PGA Championship 2019

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In his first appearance since winning the 2019 Masters for his 15th career major title, Tiger Woods is back on the course this week in New York at the 101st PGA Championship at historic Bethpage Black.

Woods has won the PGA Championship four times in 19 appearances, claiming victory in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.

Woods has fared well in his last three majors, tying for sixth at the 2018 Britsh Open, finishing runner-up at the 2018 PGA Championship and securing his fifth green jacket at the Masters last month.

As he takes another step towards Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships, we take a look at how Woods fared in his previous appearances.At Bellerive, Tiger made eight birdies in his 6-under 64 on Sunday, tying for the day’s low round. He climbed the leaderboard to finish solo second at 14-under 266, two shots behind champion Brooks Koepka. The runner-up was Woods’ seventh in a major and the third time he’s come in second at the PGA Championship.

2015
Limited due to injuries in the 2015 season, Woods missed the cut (75-73) at Whistling Straits. Jason Day became the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship after a final-round 68. He’s the first to finish a major 20-under par.

2014
After undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on his back in March, Woods struggled in his seven starts during the 2014 season. In his final start that season, he missed the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Rory McIlroy won his second consecutive major championship, beating Phil Mickelson by one when Mickelson’s chip for eagle just missed on the 18th.

2013
Jason Dufner shot a 63 on Friday to take the 36-hole lead and then held off Jim Furyk to win by two at Oak Hill. Woods was 10 shots back heading into the weekend and wasn’t really a factor on the leaderboard, finishing T40.

2012
At Kiawah, Tiger held a share of the second-round lead after opening with 69-71. But over the weekend he fell back to T11 after rounds of 74-72. At all four majors that season, Woods failed to break par during his weekend rounds. McIlroy went bogey-free during his final 23 holes to blow away the field in an eight-shot victory.
For the first time in 11 years, Tiger Woods has the opportunity to win back-to-back major titles.

The Masters champion begins his quest for the 2019 PGA Championship Thursday morning alongside Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari.

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele are some of the other marquee names set to tee off during Thursday’s morning session at Bethpage Black.

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day are in one of the two must-see groups in the afternoon set of tee times. Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are included in the other.

All of the sport’s top golfers will be looking to get out to a fast start, similar to what Woods did at Bethpage Black on his way to winning the 2002 U.S. Open.

Thursday PGA Championship Tee Times

The full list of tee times can be found here on PGA.com.

Notable Tee Times

7:40 a.m. ET*: Sergio Garcia, Kelly Kraft, Adam Scott

7:51 a.m. ET*: Charley Hoffman, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. ET*: Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose

8:13 a.m. ET*: Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Alex Noren

8:24 a.m. ET*: Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

12:43 p.m. ET: Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter

1:16 p.m. ET: Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

1:38 p.m. ET: Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day

* – will start at the 10th hole.

2019 PGA Championship predictions, picks, odds: One of these nine will win at Bethpage Black

As the final hours of preparation for the second major of 2019 wind down, it’s time to take a closer look at the field of 156 gearing up for the 101st PGA Championship. As Brooks Koepka pointed out on Tuesday, not everyone has a real chance at winning this golf tournament and taking home the Wanamaker Trophy.

“One-hundred and fifty-six [players] in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I’m just going to beat,” said Koepka. “From there, the other — you figure about half of them won’t play well from there, so you’re down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just — pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you’ve just got to beat those guys.”

A few more. I’ve got it down to nine. Let’s take a look at who can actually win after four days of grueling action at Bethpage Black in New York. 1. Brooks Koepka: Oh what do you know, the man himself. Koepka has won three of the last seven major championships he’s played in, and this place seems built for him. Even if he’s not accurate, he’s going to be long enough that he’ll have short irons or wedges out of the rough to a lot of these greens. There’s a big difference between hitting 9-iron and hitting 6-iron out of the thick stuff here,

2. Rory McIlroy: It seems odd (and sounds odder), but I think the best player in the world in 2019 and somebody who has two PGAs in his career is flying under the radar this week. That won’t be the case after he shoots 66 on Thursday afterno.
4. Francesco Molinari: Why are we not talking about this guy? Three straight top 10s at majors and four in his last six. If you’re playing well at Carnoustie, Bellerive and Augusta National, you can get it done anywhere. Much of the talk this week has been about the importance of driving accuracy. That’s good news for The Metronome.

5. Jon Rahm: Another guy I think we should be talking more about. He finished T4 at last year’s PGA Championship and has been the second best golfer on the PGA Tour off the tee so far this season. He’s also won all over the planet — Louisiana, Ireland and Dubai — and it’s not difficult to envision him closing out another big star (or stars) late on Sunday.

6. Jason Day: Only two golfers have finished in the top 10 at both the Players and Masters so far this year, and Day is one of them. I’ll let another major winner explain the best case for Day this week. “The greens are not extremely diabolical, either,” said Jordan Spieth. “There’s a couple that are tricky, but for the most part they’re just gentle slopes. They’re so pure that somebody can really get … hot with a putter this week.” Nobody gets hotter with the putter than Day. When you combine that with a length he can dial up and a nice history at this course, it becomes clear that he can take home his second PGA Championship.

7. Tony Finau: A monster off the tee, and he’s got fuel to burn. He’s one of the handful who can be so long this week that it won’t matter as much if he’s in the fairway or the rough. No missed cuts and four top 10s in his last seven major championships.