Three posts in a week, now we’re cooking with gas! Don’t get to used to this though as I still have a real job :).
The last major of 2017 is upon us. I am pretty excited about this one due to the proximity. I won’t be able to make it up to the event, but Quail Hollow is a course I have walked around plenty. It will be a great challenge to the pros and always seems to crown impressive winners.
Before I get into the picks, I wanted to take a moment to address the recent news that the PGA Championship is going to move to May. I think this is a great idea for a few reasons.
First, it opens up the tournament for many more venues. Courses in the south and west can definitely host more easily. One thing I like about the PGA is that it tends to go to newer venues even though the US Open has been changing its tune on that front. The new date may allow viewers to see tracks they wouldn’t otherwise. Let’s get back to Riviera and Champions Golf Club. Let’s see new places in California, Texas, Oklahoma, and The Carolinas.
Second, football is king in September. NEWSFLASH!!! I am not the first person to share this opinion, but golf should end by early September and give these guys a break. I miss the Silly Season and Fall events that are low stress for everyone but guys fighting for their cards. I want to see more mixed team events, more events with players mic’ed up, and more events that are just different from 72-hole stroke play. Bonus opinion: Will this allow us to bring back the Skins Game? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Third, this sets up an action packed stretch of golf from March to August. The Players, The Masters, and onward. I’m all for it! Then when the calendar hits September I can be all in on football with the exception of the Presidents/Ryder Cups. Coincidentally those tournaments make for great tailgate viewing.
Alright, now on to who I think will take home the hardware. I will stick with my initial pick at the beginning of the year. Rickie Fowler kicks in the door and wins. My reasoning? Quail is a place he has had success and I just think his time in coming. If not now, within the next two years.
Other players that I think will be in the mix…
- Rory McIlroy – He should live at Quail Hollow. He plays the course extremely well and seems to always be in contention here. I almost wanted to pick him to win.
- Hideki Matsuyama – Guy is just on fire right now.
- Jordan Spieth – He always seems to be around the lead anyway, but I don’t think he completes the Career Slam this time. Contrary to popular belief, it is hard.
I’m not a dark horse is going to win this tournament. A lot of big name guys have decent form coming into the tournament. Let’s sit back and enjoy what hopefully is a great event.