The 2014 PGA Championship is the season's final major, which means the world's best golfers will fight tooth and nail to come out on top at Valhalla Golf Club.
Not only is a major title on the line, but golfers are also vying for positioning in the FedEx Cup standings, and many are trying to earn a spot on a Ryder Cup team. It isn't possible for there to be much more at stake, which is why the PGA Championship promises to be such an exciting and competitive tournament.
With the event set to commence on Thursday, here is everything you need to know about the 2014 PGA Championship, including television listings, tee times and much more.
Where: Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky
When: Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 10
Watch: TNT and CBS
Live Stream: PGA.com
|Thursday, Aug. 7||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||TNT|
|Friday, Aug. 8||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||TNT|
|Saturday, Aug. 9||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||TNT|
|Saturday, Aug. 9||2 p.m. - 7 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Aug. 10||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||TNT|
|Sunday, Aug. 10||2 p.m. - 7 p.m.||CBS|
|Round 1 Time (ET)||Round 2 Time (ET)||Golfer||Golfer||Golfer|
|7:30 a.m.||12:40 p.m.||Brian Norman||Russell Knox||Roberto Castro|
|7:40 a.m.||12:50 p.m.||Charles Howell III||Aaron Krueger||Joost Luiten|
|7:50 a.m.||1 p.m.||Billy Horschel||Jamie Broce||George Coetzee|
|8 a.m.||1:10 p.m.||Brian Stuard||Brendon Todd||Pablo Larrazabal|
|8:10 a.m.||1:20 p.m.||Freddie Jacobson||Nick Watney||Brendon de Jonge|
|8:20 a.m.||1:30 p.m.||Matt Every||Ross Fisher||Kevin Chappell|
|8:30 a.m.||1:40 p.m.||John Daly||Mark Brooks||Rich Beem|
|8:40 a.m.||1:50 p.m.||K.J. Choi||Thongchai Jaidee||Brian Harman|
|8:50 a.m.||2 p.m.||Thomas Bjorn||Kevin Stadler||Harris English|
|9 a.m.||2:10 p.m.||Jamie Donaldson||Hyung-Sun Kim||Stewart Cink|
|9:10 a.m.||2:20 p.m.||Stephen Gallacher||Jason Kokrak||Rafael Cabrera-Bello|
|9:20 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||Kevin Streelman||Ryan Helminen||Edoardo Molinari|
|9:30 a.m.||2:40 p.m.||Brendan Steele||Rob Corcoran||Pat Perez|
|7:35 a.m.||12:45 p.m.||Robert Karlsson||Frank Esposito||Koumei Oda|
|7:45 a.m.||12:55 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama||Angel Cabrera||Patrick Reed|
|7:55 a.m.||1:05 p.m.||Shaun Micheel||Colin Montgomerie||Michael Block|
|8:05 a.m.||1:15 p.m.||Rickie Fowler||Victor Dubuisson||Ernie Els|
|8:15 a.m.||1:25 p.m.||Jordan Spieth||Adam Scott||Lee Westwood|
|8:25 a.m.||1:35 p.m.||Jimmy Walker||Ian Poulter||Jason Day|
|8:35 a.m.||1:45 p.m.||Padraig Harrington||Phil Mickelson||Tiger Woods|
|8:45 a.m.||1:55 p.m.||Graeme McDowell||Brandt Snedeker||Brooks Koepka|
|8:55 a.m.||2:05 p.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Charl Schwartzel||Jim Furyk|
|9:05 a.m.||2:15 p.m.||Matt Kuchar||Louis Oosthuizen||Justin Rose|
|9:15 a.m.||2:25 p.m.||Marc Leishman||Boo Weekley||Bernd Wiesberger|
|9:25 a.m.||2:35 p.m.||Russ Henley||David McNabb||Marc Warren|
|9:35 a.m.||2:45 p.m.||Mikko Ilonen||Jerry Smith||George McNeill|
|12:45 p.m.||7:35 a.m.||Ryo Ishikawa||Matt Pesta||Rory Sabbatini|
|12:55 p.m.||7:45 a.m.||Scott Stallings||Eric Williamson||Matteo Manassero|
|1:05 p.m.||7:55 a.m.||Jonas Blixt||Webb Simpson||Erik Compton|
|1:15 p.m.||8:05 a.m.||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano||Graham DeLaet||Gary Woodland|
|1:25 p.m.||8:15 a.m.||Sergio Garcia||Steve Stricker||Tom Watson|
|1:35 p.m.||8:25 a.m.||Kenny Perry||Ryan Moore||Henrik Stenson|
|1:45 p.m.||8:35 a.m.||Bubba Watson||Martin Kaymer||Rory McIlroy|
|1:55 p.m.||8:45 a.m.||Jason Dufner||Y.E. Yang||Keegan Bradley|
|2:05 p.m.||8:55 a.m.||Luke Donald||J.B. Holmes||Francesco Molinari|
|2:15 p.m.||9:05 a.m.||Zach Johnson||Darren Clarke||Richard Sterne|
|2:25 p.m.||9:15 a.m.||Tim Clark||Paul Casey||Kevin Na|
|2:35 p.m.||9:25 a.m.||Steve Bowditch||Rod Perry||Ben Crane|
|2:45 p.m.||9:35 a.m.||David Hronek||Chris Stroud||Jason Bohn|
|12:40 p.m.||7:30 a.m.||Shane Lowry||Bob Sowards||Ryan Palmer|
|12:50 p.m.||7:40 a.m.||Charley Hoffman||Dustin Volk||Scott Brown|
|1 p.m.||7:50 a.m.||Alexander Levy||Stuart Deane||David Hearn|
|1:10 p.m.||8 a.m.||David Tentis||Fabrizio Zanotti||Danny Willett|
|1:20 p.m.||8:10 a.m.||Anirban Lahiri||Bill Haas||John Senden|
|1:30 p.m.||8:20 a.m.||Vijay Singh||Davis Love III||David Toms|
|1:40 p.m||8:30 a.m.||Cameron Tringale||Scott Piercy||Kiradech Aphibarnrat|
|1:50 p.m.||8:40 a.m.||Branden Grace||Hunter Mahan||Thorbjorn Olesen|
|2 p.m.||8:50 a.m.||Chris Kirk||Matt Jones||Seung-Yul Noh|
|2:10 p.m.||9 a.m.||Jerry Kelly||Tommy Fleetwood||Hideto Tanihara|
|2:20 p.m.||9:10 a.m.||Will MacKenzie||Steve Schneiter||Chesson Hadley|
|2:30 p.m.||9:20 a.m.||Johan Kok||Ben Martin||Chris Wood|
|2:40 p.m.||9:30 a.m.||Daniel Summerhays||Jim McGovern||Geoff Ogilvy|
Players to Watch
No golfer in the world is in better form right now than Rory McIlroy. After winning The Open Championship and following that up with a victory at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, the Northern Irishman has a ton of momentum on his side. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that he is the odds-on favorite to win at Valhalla.
If McIlroy is able to keep his hot streak going by winning his second PGA Championship and the fourth major of his career, the 25-year-old star will join elite company, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Rory McIlroy could become 3rd golfer in Masters Era (since 1934) with 4 Majors by age 25 (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus) pic.twitter.com/1lfFcikfeO— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 5, 2014
Even though McIlroy has every reason to be confident and perhaps even cocky, he hasn't been boisterous about his recent success. In fact, he is trying to pump the brakes on talk that he is establishing himself as the dominant player in golf during this era, per BBC.com.
"I've had a great run over the past few months, but sometimes people are too quick to jump on the bandwagon," McIlroy said. "It's nice to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel I should be, but I'm not sure you can call that the start of an era."
McIlroy already knows how to win the PGA Championship, having come out on top in 2012, so one can only assume his confidence will be bolstered by that fact as well. It is getting to the point that McIlroy is expected to win every tournament he enters, so there is more pressure on him than ever before.
He has handled pressure very well over the course of his career for the most part, so there is reason to believe McIlroy will overcome that pressure once again and put on a great showing at Valhalla.
One of the biggest obstacles standing in McIlroy's way is defending PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner. Although Dufner is in the midst of a tough year and has yet to win a tournament in 2014, he is the type of golfer who can turn it on and play at an elite level at any time.
That is precisely what Duf did last year, and it will be interesting to see if lightning strikes twice. In order for Dufner to successfully defend his PGA Championship crown, though, he will have to overcome a troublesome ailment.
Which golfer is most likely to win the 2014 PGA Championship?
According to Brian Wacker of PGATour.com, Dufner is dealing with two bulging discs in his neck. Dufner has admitted that playing through them hasn't been easy.
"It makes it pretty tough," Dufner said. "Lack of sleep, lack of motion, lack of strength, a lot of different issues when you're dealing with your neck."
Some might consider Dufner a non-factor as he deals with such a debilitating injury, but it wouldn't be wise to count him out completely. If he can effectively manage the pain, he should at least be able to get in the mix and make some noise.
Another former PGA Championship winner who bears watching this week is Martin Kaymer. The skilled German won this tournament in 2010 and is currently enjoying his best season since. Kaymer has two wins in 2014, including the U.S. Open Championship, so he is a definite threat at Valhalla.
Much like Dufner, however, Kaymer will have to fight through injury in order to reign supreme, according to NBC Golf Central:
He has struggled since winning the U.S. Open, he Kaymer doesn't have McIlroy-esque momentum at the moment. Even though Kaymer is a shoo-in for the European Ryder Cup team, he will be motivated to perform well this week and prove without a shadow of a doubt that he is deserving of being on the team.
Winning a third major would put Kaymer in impressive company and firmly establish him as one of the best players on tour. Doing so will be easier said than done, but he is well aware of what it takes to win the PGA Championship.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter