Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

PGA Championship week opens in soggy conditions

PGA Championship week opens in soggy conditions

Koepka is the defending PGA Championship victor.

Now, there is one big event per month from March through August, if you include the season-ending Tour Championship. Let me just take a moment to thank the Tour for the changes to the schedule!

"But we've gone five weeks between the two majors and he hasn't played competitive golf since Augusta". I could not be happier!

Bethpage Black has been afforded the flawless storm: Woods, in his first start since winning in such epic scenes at Augusta National, will chase his fifth US PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy, and his first since 2007, from Thursday.

With a game that matches up well with the course and a consistent record of producing at the majors, the stage is perfectly set for Koepka to outshine Woods and retain the title. He had won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000.

Well into their 30s, and in some notable cases their 40s, players can enjoy starring roles at major championships.

Now for the fun part! All of my picks below will have the player's current odds to win listed on Oddsshark.com.

There definitely will be some frowning golfers at the end of the week at Bethpage Black, but for the PGA Championship, it's all smiles. DJ has one major to his credit, the 2016 U.S. Open.

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Woods' win at Augusta last month was his fifth Masters title and ended an 11-year wait to claim his 15th major. That will be monumental so he doesn't have to find too many greens in regulation from Bethpage's burly rough and native grass.

"Obviously, Tiger has impact - sort of the moon landing", Waugh said at the PGA's media day. Tiger Woods built a big lead in the second round under wet, miserable conditions that worsened in the afternoon, prompting a 22-year-old Sergio Garcia to say, "If Tiger Woods had been out there, it would have been called".

Rahm, coming off victory in the two-man teams event at the Zurich Classic, is tipped to win a major sooner or later.

Kerry Haigh, the master course setter-upper for the PGA of America, is likely to lay out a course that is more conducive to scoring.

"Now that I've had another extension to my career, one I didn't think I had a couple years ago, if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, it's a possibility".

Bethpage Black is still tough. Under the guidance of the USGA for US Opens, an already testing property - even by professional standards - has at times lurched towards brutality.

Bubba has performed well in 2019. "The PGA Championship hit the lottery with the move in 2019". "I promise you it's not going to look like it did in those two Opens".

"We always felt there was this excitement that happened in April, and then a bit of a letdown from the golf calendar", Waugh said. Having stated that, it should come as no suprise that Moore has performed well at Bethpage Black in the past. He's also driving it accurately (for him) and is 70th in driving accuracy compared to 127th last season. In my opinion, Ryan Moore is not the type of player that will have a run of 10 to 15 straight cuts, so I am not concerned.

Adducci, a 39-year-old from Wisconsin, is getting 100-to-1 odds on Woods winning the Grand Slam, which would pay out $10 million.

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