PGA Championship preview and predictions
by: Jonathon Warriner Twitter: @Bracketologist3
Quail Hollow Golf Club
Par 71, 7600 yards
Quail Hollow might sound like a familiar name and that is for the fact it has hosted the Wells Fargo invitational since the early 2000s. After seeing many great events over the years the PGA of America decided to award the PGA Championship to the golf course. The course is known for its final three holes which are nicknamed “The Green Mile”. The first of that stretch features a tough 495 yard Par-4 with water to the left and reachable off the tee for some of the bombers. The 17th is a 223 yard Par-3 with Quail Hollow lake looming short and left ready to take any ball missed in that spot. The Final Hole features a right to left tee shot to a narrow fairway that is guarded by a creek, the second shot won’t be easy either especially if you are trying to take on the Sunday Pin location front left, which is guarded by water. Although the “Green Mile” stands out the key holes will be the three Par-5s and the two drivable Par-4s as that’s where a Player can make up some ground with birdies and sometimes eagles. One thing you may also notice is the changes in the course as holes 1-5 were changed to make the course tougher. While the new first five holes will be the most notable difference the thing no one is talking about is the change to Bermuda grass, which is known for making the course firm and fast.
Five to watch:
Rory McIlroy: Could we really not include the guy who’s won here twice and shot the course record 62 in 2010 only to beat it by shooting 61 in 2015?
Jordan Spieth: By far the hottest player in the game right now, won the British Open less than a month ago and now is trying to become the youngest golfer ever to complete the career Grand Slam.
Hideki Matsuyama: Although the last golfer to shoot 61 and win at Firestone the week before the PGA Championship didn’t play too well, Hideki at least doesn’t have a back issue like Tiger did in 2013.
Rickie Fowler: Flashback to 2012 when Rickie birdied the 18th hole in a Playoff to win his first PGA Tour event, maybe 5 years later he’ll do the same thing to win his first major.
Charley Hoffman: Arguably has played some of the best golf on the PGA Tour but hasn’t won anything in a while. Uttered the words “I’m tired of finishing second” as he went for a 667 yard Par-5 in two, maybe he proves what he said to be true this week.