If you’re a hardcore golf fan, it’s time to get ready to witness golf’s greatest players at the 2021 PGA Championship.
Collin Morikawa triumphed at last year’s PGA Championship. He thumped Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson at the end to make it big at yet another major event. While TPC Harding Park hosted the 2020 championship, the hosting rights have been given to South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Gold Resort.
The course last hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship as well. Looking back at these events at Kiawah Island, the upcoming competition is likely to put on a serious test with the wind constantly playing tricks off the open water.
A total of 156 golfers are prepared to take the field at the resort.
The difference is that this time Hideki Matsuyama will be the most probable candidate to win it. This is primarily because of the continuous good form that propelled him to a big win in April as well.
The Japanese star triumphed at the Masters tournament his year, hence, he is favourite to win the prestigious Wanamaker trophy too.
Northern Island star Rory McIlroy is another big name who will be in contention to lift the trophy. He excelled at the Wells Fargo Championship (10-1) which was held at the beginning of May.
The 32-year-old has already bagged the PGA Championship twice since he went pro. The Irishman’s stunning victory at Valhalla in 2014 is another major win under his belt.
The golf legend’s best finish is a T-8 in his six PGA starts since Louisville. He registered these figures at Bethpage in 2019.
Dustin Johnson, the current World No. 1 and South Carolina native is yet another strong contender who will make hay in his home resort. He will look to end his form slump in the upcoming tournament. Johnson’s best is yet to be seen since his 2020 Masters breakthrough. However, he finished runner-up at the last two PGA Championships.
When will PGA 2021 start?
The PGA tournament, which is this year’s second-biggest golf competition, will kick off at 12 pm (UK time) on Thursday, May 20, and conclude on Sunday, May 23.
How to watch PGA 2021?
Sky Sports Golf and Main Event will broadcast the star-studded tournament live for its audience in the United Kingdom.
Rangefinders at PGA
Rangefinders, a device that helps distance various ranges, will be used at the PGA Championship for the first time in the sport’s history.
This is expected to speed up the game as it’s a fast method to measure long distances with great precision and accuracy. It was confirmed in February that the devices will be put to use so that each play takes less time to conclude.
Bets odds for PGA Championship
Here are the latest odds as per TalkSport with round 1 and 2 groupings yet to be confirmed:
- Rory McIlroy 10/1
- Bryson Dechambeau 12/1
- Dustin Johnson 12/1
- Jon Rahm 12/1
- Justin Thomas 12/1
- Jordan Spieth 16/1
- Xander Schauffele 16/1
- Brooks Koepka 22/1
- Collin Morikawa 25/1
- Hideki Matsuyama 25/1
- Viktor Hovland 25/1