Embarrassing (understatement) of affairs related to the Saudi League, the title holder Phil Mickelson He gave in at the last minute to come and defend his title. But the absence of the “left” will eventually remain unnoticed since then tiger woodThere will be, legend Tiger Woods.

His unexpected return to the Master had unleashed emotions. It would be the same again in Tulsa (Oklahoma), even if we expect the leopard to still be a bit rusty, as in Augusta.

At the age of 46, he is looking for a specialty 16 despite his pain and his lameness. The tiger discovered the southern hills in late April. He knows the track since he won there in 2007 when he was PGA Championship Stopped there for the last time. The road has undergone many changes. But we clearly know that if Woods agrees, it’s because he’s ambitious. Why don’t you see him fighting for victory on Sunday? That would be crazy…

Because the course is curiosity

fraught with a chaotic history, Southern Hills (at 70,6735 metres) promises to be formidable, like the test raised for even the best blades PGA Tour (AndAsian tourAnd DP World TourAnd from here Dory Leaf…). Built during the Great Depression, designed by the architect Perry Maxwellthe course that received three US Open and four PGA Championships, marked by narrow tree-lined fairways.

Reconfigurations in recent years have made confrontations more attractive, but the high greens and strategic podiums are still there to take on the big hitters.

According to the local professional, “Southern Hills is primarily a chipping test‘, where it is difficult to hit many greens in regulation because the slopes make the balls slide to the sides.

Hole No. 12 (below, 421 m) dubbed Ben Hogan And i got youIt is considered one of the most beautiful 4 competitions in the United States. This left dogleg calls for a very accurate second shot with the green being defended by a small creek and four deep bunkers.

No more August and sweltering heat

What also distinguishes the place is the intense heat that can reign there. When Tiger Woods won in August 2007, temperatures regularly exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) and huge fog had to be installed throughout the course.

on time, John Daly He even preferred the air conditioning in the casino rather than exploring the stadium.

Since 2019 and the transition to PGA in the US to May, gamers have less to worry about this kind of inconvenience.

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Chosen to replace Donald Trump’s Bedminster course, initially intended to receive testing after the events on Capitol Hill during the US election, the site is also notorious for its occasional dark episodes.

In 1977, FBI The tournament captain was alerted, Hubert Green, risked being dropped in the course. And his death threats didn’t stop him from playing on Sunday and winning.

A few years later, a score-settling between gangsters leads to a murder in the club’s parking lot. In short, we’ve known a quieter place for a golf tournament…

Because Spieth can win the four grand slams

Among the champions playing big this week in Tulsa are Jordan Spieth. The PGA Championship is the only major tournament missing from the Texas roster.

Capable of all racketeering feats on hand, Spieth is unpredictable this year. He missed his first career slash at the Masters, a victory at RBC Heritage and a second place finish in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am…it’s all or nothing.

No doubt many of his fans will know soon enough if Spieth is around for a good week.

Among the beautiful stories we can hope for, there is also waiting Rory McIlroyTwice winner of the event but weaned off a big win since 2014.

And then we also expect some of the best players in the world today to appear at a Grand Slam. Cameron SmithAnd Patrick CantlayAnd Victor Hovlandwhy not Sam Burnswhere Xander Schuyle, the best players who revolve around a first major. In a course with very American characteristics, the opportunity is great for these courses on the PGA Tour…

Because Schaeffler can write history

world number 1, Scotty Scheffler, is the logical favorite of the tournament. Still on an amazing streak of success. His victory in the Masters has stunned observers and players who see in his season something akin to the Great Tiger of the Age.

Its main competitors are called John Ram (who just won again on the PGA Tour) and Colin Morikawa (big titles at 25).

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