While Harding Park has hosted PGA Tour events and the Presidents Cup, questions remain about how this week’s setup will play for the pros.
Four-time PGA Tour winner Woods is shooting for a record-setting 83rd PGA Tour victory. He can also become the first player in history to win majors in four different decades.
Previous PGA Tour Event Winners & Odds to Win:
FedEx St. Jude: Justin Thomas (12/1)
3M Open: Michael Thompson (133/1)
The Memorial Tournament: Jon Rahm (22/1)
Workday Charity Open: Collin Morikawa (33/1)
Rocket Mortgage Classic: Bryson DeChambeau (6/1)
Travelers Championship: Dustin Johnson (28/1)
RBC Heritage: Webb Simpson (30/1)
Charles Schwab Challenge: Daniel Berger (80/1)
Rahm is coming off a recent victory at the Memorial Tournament and is trying to deliver on the big stage by claiming his first major championship.
GOLF’s Alan Shipnuck documented the wicked, thick rough and tight fairways on-site at the start of the week, and Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz took the conversation even further with a special edition of Subpar. The pair broke down their predictions for the week, including how tough they think the first-time major host will play.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy is one of several players who have held the world number one ranking at some point this season.
He has already won two PGA Championships, but his last one in 2014 also accounts for his last major title.
Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia make up another marquee opening round grouping.
“If this place gets firm, Harding Park has a lot of doglegs where you can choose to cut it and stuff, but if you have to worry about it running through, this could place could play very, very difficult this week,” Knost said. “From everything I’m seeing, the wind’s supposed to up quite a bit, so this place could be very challenging this week.”
One huge shocker the model is calling for at the PGA Championship 2020: Tiger Woods, who’s seeking his record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 20. With a win at TPC Harding Park, Woods will tie Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus for the most PGA Championship victories all-time with five. Woods, a 15-time major champion, has had success at TPC Harding Park, winning the WGC-American Express Invitational 15 years ago with a score of 10-under.