Golf enthusiasts do not have to wait too long now before they get to see the second major of the year take place on the PGA Tour.
Of course, we have already had The Masters last month, which saw Scottie Scheffler be able to win a famous Green Jacket, whilst one of the biggest stories of that major was the fact that Tiger Woods was able to make the cut and play all four days in an extraordinary feat following the devastating car crash he was involved in February 2021 that had seen him suffer horrendous leg injuries.
Nonetheless, all attention will now be on the 104th PGA Championship, as this iconic competition is set to place imminently. The event will start on May 19 and conclude on May 22, when one player will be able to lift the Wanamaker Trophy and join an exceptional list of golfers to have previously won this famous trophy.
Let’s provide you with all of the information that you require ahead of this tournament and get you prepared, so you know what to expect when the world’s best players tee off.
Where is the PGA Championship being held in 2022?
The PGA Championship is a major that is played at a different course each year, and the 104th edition is the turn of the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 86-year-old golf course is no stranger to the event, though, as it has held previous editions in the past.
The last time the PGA Championship was played here was back in 2007 when Tiger Woods managed to win the event by two shots to claim his 13th major at the time. Indeed, the course has proven to be rather hard, with that particular event only having a handful of players being under par following four rounds of golf.
Indeed, the course is rather lengthy this year, too. It will measure a total distance of 7,556 yards and will have a par score of 70. Additionally, there will only be two par 5s, with each of these measuring of a distance that is greater than 630 yards, thus meaning golfers may find that they will have to work hard for their birdies around the course.
Which players are competing?
It has been announced that there is a field of 156 players who are registered to take to the Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma.
Indeed, those who are interested in sports betting on the event will be interested to know that the likes of Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler are both set to take part and are considered favorites to win, whilst individuals like Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas are also thought to be in the running.
Nonetheless, there are a host of stars all set to head to Tulsa, including a potential return for two of the sports’ biggest names.
Could Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both appear?
Indeed, the 104th edition of the PGA Championship could see two of the modern era’s biggest golfers descend on the course next week, with both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson registered to participate.
Woods, as we know, is still continuing to return from injury but he fuelled speculation after being seen at the course on a scouting mission, thus making it seem likely that he would be competing.
Mickelson has been embroiled in controversy recently and took a leave of absence from the game, but with last year’s PGA Championship winner likely to want to defend his Wanamaker Trophy, it would not be a surprise to see “Lefty” take to the course.
How much is the purse worth?
Being the major that it is and one of the premier events on the entire golf calendar, it should not come as a surprise to learn that the purse is worth a cool $12 million!
Could the weather be a factor?
The conditions in Oklahoma could play a huge factor in how the PGA Championship plays out over the course of the four days, as it will be in the state’s summer. The 2007 tournament saw temperatures rise to over 100 degrees across all four days, thus making it a rather grueling 72 holes for each golfer.
If we have more of the same this year, it will be interesting to see which individuals are able to handle themselves and manage the heat when trying to go for glory.
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