A season of storylines will come to a head at the 2015 PGA Championship this week. Jordan Spieth looks to cap a breakout year with his third major title, Tiger Woods tries to end his drought after some encouraging recent signs and Rory McIlroy returns from injury to add more star power to the field.
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McIlroy has won two of the past three PGA Championships, including last year"s event when he edged Phil Mickelson by one stroke. How much rust he"s been able to shake off during the practice rounds after overcoming his ankle ailment will determine whether he can get into contention to repeat.
Let"s check out all of the important information for the season"s fourth major tournament. That"s followed by a preview of the action at Whistling Straits.
Where: Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin
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Dates: August 13-16
Thursday: 2-8 p.m. (TNT)
Friday: 2-8 p.m. (TNT)
Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (TNT); 2-7 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (TNT); 2-7 p.m. (CBS)
|Tee Times for Notable Groups in Rounds 1-2|
|Round 1||Round 2||Golfer||Golfer||Golfer|
|9:05 a.m.||2:20 p.m.||Jason Day||Dustin Johnson||Rickie Fowler|
|9:15 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||Tiger Woods||Martin Kaymer||Keegan Bradley|
|2:10 p.m.||8:55 a.m.||Adam Scott||Henrik Stenson||Brooks Koepka|
|2:20 p.m.||9:05 a.m.||Rory McIlroy||Jordan Spieth||Zach Johnson|
|2:30 p.m.||9:15 a.m.||Jason Dufner||Phil Mickelson||Padraig Harrington|
For a complete list of tournament tee times, visit the PGA Tour"s official site.
|Earnings for Top 10 Finishers (Total Purse: $10 million)|
|TheGolfNewsNet.com; All players who make the cut get a portion of the total purse|
The tournament would have a much different feel if Spieth had an opportunity to complete the Grand Slam this week. He came up one stroke short of making the playoff at The Open Championship last month, however, putting an end to those dreams, at least for now.
As a result, there really isn"t a singular dominant story to follow at the year"s final major. Instead, there are a handful of different potential selling points depending on how the first couple of days play out.
Woods is the one constant. Even though his major record over the past two years includes three missed cuts and two DNPs, there"s always a belief a return to his peak form, which allowed him to capture 14 major titles, could be right around the corner.
He looked far more competitive in his last start at the Quicken Loans National. He finished in 18th with three scores of 68 or better. A Saturday 74 doomed his chances of winning, and stringing together four strong rounds in a row remains elusive.
Yet, slowly but surely, there are signs of progress, as Justin Ray of Golf Channel noted:
"Every day is an opportunity to get better." - TigerTiger's GIR % in 20151st 6 starts: 57%Last 3 starts: 73%
From an entertainment perspective, it would be great to see Woods make one more extended surge toward the top of the game. Perhaps a few years—even just one year—where he"s legitimately competitive in the majors on a consistent basis.
Getting to see him battle the likes of Spieth, McIlroy and the rest of the sport"s new group of young stars on Sunday afternoon would equate to an awesome atmosphere and massive television ratings.
For now, the young guard is more likely to battle each other while Woods tries to find his game. Steve DiMeglio of USA Today noted comments from veteran Justin Rose about the transition between the eras.
"When Tiger was doing it, you thought there"s no way we"ll ever see this again in our lifetime. It was unprecedented to see a young player go out and win majors and make it look so easy," Rose said. "Here we are 20 years later, and Spieth and the next generation is stepping up to those sorts of feats. It"s pretty cool."
So it"s no shock Spieth and McIlroy lead the way heading into the event, based on Ken Pomeroy"s PGA win probability formula:
PGA win probability
PGA start: McIlroy 10%, Spieth 9%, Watson 6%, Fowler 4%, Day 4%, Rose 4%, Furyk 4%, D Johnson 3%, Stenson 3%, Garcia 2%, Others 51%
Again, there"s no clear favorite. There"s a 51 percent chance none of the 10 players listed end up winning in the end. It points toward some Sunday drama.
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It also leaves the door open for a wide range of endgames, as highlighted by Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN:
What's best 2015 PGA storyline finish: DJ holes fw bunker shot to win? Tiger wins? Rory wins? Spieth wins 3d major? Back to back for Zach?
All told, it"s hard to pick against Spieth given how well he"s performed on golf"s biggest stages so far in 2015. His clean, crisp ball-striking combined with some clutch putting has allowed him to make difficult courses look awfully easy at times.