Rory McIlroy will play with fellow former champions Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas within the first two rounds of the 103rd US PGA Championship, which will get underneath manner right this moment at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
McIlroy, who has gained this title twice, together with at this course in 2012, begins on the tenth tee on Thursday at 1.33pm (UK time).
Defending champion Collin Morikawa is out with Hideki Matsuyama, who gained the Masters in April, and final 12 months’s US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau at 1.44pm. Open champion Shane Lowry tees off on the primary with world primary Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia at 7.09pm, within the group after Jordan Spieth, who’s trying to turn out to be the sixth participant full the profession Grand Slam of profitable all 4 majors.
If performed to its most size of seven,876 yards, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will regain its title because the longest in main championship historical past. It performed 7,676 yards when McIlroy gained in 2012, with US Open venues Chambers Bay (7,695 in 2015) and Erin Hills (7,741 in 2017) overtaking it. Ahead tees are possible for use at many holes, particularly if the wind will get up, however the course will undoubtedly favour these which are longer off the tee.
9 years in the past, with gusts of wind round 30mph, the scoring common within the second spherical was 78.09, the best for any spherical in PGA Championship historical past, whereas 14 of the 18 holes performed over par for the week.
Bryson DeChambeau, the longest hitter on tour, has described the Ocean course as ‘a beast’ after ending his last apply spherical, with the 27-year-old American saying that gamers is not going to solely need to hit it lengthy, but in addition very straight, if they’re to have any likelihood of scoring nicely.
“This golf course is a beast,” stated the US Open champion. “Hopefully I can unleash the beast, however you by no means know. I could hit it proper or left, I don’t know. However I’d say for essentially the most half you need to hit it fairly straight out right here, though I’m hitting it fairly far. I’m positive the tee containers might be moved up in sure areas, however for many gamers on the market, when you don’t hit it lengthy, it’s going to be a tricky week, particularly hitting a hybrid or four-iron into a few of these greens. My size is a bonus, but when I can hit it straight this week on this wind and management the golf ball and management the flight of it, that’ll be my greatest benefit.”
The massive sandy areas across the course is not going to be handled as bunkers, which means gamers will have the ability to floor golf equipment and take apply swings, whereas distance-measuring units within the type of laser rangefinders are additionally being permitted for the primary time at a Main championship. Most gamers questioned have stated that they may use one, however that they don’t anticipate it to hurry up rounds, as understanding the gap to the flag is simply one of many elements within the decision-making processes concerned in shot choice and execution.
For the total listing of tee occasions for the primary two rounds of the 2021 PGA Championship, and dwell leaderboard updates, go to www.pgachampionship.com