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PGA Championship 2016 Schedule: Tee Times, TV Coverage, Live Stream, Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2016

Sergio Garcia of Spain acknowledges the crowd as he walks onto the 18th green during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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The 2016 golf season has been anything but predictable, which could lead to an interesting PGA Championship.

After first-time winners brought home titles in each of the first three majors of the year, there are tons of possibilities for the fourth and final major championship of the season. Plenty of underrated competitors are hoping to become the fourth first-time winner of the year.

On the other hand, the trend of one golfer winning two majors in the same season could continue—it has happened in each of the last two years. Some proven competitors also want to get on the board in 2016.

Here is the TV schedule:

PGA Championship TV Schedule
RoundDateNetworkTime (ET)
1July 28TNT1 - 7 p.m.
2July 29TNT1 - 7 p.m.
3July 30TNT11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CBS2 - 7 p.m.
4July 31TNT11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CBS2 - 7 p.m.
Source: PGATour.com

Note: Online coverage available to be streamed at PGA.com.

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Here are the tee times for Thursday:

Thursday Tee Times
Start Tee No. 1
Time (ET)Golfers
7 a.m.Bradley DredgePatton KizzireMark R. Brown
7:10 a.m.K.J. ChoiTommy SharpJon Curran
7:20 a.m.Jason KokrakJosh SpeightKristoffer Broberg
7:30 a.m.Darren ClarkeDavid LingmerthDaniel Berger
7:40 a.m.Aaron BaddeleyKevin KisnerEmiliano Grillo
7:50 a.m.John DalyPadraig HarringtonVijay Singh
8 a.m.Victor DubuissonMarcus FraserJames Hahn
8:10 a.m.Soren KjeldsenBilly Hurley IIIScott Hend
8:20 a.m.Matt JonesRikard KarlbergCharley Hoffman
8:30 a.m.Robert StrebVaughn TaylorKevin Na
8:40 a.m.Gregory BourdyJonas BlixtRoberto Castro
8:50 a.m.Ross FisherOmar UrestiGreg Chalmers
9 a.m.Zac BlairSmylie KaufmanDavid Muttitt
12:15 p.m.Joe SummerhaysYuta IkedaColt Knost
12:25 p.m.Ryan PalmerRob LabritzGary Woodland
12:35 p.m.Alex NorenAndrew JohnstonScott Piercy
12:45 p.m.Shaun MicheelRich Berberian Jr.Rocco Mediate
12:55 p.m.Tony FinauAnirban LahiriMatthew Fitzpatrick
1:05 p.m.Danny LeeMatt KucharLuke Donald
1:15 p.m.Jim FurykFrancesco MolinariShane Lowry
1:25 p.m.Bubba WatsonJordan SpiethSergio Garcia
1:35 p.m.Patrick ReedJustin RoseCharl Schwartzel
1:45 p.m.Danny WillettDustin JohnsonHenrik Stenson
1:55 p.m.Graeme McDowellWebb SimpsonLouis Oosthuizen
2:05 p.m.Ryan MooreKyle ReifersBen Polland
2:15 p.m.Mitch LoweKevin StreelmanYoung-han Song
Start Tee No. 10
Time (ET)Golfers
7 a.m.Chris KirkWyatt Worthington IIFreddie Jacobson
7:10 a.m.Jason BohnJeunghun WangBrian Gaffney
7:20 a.m.J.B. HolmesBrian StuardHideki Matsuyama
7:30 a.m.Tyrrell HattonHarris EnglishMatt Dobyns
7:40 a.m.Rickie FowlerErnie ElsZach Johnson
7:50 a.m.Chris WoodBranden GraceJimmy Walker
8 a.m.Justin ThomasRafa Cabrera-BelloPaul Casey
8:10 a.m.Brooks KoepkaBrandt SnedekerLee Westwood
8:20 a.m.Adam ScottKeegan BradleyJamie Donaldson
8:30 a.m.Jason DayPhil MickelsonRory McIlroy
8:40 a.m.Bill HaasJamie LovemarkAndy Sullivan
8:50 a.m.George CoetzeeRod PerryHideto Tanihara
9 a.m.Nicolas ColsaertsJhonattan VegasRyan Helminen
12:15 p.m.Michael BlockHarold Varner IIIJohn Senden
12:25 p.m.Kevin ChappellJohan KokTroy Merritt
12:35 p.m.Russell HenleyFabian GomezThorbjorn Olesen
12:45 p.m.Rich BeemSteve StrickerDavid Toms
12:55 p.m.James MorrisonBrandon StoneBilly Horschel
1:05 p.m.Jason DufnerMartin KaymerY.E. Yang
1:15 p.m.Bernd WiesbergerByeong Hun AnBrendan Steele
1:25 p.m.Marc LeishmanKiradech AphibarnratRussell Knox
1:35 p.m.Jim HermanThongchai JaideeThomas Pieters
1:45 p.m.Soomin LeeWilliam McGirtJoost Luiten
1:55 p.m.Brad LardonK.T. KimPeter Malnati
2:05 p.m.Daniel SummerhaysCameron TringaleRick Schuller
2:15 p.m.Brad OttBryce MolderSi Woo Kim
Source: PGA.com

Out of all the options, one player will step up from the group to bring home a title at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey. Here are some predictions for how the tournament will shake out. 

     

Predicted Top Finishers

Third Place: Adam Scott

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27:  Adam Scott of Australia hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It's hard to have an underrated season when you are one of the top golfers in the world, but that is what Adam Scott has accomplished so far in 2016.

He ranks third in the FedEx Cup thanks to victories at the Honda Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Championship as well as a pair of second-place showings. He also recently added another top-10 finish at the Bridgestone Invitational.

The problem is that Scott has uncharacteristically struggled in majors. While he has made all three cuts, he hasn't finished better than a tie for 18th at the U.S. Open. In three events, he is a combined 22 strokes over par.

However, we know the Australian is capable of much more at this level. From 2011 to 2015, Scott earned 11 top-10 finishes in majors, including at least two every year. The breaks haven't been falling for him, but he is still a top contender at every big event.

According to PGATour.com, Scott ranks first in the world in strokes gained from tee to green. If he can just improve upon his putting (120th), he will finish the weekend high on the leaderboard.

    

Second Place: Dustin Johnson

Jul 21, 2016; Oakville, Ontario, CAN; Dustin Johnson (USA) plays his approach shot on the first hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Johnson has a chance to overtake Jason Day as the No. 1 player in the world this week, according to Keely Levins of Golf Digest. Whether or not he ends up with the number next to his name, there is no denying Johnson is playing better than anyone in the sport at the moment.

The American is in the midst of a six-tournament stretch where his worst finish was still a top 10 at the British Open. He also has a U.S. Open victory, a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and three more top-five finishes.

Random luck makes it almost impossible to win every week at this level, but Johnson has been almost flawless over the past two months.

Meanwhile, Chris Fallica of ESPN.com explained Johnson has been just as good over a longer stretch when it comes to majors:

Chris Fallica @chrisfallica

Over the last 9 majors, Dustin Johnson has led following more rounds (7) than he has been outside the Top 15 (5). 7 Top 9 finishes in span.

Johnson has been in the top 10 in six of the last seven majors and doesn't look like he is slowing down. Even if he doesn't win it all, he is a safe bet to finish with one of the lowest scores of the weekend.

    

First Place: Sergio Garcia

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 26:  Sergio Garcia of Spain hits a shot during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 26, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

We are going to stick with the theme of first-time winners, especially those who have come close to major titles so many times in the past without taking home the gold.

Johnson had five top-five finishes in majors before finally breaking through at the U.S. Open. Henrik Stenson had seven before an outstanding finish to win The Open Championship.

In the same vein, Sergio Garcia has finished in the top five of 12 different majors dating back to the 1999 PGA Championship.

Coming close in the past doesn't necessarily help you now, but Garcia is playing well, tying for fifth in each of the last two majors.

With Day starting a run of four first-time major winners at last year's PGA Championship, Garcia hopes he can continue the streak, per Keith Jackson of Sky Sports:

It's obviously nice to see new major winners, but every week is a new world and a different story.

I would love to make it five in a row. Obviously it would be very nice, but we'll see. It's a long week, and my goal is to play well, to give myself another shot at winning a major, and then see what I can come up with.

On the positive side, he doesn't seem to be stressing about getting the monkey off his back and is ready to just play and see what happens. If he performs like he has as of late, that first win could come this week. 

      

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