Let’s see, the pairings for the first and second round of next week’s PGA Championship at The Ocean Course At Kiawah Island — which some describe as “Whistling Straits but flat” — have been released and the “marquee” threesome includes defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods and 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer. <<yawn>>
Then there’s the traditional PGA Championship grouping of the winners from the season’s first three major championships: Masters champ Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson and Open champion golf of the year Ernie Els. Alright, they should be pretty fun to follow.
Besides Bradley-Woods-Kaymer, there are two more sets of PGA Champions grouped together in the first two rounds (or click here for the PDF version):
*Shaun Micheel (2003), David Toms (2001) and John Daly (1991), who start Thursday at 8:20 a.m. on No. 1 and Friday at 1:30 p.m. on No. 10.
*Y.E. Yang (2009), Rich Beem (2002) and Vijay Singh (1998 and 2004), who start Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on No. 10 and Friday at 8:20 a.m. on No. 1.
Some of the other notable groupings:
* Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk — Thursday at 8:10 a.m. on No. 10 and Friday at 1:20 p.m. on No. 1
* Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter and Steve Stricker — Thursday at 8:40 a.m. on No. 10 and Friday at 1:50 p.m. on No. 1
* Lee Westwood, Bill Haas and Angel Cabrera — Thursday at 8:50 a.m. on No. 10 and Friday at 2 p.m. on No. 1
* Charl Schwartzel, Rickie Fowler and Nicolas Colsaerts — Thursday at 1 p.m. on No. 1 and Friday at 7:50 a.m. on No. 10
* Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia — Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on No. 1 and Friday at 8 a.m. on No. 10
* Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson — Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on No. 1 and Friday at 8:20 a.m. on No. 10
Those are all decent, with the last two groups being my favorite. I’m guessing Adam and Sergio will have the most ladies in their gallery. Meanwhile, Rickie will have control of the under-17 crowd, along with the 40+ guys dressed head-to-toe in all-orange PUMA gear.
There are 13 PGA Champions and 32 major champions currently in the field. The PGA of America boasts that it “perennially features the strongest and deepest field in golf” since it’s the only all-professional major and all 108 of the top ranked players in the OWGR have committed. Instead of the top amateurs and other qualifiers, the field includes the best 20 club pros in the country…
Without further ado, here are the tee times and groupings for the first two rounds:
Who will you be following? And who are you putting your money on to win the Wanamaker Trophy?
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