PGA Championship generally takes place in the month of August, the last time that the PGA Championship was contested outside the month of August was in 1971 when it was held in late February. The shift was due to the oppresive conditions, but there is no escaping summer even in Springfield, New Jersey, site of this week’s final major of 2016. Baltusrol Golf Club is hosting PGA Championship at its lower course for the second time, when the last time in 2005 Championship took place here the hot and humid weather added challange to the event.
Phil Mickelson came out on top in the 2005 PGA Championship at just 4-under 276. Baltusrol received the title of National Historical Landmark in the year 2014, It joined Oakmont, Merion and Pinehurst as the only golf courses with this distinction. The venue has also hosted US Open seven times in the past.
Sky Sports will be the official broadcaster for the event and will telecast nearly 30 hours of golf over the four days (July 28-31). Telecast will also be available thorugh desktop or laptop online via Sky Go. Sky Sport will also telecast 2 hour of highlights to make sure you don’t miss any crucial putt.
Top Ranked players are taking part in this tournament along with the winner of last year PGA Champion. But all eyes are on Dustin Johnson, who after securing his first major title at the US Open this year is currently listed as the 8-1 favorite to add a second. The US PGA is famous for being an event won by the top ranked player of the world so other contenders to be the winner will no doubt include ranked one, trhee and four Jason Day (10-1), Jordan Spieth (16-1) and Rory Mcllroy (9-1) and the world fifth ranked as well as the Open Champion Henrik Stenson (16-1).
This edition of US PGA was moved up two weeks from its early August spot to accomodate Olympic Tournament in Brazil. “Anyone who pitches up with their ‘A’ game has a good chance of winning,” said Englishman Willett.