The 103rd PGA Championship takes heart stage this week.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina will garner loads of headlines this week however so will the players.
Who’s the favourite? Depends on who you ask. Can Collin Morikawa repeat? Well, there have solely been two players to repeat because the PGA went from match play to stroke play in 1958: Brooks Koepka in 2018 and 2019 and Tiger Woods, who repeated twice, in 1999 and 2000 and once more in 2006 and 2007. Woods received’t play this week and Koepka continues to battle again from knee surgical procedure.
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So, Sir Nick Faldo, who do you want?
When requested throughout a Zoom teleconference name with reporters final week, the CBS lead analyst specifically mentioned two names: Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
“Obviously it was great what Rory did last week,” Faldo mentioned in reference to McIlroy’s win at Quail Hollow Club. “That was a huge inspiration.”
Then he went on to discuss up Spieth, and that was earlier than Spieth completed tied for ninth at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the ultimate tune up for the PGA. Spieth now has seven top-10s and eight top-15 finishes in ten begins in 2021. Faldo indicated that Spieth has the craftiness to deal with the course and any potential climate situations.
“If it becomes a long pounding test then obviously the ball strikers have an advantage,” Faldo mentioned. “But if it becomes hard work, with the wind and firm conditions, when even good shots miss greens, then it’s going to become a real scrambling test and the scrambling there is, well, it’s off the charts.
“There are some incredibly demanding holes and … you have to be innovative. You have to have some kind of repertoire of shots, so that’s why I look at the great chippers. Jordan Spieth is obviously one of those right now.”
And recreation apart, Faldo mentioned McIlroy and Spieth may have a bit one thing additional this week.
“Both are seriously motivated. Rory would love to get back to winning majors and Jordan has the chance at the (career) grand slam.
“But to be honest, let’s get through the first couple of days and see how things settle down because it will be hard work. I hope the weather is tough, that it’s a difficult test. I think we’ll have a really good shake up Thursday, Friday and then we’ll have a great weekend.”