Every year golf champions from around the world gather for one of the biggest tournaments, the PGA Championship. This year the 103rd annual PGA Championship will be held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina on May 20-23. Here is a brief look at some things you should know while watching the event:
1. The Unique Ocean Course
About 30 years ago, Pete and Alice Dye designed the Kiawah Island Course that is now most famous for the 1991 Ryder Cup. The course was originally built for the Ryder Cup after being awarded the tournament specifically. Known for its beauty and brawn, Golf Digest has declared this course the most difficult in the country. This week’s PGA Championship tournament will mark the third monumental event on the golf course.
In terms of scorecard yardage, this will be the longest PGA Championship tournament. It will be the longest yardage of the 456 majors that have been played within the history of golf with 7,876 yards.
Intrigued by the course? With our new Full Swing Golf Simulator in store, you have the opportunity to play this course! This unique course is offered on the simulator, so next time you are in for a custom fitting make sure to request the Kiawah Island Course.
2. The Players
The field will consist of 156 players, with 20 being PGA professionals. The defending PGA Champion Collin Morikawa, along with Rory McIlroy, winner of the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah will also be competing once again for the PGA Champion title.
Another player, Jordan Spieth, will have the opportunity to capture a Grand Slam. In men’s golf, the term “Grand Slam” refers to a golfer who wins all four major championships in one year. If Spieth wins the PGA Championship, he will be the 6th player to ever capture the Grand Slam.
Whether you are a golf guru or new to the industry, this basic information will keep you in the loop for the PGA Championship.
For more information on starting times and the tournament, visit the PGA Championship website.