LAST TOURNAMENT: AT&T Byron Nelson (Sung Kang)
THIS WEEK: 101st PGA Championship, May 16-19
Bethpage State Park, Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y. (Par 70, 7,459 yards)
Purse: $11 million (Winner: $1.98 million)
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. ET (TNT); Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (TNT), 2-7 p.m. (CBS).
NOTES: The Black Course plays host to the PGA Championship for the first time after serving as the venue for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens. It will also be the host site for the 2024 Ryder Cup. … The Championship was moved to May for the first time since 1949 as part of the PGA Tour’s schedule overhaul this season. … Tiger Woods is seeking his 16th career major title and to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of five PGA Championships. He needs three major titles to tie Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18. … Woods is one of five players who can finish the week ranked No. 1 in the world, along with current No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Justin Rose, No. 3 Koepka and No. 4 Rory McIlroy. No. 5 Justin Thomas withdrew with a wrist injury. … Koepka leads the field with nine consecutive rounds under par in majors, followed by Jon Rahm (eight) and Woods (seven). He beat Woods by two shots last year in setting the PGA Championship record with a score of 264. … Jordan Spieth is attempting to become only the sixth player to complete the career grand slam. None of the previous five completed it at the PGA Championship. … The 156-player field includes 20 club professionals.
BEST BETS: Rory McIlroy (11/1 by Bovada) — The Black Course is only a Par 70 but plays extremely difficult at close to 7,500 yards and with many greens requiring uphill approach shots. McIlroy is second on the PGA Tour in driving distance this season, although he is 153rd in accuracy off the tee. Most important? He has top 10 finishes in all but one of his nine starts this year. … Koepka (11/1) is a combined 47-under par in his past five appearances in the event. He lives for the major stage, has more than enough firepower and is coming off a solid solo fourth at the AT&T Byron Nelson. … Woods (11/1) can’t be counted out, but also hasn’t played a competitive round since winning the Masters last month. … Tommy Fleetwood (28/1) is going to earn his major breakthrough sooner than later. One of the world’s elite ball-strikers, the Englishman hasn’t cracked the top 35 in his past two majors but did finish second at last year’s U.S. Open. He also earned a T5 at this year’s Players Championship and is coming off a T8 at the British Masters. … Darkhorse? Lucas Glover if the putter is working.
NEXT WEEK: Charles Schwab Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas.