How will you watch the 2013 PGA Championship? Fans of the sport should know they have options. If you're in Rochester, N.Y., you can attempt to attend the event live. However, most of us will need to find a way to see the best in the world compete in our homes or offices.
The default way to follow the action at Oak Hill Country Club is on television, where the first two rounds of play can be seen on TNT exclusively. The final two rounds are simulcast on TNT and CBS.
If you won't be near a television or if a computer monitor or mobile device is more convenient, you can also watch the event live online. The PGA Championship will be live streamed on PGA.com.
Here's a look at the hours of coverage:
|Thursday||8:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m ET|
|Friday||8:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m ET|
|Saturday||11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m ET|
|Sunday||11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m ET|
Several factors will give the year's final major its own identity, but it all begins with the course.
Oak Hill CC at a Glance
This par-70, 7,163-yard course should be nearly as difficult as Merion and Muirfield were for players at the U.S. Open and Open Championship, respectively.
The difficulty begins on the first tee, where an out-of-bounds threat makes driving a bit worrisome on the 460-yard opening hole. There are a few easier holes throughout the course—such as four, six and 11— but more holes pose threats.
Watch for the challenging finishing hole Saturday and Sunday. The large field makes the use of split tees necessary, but after the cut, you'll see the 18th hole create some drama and intrigue.
It is a 497-yard par-four with bunkers, trees and hills that may just submarine a contender's chances. Here's a link to a tour of the entire course from PGA.com.
While the course could ultimately become the star of the event, most fans will be focused on the human element.
There's a plethora of stories on that end as well.
The Quest for 15th Major
The major drought is at five years for Tiger Woods. Though he's clearly re-established himself as the game's best player, he hasn't been able to win a major since 2008.
Woods is the top-ranked player in the world and is No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings, and his four wins are tops on the PGA Tour. Even with all that success, his year will be a disappointment if he doesn't win the 2013 PGA Championship.
Those are rough standards, but such is the life of the most transcendent golfer in history.
After his amazing performance at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational last week, the expectations are especially high. Woods blew away the competition en route to a seven-stroke win in Akron, Ohio.
Can he continue the momentum and get the major monkey off his back? We shall soon find out.
Multiple Major Winner?
While many eyes will be on Tiger—and rightfully so—one noteworthy threesome deserves a huge portion of attention as well.
The Phil Mickelson-Justin Rose-Adam Scott pairing features winners of all three major championships this year. Mickelson has ascended to No. 2 in the world rankings after winning the Open Championship in July. Rose won on a brutal course at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. at the U.S. Open, and Scott won the Masters.
Will one of these men become the only multiple major winner for the 2013 season?
Looking for Their First
The established greats who have already had their moments in the sun at major championships deserve the hype heading into the tournament. However, a few really good players have yet to win their first majors.
Could Oak Hill CC be the site for one such moment?
Kuchar is second in the FedEx Cup standings this year, and he's one of four men with multiple victories. The 35-year-old won the 2012 Players Championship but hasn't won an official major.
His best showing was a third-place finish at the 2012 Masters. He's coming off a 27th-place finish at the Bridgestone, but don't count him out in Rochester.
The 32-year-old from Nashville, Tenn. has two third-place finishes in majors (2008 Masters and 2012 Open Championship). He has finished 16th or better in all three majors this year, and he won the RBC Canadian Open in late July.
He had a few rough patches in May and June, but he's still ranked sixth in the world.
Which is more likely?
Aside from Woods and Mickelson, not many golfers are playing better than Haas over the last two months.
He's finished in the top 10 in four of his last six starts. Unfortunately, he missed the cut in the two starts in which he didn't finish among the leaders. Even worse, those two starts came at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
The majors haven't been kind to Haas in his career. His best showing was a 12th-place finish at the 2011 PGA Championship.
He'll be hoping to change his luck in the sport's biggest events.
The 25-year-old Australian has been so close to capturing his first major but always seems to come up just short. He tied for second at the U.S. Open and the Masters in 2011 and again at the U.S. Open this year.
There is no question Day has the game to be one of the premier players in the world. He just needs to find a way to get over the hump in the majors. Perhaps this is his opportunity.
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