The final major championship of the season is upon us and things are a bit out of whack thanks to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The schedule condensed and moved up the season’s final major, the PGA Championship. Jason Day broke his major championship curse at the PGA Championship last year and has been rolling ever since. On an aside, Baltusrol is only one of four golf locations in the United States to be honored as a National Landmark
The 72-hole record at the PGA Championship belongs to David Toms who shot 265 in 2001. 13 players have fired a 63 in the events history. Of course, this is all a moot point this week since the PGA Championships is one of two majors that travels from year to year. But, 63 is attainable here as proven by Thomas Bjorn in 2005.
Dates: July 28 – 31 2016
Course: Baltusrol GC
Stats: 7,428 Yards; Par 70
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: TNT 1:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Friday: TNT 1:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Saturday: TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, CBS 2:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Sunday: TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, CBS 2:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Purse: $10 million total purse $1.8 Million Winners Share
2016 PGA Championship Predictions, Picks, Hardest Holes at Baltusrol GC Holes That Matter
Hole No. 1 – Par 4, 478 Yards
Players open up their round with the threat of out-of-bounds down the left side of the hole and fairway bunkers that could make the field pause. But a well struck drive will carry the bunkering and leave a playable approach to start off their round. All that is left it to miss the tough bunkering greenside and off they go.
Hole No. 8 – Par 4, 380 Yards
The eighth is not listed hear as an immense challenge but rather a place where players that want to contend will make birdie in at least three of the rounds. At 380 yards, players will most likely play long irons or hybrids off the tee which should help them avoid the bunkers. The green is small in size and protected by bunkers but players should be attacking with scoring clubs. But like anything else, do not lose concentration or things can go sideways.
Hole No. 17 – Par 5, 649 Yards
This course is different with two par-5s to finish the round but the 17th is not a hole that many can dream of reaching in two. A big tee shot is needed to ensure players can fly the cross bunkers on their second shots. Some in the field will be forced to lay way back due to these bunkers. But those that fly them will get a generous hop and a scoring shot into the green for sure. The theme on the third shot is “trust your yardage” since the approach tends to be blind.
Hole No. 18 – Par 5, 554 Yards
554 yards will feel downright shot after the previous hole but make no mistake about it, getting home two is not a guarantee. It is a great finishing hole where anything from eagle to triple-bogey are all in play. When on the tee players face bunkering down the right side of the fairway and the imposing water down the left. If players find the fairway off the tee then the green light is bright as can be. There are still challenges but focus rules the day. Do not be shocked if the final group is in the fairway at 18 with the tournament not yet decided.
2016 PGA Championship Predictions, Picks, Hardest Holes at Baltusrol Player Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 PGA Championship. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 PGA Championship Predictions, Picks, Hardest Holes at Baltusrol GC
|Henrik Stenson||This all comes down to "hot hand" syndrome. Stenson has had immense high and horrible lows in his career. Right now he is on a high. One of the best strikers of the golf ball seemed to also find his short game at Royal Troon and finished off an epic battle with Phil as the Champion Golfer of the Year. With only two weeks separation it is hard to ignore how he is playing and his length will fit right in at this course.|
|Dustin Johnson||He has finished in the top-5 in seven of his last 11 events including at the Memorial, his first major championship at the United States Open and backing that up with another win at the Bridgestone Invitational. He also finished in the top-10 at the Open Championship . When majors are so close it is hard not to like a hot hand (at the time of this writing he is one back in the RBC as well). The length that comes with Johnson is hard to ignore based on the sheer size of the course.|
|Daniel Berger||He is currently top-25 in the FedEx rankings and the youngster is comfortable with his game. He graced the winner’s ceremony at the FedEx St Jude Classic for the first time after being winless as a rookie but still taking Rookie of the Year due to consistency. He scored a top-10 at the Masters and the Players Championship showing he stage in major events is not too big for hm. His top-30 in driving distance and top-20 in birdies will due him well at this track. He is battling a wrist but took some time to rest and all comments suggest he is good to go.|