PGA Tour Brunch @ PGA Championship
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THIS WEEK on the PGA TOUR: PGA Championship
COURSE: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (South Carolina)
ARCHITECT: Pete and Alice Dye
YARDS/PAR: 7,876 yards/Par 72
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: TBD (Previously $11,000,000/$1,980,000 in 2020)
DEFENDING Champion (August 2020) - Collin Morikawa - (2020 Leaderboard)
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points to Winner: 600
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedExCup @PGAChampionship
TV COVERAGE: Today and Friday, May 20 and 21: 1:00pm to 7:00pm (EDT) on ESPN. On Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 - ESPN’s coverage runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm (EDT), then CBS takes over from 1:00pm to 7:00pm (EDT).
STREAMING: ESPN will streamcoverage online and ESPN+ ($) will provide Featured Groups and Featured Holes. See: (link)
ONLINE and RADIO COVERAGE: Beginning at 1pm (EDT) today and continuing through the completion of each day’s play, hear live hole-by-hole coverage co-produced by SiriusXM and Westwood One. PGA Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com. For additional information, see: Sirius XM Blog
How to Watch: (PGATourCom)
PGA Tour Brunch - Opening Round of PGA Championship
It’s Opening Round for the 2021 PGA Championship and the PGA of America has set-up a LONG golf course. At 7,876 yards, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort will be the longest course on record in major championship history. The previous mark of 7,741 yards was held by the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
World No. 1 and reigning FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson has finished as runner-up at the PGA Championship in each of the last two years, becoming the first player to do so since Jack Nicklaus (1964, 1965). Johnson withdrew before the start of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson due to a knee injury.
Three of the four events this season awarding 600 FedEx points to the winner have been won by players entering the week in the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Bryson DeChambeau, 2020 U.S. Open (9); Dustin Johnson, 2020 Masters (1); Justin Thomas, The PLAYERS (3).
There have been just five first-time PGA Tour winners this season: Carlos Ortiz, Vivint Houston Open; Jason Kokrak, The CJ CUP @ Shadow Creek; Joel Dahmen, Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship; Sam Burns, Valspar Championship; K.H. Lee, AT&T Byron Nelson.
Nine of the top 10 players in the FedExCup standings are in their 20s, led by No. 1 Bryson DeChambeau. The only player 30 or older in the top 10 is Stewart Cink (7).
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PGA Championship Tee Times begin today at 7:00am (EDT) through 2:42pm (EDT).
Weather: Today’s forecast is for sunny skies and 53-degrees but winds will blow 26 mph/NW with gusts even higher. No chance of rain.
PGATourBrunch will be posting at 7:00am (EDT) on Friday.
Next Week: Charles Schwab Challenge (Colonial, Fort Worth, Texas)
Vijay Singh (WD) / Wyndham Clark (in)
The Field - (link)
What They’re Saying:
This PGA Championship About Mental Fortitude (PGA of America)
PGA Tour will relax Rules for Vaccinated Players (ESPN)
This Golf Course is “a beast” - (PGATourCom)
Who Has “No Chance” at PGA/Kiawah Island (ESPN)
Collin “DC” Morikawa’s PGA Champions Dinner (Golf Week/USA Today)
Sports Gambling and Golf Industry News
Expert Picks - (PGATourCom)
Sleeper Picks - (PGATourCom)
Be Careful What You Wish For (Fox Sports)
On This Day in Golf History:
May 20, 2001 - Sergio Garcia, then 21, won his first title on the PGA Tour, shooting a seven-under par (63) to win the Colonial National Invitational at Fort Worth. Garcia finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Brian Gay and defending champion Phil Mickelson. Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE