PGA Championship 2020 Live Reddit: The opening round of the PGA Championship gets underway today from TPC Harding Park. All of the stars are in the field, including Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. Here’s everything you need to know to follow the action.
HOW TO FOLLOW (All times ET)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN+), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (ESPN). Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ESPN+), 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ESPN+), 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m.-9 p.m. (CBS)
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Radio: Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Brooks Koepka will be chasing history at the PGA Championship on Friday (AEST) as the two-time defending champion attempts a rare major championship three-peat in San Francisco. The 30-year-old American is seeking to join Walter Hagen as just the second player to win the major for a third consecutive year. After winning the 2018 PGA Championship, Koepka successfully defended his title last year at Bethpage Black and is now aiming to become the first to win three straight since Hagen captured four in a row, beginning in 1924.
Lately, when it comes to majors, the smart money has been on Koepka. But there is plenty of star power in San Francisco this week, including last week’s Memphis tournament winner and new world number one Justin Thomas.
Thomas will tee off in a group with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Woods and McIlroy have already hoisted trophies at Harding Park. Woods won the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship here, while McIlroy claimed the 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Thomas is playing here for the first time.
Four-time PGA Tour winner Woods is shooting for a record-setting 83rd PGA Tour victory. He can also become the first player in history to win majors in four different decades.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy is one of several players who have held the world number one ranking at some point this season.
He has already won two PGA Championships, but his last one in 2014 also accounts for his last major title.
Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia make up another marquee opening round grouping.
Rahm is coming off a recent victory at the Memorial Tournament and is trying to deliver on the big stage by claiming his first major championship.
HOW IT WILL WORK
Golf’s first major championship of 2020 will be contested without spectators after the season was placed on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to its postponement on March 17, the PGA Championship was originally scheduled for play May 14-17. This week was also the time set aside for the men’s Summer Olympic golf tournament in Japan.
The US PGA Tour has been back, minus spectators, since early June but will really kick into high gear over the next couple of weeks. More than a half dozen players and several caddies have tested positive in the eight weeks since the PGA Tour resumed.
Players, caddies and officials are tested for the coronavirus before entering the grounds. Players also undergo daily temperature screenings and their clubhouse has been redesigned to allow for three metres (10 feet) of space between lockers.
The PGA Championship launches the busiest phase of the disrupted season. Following the PGA Championship are three weeks of FedEx Cup playoff events with the US Open on September 17-20 at Winged Foot near New York.
The first major of 2020 finally has arrived as the world’s best golfers descend on TPC Harding Park in San Francisco for the 102nd PGA Championship. The quest for the Wanamaker Trophy was initially scheduled for May, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed PGA Championship back three months.
Brooks Koepka enters as the two-time defending champion, looking to make history as the first player to win three consecutive PGA Championships since Walter Hagen won four in a row from 1924-27. Koepka will tee off at 8: 11 a.m. PT alongside Shane Lowry and Gary Woodland.