2010 PGA Championship: What you need to know

I’m always slightly disappointed when the PGA Championship rolls around. It is only August and it means this is the end of the four majors for the year. I’d always prefer they spaced them out a little more. Sure, we have the FedEx Cup playoffs on the horizon but if I’m going to get out of bed at 4am, I want it to be a major.

Live scoring: 2010 PGA Championship Live Leaderboard

Course: Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, USA.
This is a true links style golf course on the shores of Lake Michigan which has had very little competitive rounds played on it. Expect the wind to play a big part and it will be no surprise to see some deep rough. Think St.Andrews on drugs. This Pete Dye designed course has three stone bridges and over 1000 bunkers. It would be nice to be more exact but I lost count after 400.

Australians in the field (9): Stuart Appleby, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Steve Elkington, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, John Senden and Michael Sim. Link to the full field.
Last year’s winner: Y.E.Yang.
Best Aussie: Robert Allenby (T24)

Aussies to watch: I’m really looking forward to seeing how Matt Jones does. He’s been wildly inconsistent but it is his first major for the year. Michael Sim and Geoff Ogilvy can grind out well on tough courses.
Will an Aussie win? Just maybe, yes. It’s a tough, tough golf course. You just need to be up and around the leaders early and grind this one out. Not for the weak-minded but it may be for the cross-handed.
Previous Australian winners: Steve Elkington (1995), Wayne Grady (1990), David Graham (1979).

Should I watch the start of the Premier League season instead? Yes of course but don’t miss any of the golf. This will be a great tournament on an unknown golf course. The top 5 will be very difficult to predict, unlike the EPL.

When to watch: Australian TV Times for PGA Championship

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