PGA Championship At a Glance:
LAST WEEK: World Golf Championships — Bridgestone Invitational (Justin Thomas); Barracuda (Andrew Putnam)
THIS WEEK: PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12
Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, (Par 72, 7,547 yards)
Purse: $10.5 million (Winner: $1.89 million)
Defending champion: Justin Thomas
Television: Thurs-Fri, 2-8 p.m. ET (TNT); Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (TNT), 2-7 p.m. (CBS)
Thomas is attempting to join Tiger Woods (2007) and Rory McIlroy (2014) as the only players to win the PGA Championship after winning the WGC-Bridgestone. He is also attempting to become the 20th player with multiple PGA Championship titles. He has only one other top-10 in a major (T9, 2017 U.S. Open). McIlroy, Thomas and Woods will be paired together for the first two rounds. … Patrick Reed (Masters), Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) and Francesco Molinari (The Open Championship) are in the traditional group featuring the winners of the year’s first three majors. … The event moves to May next year, between the Masters and the U.S. Open on the major schedule. … The last PGA Tour event held at Bellerive was the 2008 BMW Championship won by Camilo Villegas. … Woods will be playing in his first PGA Championship since missing the cut at Whistling Straits in 2015. He has played in 27 majors events since his last major title at the 2008 U.S. Open. … Jordan Spieth is attempting to become the sixth player to win the career grand slam. None of the previous five completed the feat at the PGA. … There are two Zach Johnsons in the field. One is the two-time major champion from Iowa City, Iowa, the other a club pro from Utah. … The top eight players in the team standings after this week will earn automatic spots on the United States Ryder Cup team. … Only two events remain before the start of the FedExCup playoffs, with the top 125 players in the standings qualifying. … All 50 of the top 50 players in the world golf rankings are in the field. … David Toms (15-under-par 265 in 2001) holds the tournament scoring record. … The 2019 PGA Championship will be held at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.
NEXT WEEK: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C.