When: August 9-12, 2018
Where: Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Format: Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and TNT
The fourth and final major championship of the year gets underway August 9-12, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri at the 100th PGA Championship.
Last year Justin Thomas picked up his first major championship at Quail Hollow Club. His 8-under par total was two strokes better than Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen.
The tournament gets a brand new venue. Bellerive Country Club gets the nod and has hosted two other major championships - the 1965 U.S. Open and the 1992 PGA Championship. The layout measures 7,547 yards and plays to a par-71.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record with five total wins, followed by Tiger Woods with four Wanamaker’s. Other past champions include Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Payne Stewart, John Daly, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
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Generally sports fans have their favorite teams or players. Therefore, when sports bettors place a sports bet, it's a common thing to see that bet go on their favorite team or player.
In team sports like baseball or football it's easier to justify bets being placed on favorite teams like the Yankees or the Patriots because they play as a unit, and no single person is solely responsible for the outcome of the game based on their own individual performance.
However, in a sport like golf, betting on your favorite golfers can be a very costly endeavor.
Unlike team sports, in golf the outcome is entirely based on individual performance and the golfer is the one making the swings, even his caddie says something different the player is the one who makes the final decision.
Who will be the next PGA Galof champion this year?
Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, you don't forget to bet on your favorite golfer for this years PGA Championship.
This last Major of the year also has some golf betting propositions that are decided such as whether Luke Donald will win a Major in 2013 or how many Majors Tiger Woods will win in 2013 for example. Players also like to make golf wagers, and pro golfers who bet on golf side bets have been around longer than Walter Hagen who “sweetened the pot with side bets.”
Hagen was also around at the time the PGA came to being. The Professional Golf Association was an idea originally put together by a successful department store entrepreneur named Rodman Wanamaker. He arranged a meeting in January of 1916 with golf industry leaders and golf professionals, including the icon Walter Hagen.
The formation of The Professional Golfers Association of America became finalized after 35 of these interested parties came together. Wanamaker talked about an all-professional event and put $2,500 of his own money where his mouth was to close the deal. Today almost 100 years later the winner of this 4th Major receives his award which is named The Wanamaker Trophy.
The first PGA Championship started out as a match play tournament in October of 1916 was hosted by Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York when Walter Hagen lost in the semifinals to Jock Hutchison who was one of the many strong British players in that day. He ended up losing in the finals to British born, James M. Barnes. World War I prevented any PGA Championships in 1917 and 1918, and Barnes defended his title in 1919 versus Fred McLeod.
The first American to win the title was Walter Hagen who won the PGA Championship in 1921 by defeating the winner of the first 2 titles, James M. Barnes on the Inwood Country Club in Far Rockaway, New York. Hagen ended up winning 5 PGA Championship Titles in his storied career including four in a row from 1924-1927. Jack Nicklaus has since tied his record by winning 5 Wanamaker Trophies also.
The first decade the PGA Championship was played had many incredible and memorable feats by the world’s best golfers and made a strong impression on players and fans alike to make it a mainstay in our culture. One record still standing was established in the 1922 PGA Championship at the famed Oakmont Country Club by the 20-year old Gene Sarazen.
Sarazen became the youngest in history to win the PGA Championship in 1922 when unfortunately Walter Hagen couldn’t play. In the following year he won again in an unbelievable final defeating Hagen on the 38th hole in the Championship’s first extra hole finish. When this event switched from match to stroke play in 1958, he played in 4 more events and in 1972, Sarazen the youngest ever winner of the PGA Championship also became the oldest to play in this event at age 70.
The PGA Championship is considered one of the toughest in all of golf to win. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in major championship golf, and is contested at some of the nation's best golf courses.
The USGA demands two things of its Open venues: that they be in immaculate condition, and that they offer a stiff test to the best golfers in the world.
The fourth Major of the year is usually played in the Eastern half of the United States, and the event has only been played in the Pacific or Mountain time zones a mere 10 times.
The PGA Professional National Championship will award 20 spots to the lowest scorers, a chance at the all famous Wanamaker Trophy.
Other wise, the only way to get in, is by winning 1 of the other 3 Majors or having an Official World Golf Ranking high enough to qualify.The golf courses are typically as difficult as the U.S. Open with many courses having been used for both Majors including Winged Foot Golf Club, Baltusrol Golf Club, Oakland Hills Country Club and the 2014 venue, Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
When they crafted the original Wanamaker Trophy it was 28 inches high, 27 inches wide and 27 pounds heavy.
When the prize was originally designed and created, Mr. Wanamaker made the silver trophy happen by giving $2,500 of his personal money.
American Jimmy Walker won his first major with a one-shot victory at the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
The 37-year-old closed with a bogey-free three-under-par 67 to hold off Australia's world number one Jason Day (67) and win on 14 under.
American Daniel Summerhays (66) was third on 10 under, while Open champion Henrik Stenson faded with a 71 to finish joint seventh on eight under.
England's Tyrrell Hatton (68) and Paul Casey (67) ended on seven under.
For the first time since 2011, all four of the year's majors have been claimed by first-time winners.
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