2018 PGA Championship Fantasy Sleeper Report
The leaderboard at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week gave us a small hint that the fourth and final major of the calendar year, the PGA Championship, could well be a show for the ages.
You had the winner, Justin Thomas, collecting his seventh title in little over 18 months, with Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter tied in second at the 54-hole stage.
In the end, the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Canlay, Tony Finau and Jason Day rounded out the top-10, which suggests that some rather big hitters are just finding some form ahead of our final ‘big one’ of the year.
This will be the 100th edition of the PGA Championship, which brings with it plenty of prestige, and the last before it heads into a May timeslot as of 2019 to give it more prominence in the schedule.
There’s a decent stack of FedExCup points to play for, and not to mention a winner’s check just shy of $2 million, so there’s plenty for all in the field to aim for.
Phil Mickelson acknowledges the gallery on the 16th hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on August 3, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
And what a field it is. Some 98 of the world’s top 100 will tee up at Bellerive Country Club, alongside some former champions that include Rich Beem, John Daly and Davis Love III.
Bellerive is a course that we haven’t seen a huge amount of in the past. It hosted the US Open in 1965, when Gary Player downed Kel Nagle in a playoff, and in 1992 hosted the PGA Championship, which Nick Price won with a score of -6.
It has hosted two senior majors since, with the US Open in 2004 followed by the PGA Championship in 2013, and it held the FedExCup event, the BMW Championship, in 2008, which was won by Camilo Villegas.
So what have we learned about it? Not all that much, in truth, but we do know that it is a classic Robert Trent-Jones design that has since been given some TLC by his son, the ‘Open doctor’ Rees Jones. The players can expect a terrific challenge from tee to pin, then.
It will play at around 7,300 yards for its Par 70, with some rather hefty Par 4s backed by a couple of Par 5s in the realm of 600+ yards.
As if that was challenging enough, the rough is said to be up and the greens have been re-modelled to feature challenging new contours; Augusta is said to have been the inspiration, so you can expect plenty of tiers and shelves to bamboozle the field. As such, pinpoint approach play will be required to find the right section of these Bentgrass greens.
It’s a fitting challenge for the final major of the year, and if nothing else it should provide a fascinating spectacle. But which sleepers do we expect to be up for the challenge?
The PGA Championship Fantasy Sleeper Report
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2017-2018)
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