Quail Hollow, Charlotte, NC
Past Champion: Jimmy Walker
Sadly, the PGA Tour season is on its final leg of the Major Championship series, finishing with the PGA Championship at Quail Hollows. We have seen Sergio claim his first Major victory at The Masters, Brooks Koepka bomb it around Erin Hills to capture the U.S. Open, and recently watched Jordan Spieth dominate down the stretch to win the 3rd leg of the career Grand Slam at the Open Championship. Who will take down the final major of the year?
Quail Hollow, which has been the site for the Wells Fargo Championship, is hosting a major championship for the first time. However, this is not a Quail Hollow track we are used to seeing. With renovations made throughout the entire course, with a few completely different holes, as well as new Bermuda grass installed on every green. Not only will the renovations make Quail Hollow play differently than in the past, but the rain that has fallen and will fall throughout the week has changed the way the course plays as well. Not only will are the greens faster, but the rough is thicker, and with the addition of the rain, it is even more important to hit fairways this week at Quail Hollow.
— golfshake (@golfshake) August 9, 2017
Tough Mudders… SG per Round Performance in the rain since 2014 pic.twitter.com/rkAm3deOoc
— Josh Culp (@futureoffantasy) August 8, 2017
FORE PGA Championship Storylines
Grand Slam Dreams
Jordan Spieth has the chance to become the youngest golfer ever to complete the career Grand Slam beating Tiger by about 4 months. After his heroic Open Championship victory a couple weeks ago, Spieth is in as good of form as ever to complete the career Grand Slam in his first opportunity. A victory at Quail Hollows will cement Spieth legacy as one of the greatest young talents the game has ever seen.
All Eyes on Rory
Many golf experts and analysts are calling this years PGA Championship Rorys to lose, and rightfully so. With two victories under his belt at Quail Hollows, along with 6 Top 10’s, Rory is without a doubt the favorite heading into this week. After struggling through the middle of the PGA Tour season, Rory has picked it up with Top 10 finishes in his last 2 starts (The Open and Bridgestone). If Rory can attack this golf course as he is accustomed to doing here, this tournament could be over before it even starts.
📌62 Rory McIlroy
📌61 Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy owns the course record at Quail Hollow. pic.twitter.com/Gfsfiuq9fq
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2017
SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS!
If you haven’t noticed yet, the PGA of America gave golfers the permission to wear shorts during practice rounds this week, and the golf media went wild. I wouldn’t be doing my job (this isn’t my job) if I didn’t have a take on shorts being allowed on the course during practice rounds, but in the words of newly unretired Jay Cutler…DONT CARE! God forbid players not have to sweat their asses off week in and week out during the PGA Tour season.
Shorts at a major championship: 👍 or 👎
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) August 7, 2017
The Green Mile
One of the more exciting and challenging finishing stretches in golf belong to Quail Hollow and “The Green Mile”. If you can walk out even par over the final three holes you will most likely gain at least one stroke on the field as all three tend to play over par. Come Sunday, you are going to want to tune into the final groups as they make their way through The Green Mile because anything can happen.
The Green Mile at Quail Hollow. pic.twitter.com/cU0YpVuHL2
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2017
PGA Championship Prediction
Dustin Johnson (+1200)
Similar to Erin Hills, I believe the weather is going to effect Quail Hollow and it is going to be a bombers paradise. What better player to pick than the No.1 Player in the World, and the best driver of the golf ball on Tour. After winning three starts in a row, DJ experienced quite a slip up (pun intended), and hasn’t been the dominant force we saw earlier in the year. You can’t pass up 12-1 odds on the No.1 player on a course that plays to his strengths (Great DK Value too). Dustin picks up his 2nd Major this week at Quail Hollow.
Darkhorse Pick of the Week
Gary Woodland (+10000)
Greens in Reg.
5 Top 10’s.
Due for a W.
Draftkings Team of the Week
Enjoy the final Major of the year!