Bellerive, Missouri, August 9-12
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.