Golf’s second major tournament of the year arrives this week as the game’s best prepare for the 2022 PGA Championship.
Scottie Scheffler claimed Masters glory in April and now the Southern Hills Country Club is ready to host the next showpiece tournament.
Phil Mickelson picked up a brilliant win at Kiawah Island to claim his sixth major PGA Championship victory last year, but will NOT defend his title this week amid his recent off-course controversies.
Another intriguing story has been whether Tiger Woods will play.
The 15-time Major winner shocked the sport of the world by playing at the Masters and the legendary player won his fourth PGA Championship title at Southern Hills in 2007. He is also expected to play in Tulsa.
The likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka will also be in action as they seek to win the famous Wanamaker Trophy.
And another player aiming for victory will be Jordan Speith who needs the PGA Championship title to become the sixth player in history to complete the Grand Slam of golf.
The Major’s first tee shot is days away and here’s everything you need to know…
2022 PGA Championship: Start date and time
The 104th edition of the PGA Championship will be held from Thursday May 19 for Sunday May 22.
It takes place at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Play will start at 2:00 p.m. UK time (8:00 a.m. US) on both opening days and will start at 3:00 p.m. UK time on weekends.
PGA Championship 2022: TV Channel and Live Stream
Sky Sports Golf will show the action in the UK.
Their coverage will begin at 1 p.m. on both opening days and at 2 p.m. on weekends.
talkSPORT will also have the best of Oklahoma action throughout the week.
2022 PGA Championship: The Course
Designed by Perry Maxwell in the 1930s, Southern Hills will play at a par 71 and be 7,481 yards in length.
It was restored by Gil Hanse in 2019 to its current condition and now reflects Maxwell’s original vision.
The 1st and 18th are brilliant holes but it’s the short par-4 17th that can decide the tournament.
The 7th is one of the most difficult holes on the course while the 12th is considered one of the best par 4s in golf.
The 2007 PGA Championship was held at Southern Hills and played shorter than this year at 7,131 yards.
Woods won it with a score of -8 ahead of Woody Austin while only five players finished under par.
2022 PGA Championship: Tee Times
Confirmed tee times for the tournament will be announced on the Wednesday prior to opening day.
This year, 156 players will make up the field before Friday night’s cut.
2022 PGA Championship: Standings
The ranking will follow after the first day of play.
Here’s what the final 2021 PGA Championship standings looked like as Mickleson claimed glory at Kiawah Island.
- 1. Phil Mickelson (70-69-70-73=282) -6
- T2. Brooks Koepka (69-71-70-74=284) -4
- T2. Louis Oosthuizen (71-68-72-73=284) -4
- T4. Paul Casey (71-71-73-71=286) -2
- T4. Padraig Harrington (71-73-73-69=286) -2
- T4. Harry Higgs (72-71-73-70=286) -2
- T4. Shane Lowry (73-71-73-69=286) – 2
PGA Championship 2022: What was said?
McIlroy hopes a relaxed approach and some online homework will pay off as he seeks a third PGA Championship title in Tulsa.
“Yesterday [Monday] It was the first time I saw the golf course. I really liked it,” McIlroy said.
“I didn’t know what this place was like until Gil got my hands on it, but I think he’s done an amazing job with it. I love the green resorts. I like that he gives you options on the tee.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of different strategies this week, guys hitting drivers where maybe other guys aren’t and vice versa. It’s a really good track. I really liked it play it and I think it’s going to be a wonderful test this week.
“The fried egg [twitter account] I did a little video with Gil that they sent over there, so I watched that. Then I think Golf Digest did some flybys of the golf course and I tried to dig up some footage from last year’s Senior PGA Championship, but that was pretty limited.
“I won a few major championships where I played nine holes on Tuesday, nine holes on Wednesday and I kind of managed to play and I played very well. Sometimes not knowing what the problem is, the ignorance is bliss in some ways.
“For me, I will prioritize the execution rather than the preparation every day. If you execute the shots and hit the ball well and the ball goes where you look, that’s more than half the battle.
PGA Championship 2022: Will Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson play?
Woods looks almost certain to play in the PGA Championship and says “everything is better” when it comes to his fitness.
Although Woods impressed at the Masters, he was clearly feeling the strain from his injuries and was unsure if he would be able to compete.
But he said earlier this week: “I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters.
“We returned to work on Tuesday [after the Masters]. Monday was horrible, I did nothing and Tuesday was leg day. So we came back right after. Everything is going better.
His caddie Joe LaCava added: “I think the stamina is there now. I don’t think he tires that quickly.
“Besides the fact that he won here 15 years ago, I think it’s the stamina and the stamina that excites him the most.”
However, Woods’ longtime rival Mickelson will not be defending his PGA Championship title, tournament organizers have announced.
Mickelson has taken a break from golf since the fallout from his explosive comments on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed breakaway led by Greg Norman.
The six-time major winner has officially registered for the US PGA and next month’s US Open on April 25 and has also requested a release from the PGA Tour to play the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event from June 9-11. , a request that was denied earlier. this week.
His agent said at the time that Mickelson was simply keeping his options open and had no “concrete plans” regarding his return to action.
In a Twitter post on Friday evening, the PGA of America wrote: “We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has retired from the PGA Championship.
“Phil is the reigning champion and currently eligible for PGA Life Membership and we would have welcomed him to participate. We wish Phil and Amy (his wife) the best and look forward to his return to golf.
Meanwhile, Paul Casey withdrew from the Championship due to a lingering back injury.
The 44-year-old has not competed since injury forced him out of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March after completing just two holes of his opening match.
Casey finished second behind Collin Morikawa at the 2020 PGA of America at Harding Park and also finished fourth behind Phil Mickelson at Kiawah Island last year.
His place on the pitch at Southern Hills will be taken by Scotsman Russell Knox. The second major championship of the year begins Thursday in Tulsa.
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