KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The stage is set for Thursday’s opening round at the 97th PGA Championship being held this week for a third time at Whistling Straits, which is viewed by the players both as a ‘Beauty’ and a ‘Beast’.
Measuring 7,514 yards off the back tees, the links-style layout is lush, green, beautifully manicured and stunningly located on the shores of Lake Michigan where eight of the holes are adjacent to the water.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth will command the spotlight at this week’s PGA Championship in a rare bid for a third major title this year but before that can happen, he must make the cut at the tournament for the first time.
Spieth, who last month turned 22, failed to qualify for the final two rounds of the PGA Championship in 2013 and 2014.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Camilo Villegas has endured a roller-coaster ride of form since his career-best year on the PGA Tour in 2008 but is banking on reigniting his game at this week’s PGA Championship at one of his favorite venues.
Five years ago, the Colombian tied for eighth when the PGA Championship was last held on the spectacular links-style layout at Whistling Straits and is well aware of the pitfalls that lurk on the bunker riddled, Pete Dye-designed course.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Forty days after suffering an ankle injury, Rory McIlroy will launch his title defense in this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits fully expecting to play well.
Though the Northern Irish world number one has not competed since he tied for ninth in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in June, he pronounced himself ready after giving himself a fitness test over four days in Portugal last week.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Germany’s Martin Kaymer has happy memories to feed off on his return to Whistling Straits for this week’s PGA Championship where he looks to replicate the solid form he produced earlier this season.
The 30-year-old from Dusseldorf, who clinched his first major title when the PGA Championship was last played here in 2010, has missed four cuts in his last eight PGA Tour starts but feels his game is clicking into shape.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Whistling Straits will have extra bite for players competing at this week’s PGA Championship, and not just because of the countless bunkers which litter the ultra-long Straits Course.
An added challenge at the year’s final major is provided by the abundance of mosquitoes buzzing across the 7,514-yard links-style layout that hugs the shores of Lake Michigan.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – England’s Justin Rose heads into this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits full of confidence in pursuit of a second major title after producing stellar form on the PGA Tour since April.
The world number six clinched his seventh victory on the U.S. circuit at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans that month and has a good feeling about a run of three top-six finishes in his last three starts.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Bubba Watson is among the pre-tournament favorites for this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, where he has bittersweet memories of his performance at the links-style venue five years ago.
Though Watson was beaten in a playoff for the 2010 PGA Championship by Germany’s Martin Kaymer, he looks back at that near miss as the moment when he finally realized he could compete toe-to-toe with the game’s best players.
KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, still striving to find consistency with his game, is in unusual territory as he heads into this week’s PGA Championship with his PGA Tour season all but over and his world ranking in freefall.
“I’m just trying to get better,” Woods, a four-times winner of the PGA Championship, told reporters on a sun-splashed Tuesday at Whistling Straits where he was preparing for Thursday’s opening round in the year’s final major.
(Reuters) – Still feeling emotionally bruised after losing out in a three-way playoff for last month’s British Open, South African Louis Oosthuizen relishes the prospect of another links-style challenge at this week’s PGA Championship.
The last time the year’s final major was staged at Whistling Straits, in 2010, Oosthuizen arrived at the venue fresh from a commanding seven-stroke victory at the British Open but he went on to miss the cut after two “very nervous” opening rounds.