This weekend will see another golf major in the shape of the PGA
Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The Kiawah Island resort is home to five courses. For this week’s PGA
Championship the Ocean Course will be used. The event last year was won by American Collin Morikawa, with another American Brooks Koepka winning it twice in 2018 and 2019.
Only Koepka and Woods have ever retained the PGA Championship
Only Koepka and Tiger Woods have ever retained their title at the PGA Championship, would be a wonderful achievement if Morikawa would be able to do the same.
The tournament itself has in the past been dominated by American golfers and with a strong field entering this year, who is to say it won’t be an American lifting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday.
European challenge led by Rory
The European challenge will be led by Rory McIIroy who has had success in this event in 2012 and 2014. Despite his recent poor run of
form where he missed the cut on a regular basis, McIIroy was back to his best last weekend after winning at Wells Fargo.
Back in 2012 on the Ocean Course the Irishman completed a comprehensive eight stroke victory. More of that from McIIroy and the
others may all be left behind trailing in his wake.
Spaniard Jon Rahm has had good showings at the Masters, but has struggled in other majors. It can only be a matter of time before the
likeable Rahm picks up a major, but can he get over the line?
American challenge headed by Dechambeau
The big hitting American Bryson Dechambeau is certainly made for PGA Championships.
He claimed his maiden major title at Winged Foot back in September and will be looking to his powerful swing to gain many meters down the fairways.
The Californian has enjoyed a host of good results in the past few months and if he can improve his putting game, he could well be there or there abouts come Sunday.
One of the very best players in the world currently just has to be American Justin Thomas. The reigning Players Champion, won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow back in 2017.
Thomas has had some tough times both on and off the course in the last few months, but on his day he is a serious threat.
Dustin Johnson alias DJ, finished joint second in last year’s event, but is a doubt for the weekend. DJ had to pull out of the recent AT&T Byron Nelson with a knee injury which is looking likely to rule him out of the action. If he was to participate, on his day DJ can be a dangerous player and somebody who will produce excellent golf.
American Jordan Spieth needs the PGA Championship to complete his career grand slam. Looking in the last few weeks to be getting back to his best, Spieth is another who should figure in the shake up come Sunday.
Xander Schauffele is another golfer who isn’t far away from winning a major. Very consistent player on all courses and looks to have a great
chance this year.
One thing we will know is that come Sunday we should witness some outstanding golf from the worlds best players.