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Sixteen months in the past, when it was introduced that Southern Hills Nation Membership in Tulsa, Oklahoma, could be the alternative host of the 2022 PGA Championship, little question golfers who remembered the 2007 PGA on the course rapidly had been relieved remembering that the key could be contested in Might, not August prefer it was oppressively 15 years in the past.
Nonetheless, in a pandemic, there hasn’t been a complete exhale, however all programs now are go for the 104th version of what not too long ago has transitioned into the second main of the yr.
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In fact, it’s not like simply any stage will be prepared in such a brief time frame to host a premier occasion, a lot much less occupy a footprint able to supporting its infrastructure, however Southern Hills isn’t simply any stage. Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and their crew restored the Perry Maxwell design in 2019 and it hosted the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. It doesn’t appear to be the identical observe on which Tiger Woods prevailed by two strokes in 2007, however that didn’t check how Maxwell supposed.
How Southern Hills presents this week, what it would take to win and, naturally, an early peek on the climate are beneath the prolonged rating of pros poised to contend for the Wanamaker Trophy.
Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Talor Gooch, Tyrrell Hatton and Louis Oosthuizen might be among the many notables reviewed in Tuesday’s Attracts and Fades.
To place some perspective on how lengthy it’s been since Southern Hills final hosted, when the PGA of America descended right here in 2007, it’d be one other two months earlier than Dustin Johnson would make his PGA TOUR debut and the one Kim within the discipline was Anthony, then a PGA TOUR rookie and never far eliminated in time and area from his collegiate stomping grounds of the College of Oklahoma.
DJ has gone on to report 24 TOUR titles, together with two majors, and there are 4 Kims on this week’s discipline, together with Joohyung. Also called Tom, he’s this yr’s youngest qualifier at simply 19 years of age. He was 5 in the course of the 2007 PGA. (Insert “shocked” emoji right here.)
Of the 156 within the discipline on the PGA Championship – all entrants are professionals; it’s the one main sans amateurs – 17 had been at Southern Hills for the 2007 PGA. Woods departed with the perfect reminiscence of all – his thirteenth victory in a significant – however recall on how the course examined is irrelevant this week.
Southern Hills nonetheless is a inventory par 70, however the restoration in 2019 reintroduced wider fairways, distinctive construction to each bunker and greens with out thick tough round their perimeters. At 7,365 yards, it’s 234 yards longer than its earlier flip, however know-how advances in gear and the way golfers are utilizing measured information function equalizers.
Approaches from bermuda fairways intention at bentgrass greens that common simply over 5,000 sq. toes. Within the context of dimension of the targets and fundamental agronomy, it comps to Colonial Nation Membership, web site of subsequent week’s Charles Schwab Problem, so it’s not an unfamiliar mixture.
Creeks that snake by means of the property additionally had been recovered, and solely three holes are spared water in play to some extent. As must be the case in each event worthy of this billing, the routing will demand endurance, course administration and a splash of heroics the place the course permits. Rising atop the leaderboard would require tee-to-green precision and contact across the greens. The thriller of the placing surfaces will elevate the lengthy sport into the weekend.
Whereas 90-degree warmth and prevailing winds from the south will greet the gamers on Thursday, there may be zero likelihood of a repeat from the situations of 2007. That week, daytime highs reached 100 levels with increased warmth indices, so an extreme warmth warning was in impact all through.
This week, a system will move by means of afterward Friday, and it may yield rain and presumably extreme climate. Additionally with it, a lot cooler air will drop Saturday’s daytime excessive into the 60s due to a rotation of a powerful breeze pushing in from a northerly course. Sunday’s situations are anticipated to be so good that the Chamber of Commerce may blush. Winds are also forecasted to calm by then, however in these components, don’t maintain your breath.
The champion might be exempt for all times into the event. He’ll even be reserved spots within the subsequent 5 editions of the opposite three majors, and his PGA TOUR membership might be prolonged by means of the 2026-27 if it already isn’t.
Editor’s Be aware: Along with PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, followers may also take part within the PGA Championship’s fantasy sport this week and win merchandise from Southern Hills.
PGATOUR.com’s Rob Bolton recaps and previews each event from quite a few views. Search for his following contributions as scheduled.
MONDAY: Energy Rankings
TUESDAY*: Choose ’Em Preview, Sleepers
WEDNESDAY: Attracts and Fades
SATURDAY: Medical Extensions
SUNDAY: Qualifiers, Reshuffle, Rookie Rating
* – Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Knowledgeable Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which additionally publishes on Tuesday.
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