Brooks Koepka tees off on Thursday trying to become the first back-to-back-to-back winner of this event in nearly 100 years. Tiger Woods will try to take one more step up Mount Nicklaus. Jordan Spieth has a chance to win the career grand slam. Rory McIlroy could become just the 20th golfer in history to reach five major championship wins. The narratives go on and on, and they will all week as this major heats up.
For the first time in over 12 months, it’s time for a major championship. (Those words felt great to write.) PGA Championship week begins at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Thursday, and the storylines for Round 1 of the 102nd edition of this event are abundant as the season’s only major takes place without any spectators at a historic public venue.
The first round, while pertinent, isn’t a death knell like it can be at some other majors. Justin Thomas trailed by six in 2017 before going on to win. Koepka trailed by five in 2018 before going on to win. This event keeps more players involved for a longer period of time. So you can kick back, relax and enjoy some West Coast golf as the best in the world go after the first major of the year.
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Oddsmakers are suggesting that if anyone is capable of usurping Koepka at Harding Park this weekend, it will be Justin Thomas. Thomas, the last player besides Koepka to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy after winning at Quail Hollow in 2017, is arguably playing better golf than anyone in the world right now and his 10-1 betting line indicates as much. The 26-year-old just ascended to the No. 1 spot in the OWGR after taking home top honors in Memphis, his 13th PGA Tour victory over the last five years. Thomas climbed back from an early round deficit in that WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational battle, staving off a comeback effort from Koepka to notch the “W” after a drawn out duel. It was Thomas’ fourth top-five finish since the calendar flipped to 2020, capping off a far more consistent lead up to the year’s first major than Koepka’s, who just posted a top-five result for the first time since placing third at the Tour Championship nearly one year ago.