In its 104-year history, the PGA Championship has endured many changes. In 1958, the tournament switched from match play to stroke play following a loss in revenue and pressure from broadcasters and competitors. Fast forward 50 years and the event saw its second major change; the PGA of America moved what was for so long golf's final major of the year to May, in an attempt to avoid conflict between the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the beginning of the NFL season. Despite these changes and debates amongst golf fans around the tournament's lack of identity, it remains one of the four biggest golf tournaments in the world.
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It's our job to be ahead of the game, and even though it's too early to accurately predict who is going to win the Wannamaker Trophy this year, here are some early tips and trends.
Koepka will be looking to make it three in a row as he tees it up at TPC Harding Park on May 14th. As he's heavy favourite, the value won't be there, but I'm not sure there are many golf fans who would bet against Koepka mounting a serious challenge to make history in San Francisco.
An outright bet on Jordan Spieth to win any tournament may seem a stretch given his form in recent years. However, he's chasing the coveted grand slam and will want to do it before McIlroy and Koepka. We know what Spieth is capable of and his short game is getting sharp again – if he can get some rhythm off the tee, we think he could mark his comeback in style.
Tiger Woods will be in the running to win any major he's competing in. He was 14/1 to win at Augusta in 2019 and will be shorter for all four this year. One thing going for Woods this year is experience, he won the WGC American Express at this course in 2005 and picked up maximum points in the 2009 Presidents Cup. Sportsbooks will be paying between 5-10 places for the event and we expect Woods to be right up there come Sunday evening.
Surrying form into any major is important, but who knew it was so important for the PGA Championship. The week before the tournament used to be the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, but due to the schedule change, it's now the AT&T Bryson Nelson. Between 2010-2019, the average position of the USPGA champion at the previous tournament is 10th. 80% of those champions have finished in the top 15 and 60% in a tie for 5th or better. Be sure to take a look at the top 10 in this year's AT&T Bryson Nelson for your winner.
The PGA Championship has been played at more courses than any other major. This year it heads to TPC Harding Park for what is set to be one of the most exciting in recent times, with records set to be broken.
The public course has undergone severe adjustments in the past 12 months to transform an already difficult layout to a true major championship calibre test. Kerry Haigh, the Chief Championships Officer of the PGA of America, has worked with the management at TPC Harding Park to implement some noticeable changes.