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PGA Tour’s First Major Tees Off On Thursday

 

Golf returns to its highest level on Thursday with the PGA Championship. The first major of this season marks another first in a year full of weird occurrences.

This year’s rendition will be hosted by TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, CA. This year has plenty of storylines to watch for.

Let’s dive into a few of them.

How will Tiger fare this weekend?

Tiger didn’t look too sharp in his only appearance since the shutdown at The Memorial. This could be due to several things, but one that comes to mind is back tightness. Hopefully, everything is good to go with the “Boss Man’s” back because golf is always more interesting when Tiger is in contention.

Can Brooks complete the three-peat?

Brooks Koepka is the back-to-back defending champion of this event. He will be looking to make it three straight when he tees off this Thursday. He seems to be peaking at the right time with an impressive outing at the St. Jude Invitational.

Will one of the young guns on tour start their legacy?

The emergence of Matthew Wolff, Mathew Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland, and  Collin Morikawa has breathed new life into the game. These four have already begun to make a name for themselves on tour. Each claiming at least one victory on tour. This is a storyline to keep a watch on.

This week’s “Best Bet” is last week’s champion Justin Thomas at 10-1. As can be seen, the former PGA Champion is no stranger to the major spotlight. Thomas’s game has been peaking as of late as well, with him claiming victory in Memphis this past weekend. This week’s “Dark Horse” is your favorite and mine, El Tigre.

Tiger comes into the week with 22-1 odds. This puts him pretty high for our “Dark Horse,” but it’s Tiger, and we have to have money on the Big Cat. This man has a knack for showing up in the big moments. Despite the lack of reps, expect him to be in the mix on Sunday.

Last but not least, we have Matthew Wolff at 80-1. Wolff is one of the guns mentioned above that is poised to break out. The former OK State prodigy is going to have a bright career filled with many major victories; it’s just a matter of when.

I like his odds this week in the event is his coming out party. Let’s get rich this weekend, folks!

How to watch the action

Thursday, August 6: 4-10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Friday, August 7: 4-10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, August 8: 1-4 p.m. ET (ESPN); 4-10 p.m. ET (CBS)

Sunday, August 9: 12-3 p.m. ET (ESPN); 3-9 p.m. ET (CBS)

This week we have a special treat; ESPN+ will be providing the exclusive group coverage and pre-TV coverage in the morning.