2020-21 PGA Tour – PGA Championship Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the PGA Championship? 20th May – 23rd May 2021

Where is the PGA Championship? Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

What is the total prize fund of the PGA Championship? $11m ($1.98m to the winner)

What television channel can I watch the PGA Championship on in the UK? This tournament will be televised live on Sky Sports Golf (channel 405)

Where can I stream the PGA Championship in the UK? This tournament can be streamed live via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for the PGA Championship? Check the official tournament website for the latest ticket information

What is the course yardage at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island? 7,876 yards

What is the par at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island? 72

What is the predicted weather for the PGA Championship? 27-31c with sunshine forecast and moderate breezes throughout

TSZ TIPS

VIKTOR HOVLAND

  • After Collin Morikawa’s memorable win at the US PGA last year, there is every chance that Norwegian prodigy Viktor Hovland could follow hot on his heels and win a maiden Major come Sunday afternoon.
  • The Ocean Course is incredibly demanding but Hovland has shown he can adapt to any course on the Tour with his outstanding ball-striking skills and finishing in the top six in eight of his last 13 events, there is every chance he can go close at Kiawah Island.

TIP: Each way (top ten)

JORDAN SPIETH

  • One of the most in-form players on the PGA Tour and certainly the big-name with the best record in 2021 so far is Jordan Spieth and after grabbing his first tour win at the Valero Texas Open since 2017, he will be looking to win the only major that has eluded him so far.
  • After his Valero victory, Spieth finished T3 at the Masters and with five top four finishes in his last nine events, backing Spieth makes plenty of sense especially when looking at the top ten favourites for the tournament.

TIP: Each way (top ten)

RORY MCILROY

  • Rory McIlroy is coming a much-needed victory on the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo – his first victory in 18 months – so he will have plenty of confidence in South Carolina which holds good memories for him as he won the first of his two US PGAs at this same venue.
  • The Northern Irishman will be boosted by his previous win at this difficult course and assuming the winds do not blow too strong, he is renowned for his streaky runs of good form and he has to be favoured to be in contention on Sunday afternoon.

TIP: Each way (top ten)

ONES TO AVOID

  • He may be the top-ranked golfer in the world right now, but Dustin Johnson is not playing his best golf at present. He pulled out of the AT&T Byron Nelson last weekend with a knee complaint which does not bode well and his form since his Masters win just over six months ago has been poor by his high standards. There’s nothing to suggest he will challenge on this tough and demanding course.
  • Jon Rahm may have been enjoying becoming a father for the first time at the start of April but it has not helped his golf. The Spanish star missed the cut at the Wells Fargo and came T34 at the AT&T Byron Nelson last weekend while it is hard to seeing him featuring high up the leaderboard this weekend neither.

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