Bel­lerive, Mis­souri, Au­gust 9-12

Golf World (UK) - - WISH LIST FOR 2018 -

The 100th PGA Cham­pi­onship will be the fi­nal one to be held in Au­gust be­fore it shifts to May in 2019. It’s the last time it will be the fi­nal chance for ma­jor glory for eight months un­til the fol­low­ing year’s Masters, and it’s also the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing event for the American Ry­der Cup team (and sec­ond-last for Europe), so there’s plenty to play for. That kind of do-or-die sit­u­a­tion is sure to de­liver drama, joy and heart­break.

The course has hosted two pre­vi­ous ma­jors and it’s been a happy hunt­ing ground for African golfers – Gary Player claimed the 1965 US Open and Nick Price won the 1992 USPGA Cham­pi­onship. The lay­out, which was orig­i­nally de­signed by Robert Trent Jones in 1960 and re­designed by his son Rees in 2005/6, is routed around a large creek and wa­ter comes into play on 11 holes.

The green com­plexes are large and un­du­lat­ing, so it might just favour a shot-maker and short­game wizard more than most PGA Tour cour­ses. That will be mu­sic to ears of Jor­dan Spi­eth, who only needs the USPGA Cham­pi­onship to com­plete a ca­reer grand slam by the age of 25.

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