They say that in golf, it's just you against the course.
Well when that course is Whistling Straits, another quote seems appropriate—it sucks to be you.
The rolling terrain of this brutally difficult golf course spans more than 7500 yards and features multiple par-4s over 500 yards and par-5s over 600. Eight holes hug the shoreline of Lake Michigan while the huge undulating and severely elevated greens hang along the edge of the bluffs. Fescue fairways are strategically lined with pot bunkers and when the swirling winds start 'whistling,' start praying your ball stays in bounds.
If only that were the end of it.
The PGA Championship is not only the final major championship of the year, but represents the last chance for one professional golfer to have his name etched into golf's history books along the with the greatest that ever lived.
Unlike a Super Bowl, World Series, or NBA Championship, a Major Championship in golf isn't just agonizingly difficult because of the pressure associated with the success. Instead, the battle between that intense, stomach-in-your-throat pressure fused with the alarmingly difficult conditions of the course produce four days of mind and body consuming strain.
Who will rise to the occasion?
Will the golf world be struck by near heart failure once again as a surprise winner like Louis Oosthuizen conquers the field? Can a veteran like Ernie Els reignite his exceptional play from the beginning of the season?
Or, will a young gun like Rory McIlroy or even Rickie Fowler play the best rounds of his life at the PGA Championship?