Complete Guide To The PGA Championship

Guide To The 2019 PGA Championship

The 2019 PGA Championship tees off on May 16th for what promises to be a memorable four days play at the Black Course in Bethpage State Park, New York. This is the first time that one of the world’s finest public golf courses has hosted the PGA Championship.

The Black Course is renowned for the challenge it poses and the PGA perhaps boasts the strongest and most diverse field of golfers among the four annual Majors. The 101st edition of one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments makes the switch from late summer to springtime and so becomes the second Major of the season.

All eyes will be on Tiger Woods after his stunning triumph at the Masters in April. Can the Tiger tame the Black Course once more and claim his fifth PGA Championship? Woods has previously enjoyed success on this lengthy, energy-sapping course. He won the US Open here in 2002. For the latest golf betting odds for the PGA Championship, head over to Bet UK’s online betting. Also, make sure to check out Robert Cobley's PGA Championship betting tips ahead of this week's event.

PGA Championship Format

The PGA Championship began life in 1916 as a match play event and remained so until the 1950s. Since then, the PGA has been a stroke play tournament played over four days with the winner to be awarded the Wanamaker Trophy - named in honour of the PGA’s founder - on Sunday May 19th.

The 156-strong field for the championship is made up of recent Major winners, 2018 Ryder Cup team members and those with the most points in the Official World Golf Rankings. The field is cut to 70 after the first two rounds and should there be a tie after 72 holes, the PGA Championship features a three-hole play-off with sudden death to follow should there still be no clear winner.

Introducing The Venue

There are five golf courses in the Bethpage State Park. Located on Long Island, New York, the park lies some 39 miles west of downtown Manhattan. Visitors flock to Bethpage all year-round to take in a round of golf or enjoy the scenic picnic areas, and hiking and biking trails which crisscross the area.

The Black Course is the most challenging and storied of the colour-coded courses which occupy much of the 1,477-acre park. All of the golf courses begin from the Bethpage clubhouse area. The Colonial-style clubhouse was built in 1935 and according to park authorities, more than 300,000 rounds of golf tee every off from here every year.

Bethpage Black was the venue for the US Open in 2002 and 2009 and will host the Ryder Cup in 2024. The course will also welcome golf fans for the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2021 and 2027, just as it did in 2012 and 2016.

Players To Watch

No doubt all eyes will be on Tiger Woods as the build up to the PGA Championships hots up. His stunning victory at the Masters in April has already been hailed as one of the great sporting stories. Woods has won the PGA on five occasions, with his most recent coming in 2007.

There’s certainly a compelling case to back Woods to add a 16th Major title to his career record at Bethpage. Woods won the 2002 US Open on this course and tied for sixth when the Open returned to the Black Course in 2009. Tiger's scoring average from all rounds he's played on the Black Course hovers a little over 70 strokes and he was the only player from the 156-strong field to break par in 2002.

Two-time winner Rory McIlroy will also be among many people’s picks for this year’s title, but the PGA Championship has gained something of a reputation for returning random winners and for players who have won a solitary Major title adding a second to their career record at the PGA.

That means scouring the field for value is well worth it at the PGA and the likes of 2016 US Open champion Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, who was US Open winner in 2013, are well worth keeping an eye on. Both will be well backed to be among those at the top of the leaderboard having enjoyed strong showings on the Tour so far in 2019.

And let’s not forget last year’s PGA champion Brooks Koepka. The 28-year-old has a fantastic recent record at the Majors with back-to-back US Open titles and a second-place finish at the Masters this year.

How to watch the PGA Championship

Sky Sports will beam the 2019 PGA Championship live with coverage beginning on the 16th May. UK time is five hours ahead of that in Long Island.

The early rounds tend to tee off at 6.50am local time with the third and fourth rounds getting underway a little later, depending on how many players have made the cut.

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