The slogan the PGA of The usa coined a number of several years back to commemorate and market its PGA Championship as the very last of the four significant championships in the calendar calendar year was: “Glory’s past shot.’’
This week’s PGA Championship, to be performed at Harding Park in San Francisco, represents “Glory’s 1st shot.’’ It not only will be the 1st major championship of 2020, but the initially carried out since the British Open up was performed in July 2019 at Royal Portrush in Northern Eire.
With the COVID-19 pandemic obtaining pushed the PGA from May well to August, canceled the British Open up and postponed the U.S. Open and Masters to September and November, respectively, the PGA Championship is batting leadoff to the truncated big championship season.
It does so with the PGA Tour getting executed 8 weeks of situations in its restart. And it will come with a list of a season’s truly worth of large storylines.
Wherever to begin?
- With Brooks Koepka is attempting to achieve anything no a single has performed in 93 a long time: a threepeat? This regardless of Koepka acquiring slumped for the far better part of the previous yr with a knee harm and erratic play.
- With Jon Rahm and his freshly minted No. 1 rating, attained two weeks ago with his victory at the Memorial Event, attempting to win his to start with profession big championship after not having really contended to win one in his 1st 13 attempts as a professional?
- With Tiger Woods, who’s performed just 4 tournament rounds considering that February and just a few tournaments in 2020, seeking to gain his 16th big championship?
- With Rory McIlroy, the perceived prime player in the planet, making an attempt to regain the No. 1 ranking Rahm wrested from him two weeks back?
- With Bryson DeChambeau and his 30-a little something lbs . of included muscle mass and new-identified duration off the tee supposedly poised to modify the activity?
- With Dustin Johnson, who gained the Tourists Championship and followed that with a pair of 80s en route to a skipped slash at the Memorial then an opening-round 78 and a withdrawal from the 3M Championship a week ago?
- How about with Jordan Spieth, who’s been slumping so badly the past a few a long time that no just one even remembers he’s a PGA Championship victory away from completing the rare career Grand Slam?
- Or the new fleet of 20-somethings promptly mounting up the rankings — led by Colin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland?
- Or Phil Mickelson, who nonetheless thinks he has a significant championship victory or two in him at age 50 and flashes that pretty capacity to do so from time to time?
We can go on, due to the fact there are extra storylines. But you get the picture. This 7 days in San Francisco has prospective to be unforgettable.
“There are so quite a few good storylines, a little something good’s going to come about … we just never know which a single it is,’’ Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, instructed The Post this past 7 days. “We’ve got 97 of the top 100 in environment rankings coming. We’re fortunate to have the strongest discipline on paper in golf for the past 10 or 15 decades. All people wants to engage in, and we’re thrilled about that.
“We’re happy to be that very first major. Now that we’re last but not least again into the key time, it’s heading to be a good operate of golfing. We’ll have us and then [FedExCup] playoffs start off and then U.S. Open and the Masters. It is going to be a sprint, and a excellent one and we’re quite very pleased to kick that off.’’
Waugh explained the week, which will consist of no spectators on internet site as the PGA Tour has been executing for the previous two months due to the fact it’s restart, “will sense unique than the past 8 months, simply because it is a main and that tension is there.”
“I consider it’ll be different and improved than the final 8 weeks, because a big normally is,’’ he reported. “We’re thrilled to be the very first ones out, for absolutely sure. Hopefully, we’ll have a close match and a great deal of drama to the end.’’