What: PGA Championship
When: August 10th - 13th
Where: Quail Hollow Club
2016 Winner: Jimmy Walker (-14)
Purse: $10MM (Winner - $1.8MM)
Course: Quail Hollow. Designed by George Cobb in 1959, this 7,442 yard par 72 course will play host to the 99th PGA Championship. It has since gone renovations by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio in 1997 and 2003. Known best for the "Green Mile" which are the 16th, 17th and 18th holes challenge golfers closing out their rounds, this course recently underwent some renovations from Tom Fazio again extending some of the opening holes. Going the distance will be key for golfers this weekend.
Rory McIlroy. 4th in OWGR. Two time winner at the Wells Fargo Championship which is held at Quail Hollow and fresh off a 5th place finish at the World Championship: Bridgestone Invitational.
Hideki Matsuyama. Finished 11th at Wells Fargo Championship Last year and 20th in 2015, his major record this year is 11th, 2nd and 14th so he should be on track for a top 15 finish at the PGA Championship where he finished 4th last year. He's 22nd in driving distance this year.
Paul Casey. His last 9 tournaments have yielded seven top 15 finishes. He finished 10th at the PGA Championship last year and is currently 9th on the tour in strokes gained tee to green. He's 63rd in driving distance this year.
Brian Harman. His last 5 tournaments have been up and down with two top 10 finishes, a 35th place, 50th place and missed cut. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship two years ago but he did finish 35th at Quail Hollow last year in the Wells Fargo Championship. His putter will guide him as he's 7th on the tour in strokes gained putting. He finished 2nd at the US Open earlier this year.
David Lingmerth. Top 30 finishes in 6 of his last 7 tournaments, David finished 17th at Quail Hollow last year. Additionally he was 22nd at the PGA Championship last year. His only major event this year was the US Open where he finished 22nd.
Current Stats on picks so far this season:
A Golfers: Avg finish 45th (33rd percentile)
B Golfers: Avg finish: 52nd (38th percentile)
C Golfers: Avg finish: 52nd (39th percentile)
Sleepers: Avg finish 47th (35th percentile)
2017 average 137 golfers per tournament.