The PGA Championship, the fourth and final major of the year, is all set to tee-off from Aug 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This championship will be the tournament’s 99th edition and for the first time will be played at Quail Hollow Club. Quail Hollow is a regular stop on the PGA Tour, hosting the Wells Fargo Championship from 2003-2016, but this will be its first major.
The PGA Championship has seen many golfing greats over the years. Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are the top contenders for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Here are three of our favorites.
With the world’s top golfers participating in the 99th PGA Championship, the biggest storyline heading into the tournament is Jordan Spieth and his quest for history. Newly entitled British Open champion Jordan Spieth is favored at 7/1, and for Spieth, a PGA Championship win means the completion of the Career Grand Slam. Spieth played Quail Hollow in 2013 as a sponsor’s exemption when he was trying to get his PGA Tour card and finished tied for 32nd. At the age of 24 years, Spieth, with a win at Quail Hollow, would become the youngest golfer ever to complete the impressive feat.
Currently ranked No. 4 in the world, this will be Rory’s best chance for a major. McIlroy has finished in the top 10 in two of the first three majors this year, and he holds the course record (plus two wins) at Quail Hollow. Tied with Spieth at 7/1, McIlroy already has two PGA Championship in his kitty, one in 2012 and the other in 2014, and he’s also won twice at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy’s aggregate score of 21-under 267, which shattered the course record by five strokes, for the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship remains the best in tournament history. McIlroy is optimistic about his chances to win the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.
Behind Spieth and McIlroy is Dustin Johnson is at 9/1. Johnson recently shot an enormous 439-yard drive on the 16th hole during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It’s the longest measured drive on Tour since Phil Mickelson launched a 450-yard bomb at the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. In the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, Johnson held a one-shot lead entering the final hole. He appeared to have bogeyed the hole, which would have tied him for first and entered him into a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. However, he received a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, thereby dropping him to a tie for fifth place.