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|
|1||July 28||TNT||1 - 7 p.m.|
|2||July 29||TNT||1 - 7 p.m.|
|3||July 30||TNT||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.|
|CBS||2 - 7 p.m.|
|4||July 31||TNT||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.|
|CBS||2 - 7 p.m.|
Note: Online coverage available to be streamed at PGA.com.
Here are the tee times for Thursday:
|Thursday Tee Times|
|Start Tee No. 1|
|7 a.m.||Bradley Dredge||Patton Kizzire||Mark R. Brown|
|7:10 a.m.||K.J. Choi||Tommy Sharp||Jon Curran|
|7:20 a.m.||Jason Kokrak||Josh Speight||Kristoffer Broberg|
|7:30 a.m.||Darren Clarke||David Lingmerth||Daniel Berger|
|7:40 a.m.||Aaron Baddeley||Kevin Kisner||Emiliano Grillo|
|7:50 a.m.||John Daly||Padraig Harrington||Vijay Singh|
|8 a.m.||Victor Dubuisson||Marcus Fraser||James Hahn|
|8:10 a.m.||Soren Kjeldsen||Billy Hurley III||Scott Hend|
|8:20 a.m.||Matt Jones||Rikard Karlberg||Charley Hoffman|
|8:30 a.m.||Robert Streb||Vaughn Taylor||Kevin Na|
|8:40 a.m.||Gregory Bourdy||Jonas Blixt||Roberto Castro|
|8:50 a.m.||Ross Fisher||Omar Uresti||Greg Chalmers|
|9 a.m.||Zac Blair||Smylie Kaufman||David Muttitt|
|12:15 p.m.||Joe Summerhays||Yuta Ikeda||Colt Knost|
|12:25 p.m.||Ryan Palmer||Rob Labritz||Gary Woodland|
|12:35 p.m.||Alex Noren||Andrew Johnston||Scott Piercy|
|12:45 p.m.||Shaun Micheel||Rich Berberian Jr.||Rocco Mediate|
|12:55 p.m.||Tony Finau||Anirban Lahiri||Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|1:05 p.m.||Danny Lee||Matt Kuchar||Luke Donald|
|1:15 p.m.||Jim Furyk||Francesco Molinari||Shane Lowry|
|1:25 p.m.||Bubba Watson||Jordan Spieth||Sergio Garcia|
|1:35 p.m.||Patrick Reed||Justin Rose||Charl Schwartzel|
|1:45 p.m.||Danny Willett||Dustin Johnson||Henrik Stenson|
|1:55 p.m.||Graeme McDowell||Webb Simpson||Louis Oosthuizen|
|2:05 p.m.||Ryan Moore||Kyle Reifers||Ben Polland|
|2:15 p.m.||Mitch Lowe||Kevin Streelman||Young-han Song|
|Start Tee No. 10|
|7 a.m.||Chris Kirk||Wyatt Worthington II||Freddie Jacobson|
|7:10 a.m.||Jason Bohn||Jeunghun Wang||Brian Gaffney|
|7:20 a.m.||J.B. Holmes||Brian Stuard||Hideki Matsuyama|
|7:30 a.m.||Tyrrell Hatton||Harris English||Matt Dobyns|
|7:40 a.m.||Rickie Fowler||Ernie Els||Zach Johnson|
|7:50 a.m.||Chris Wood||Branden Grace||Jimmy Walker|
|8 a.m.||Justin Thomas||Rafa Cabrera-Bello||Paul Casey|
|8:10 a.m.||Brooks Koepka||Brandt Snedeker||Lee Westwood|
|8:20 a.m.||Adam Scott||Keegan Bradley||Jamie Donaldson|
|8:30 a.m.||Jason Day||Phil Mickelson||Rory McIlroy|
|8:40 a.m.||Bill Haas||Jamie Lovemark||Andy Sullivan|
|8:50 a.m.||George Coetzee||Rod Perry||Hideto Tanihara|
|9 a.m.||Nicolas Colsaerts||Jhonattan Vegas||Ryan Helminen|
|12:15 p.m.||Michael Block||Harold Varner III||John Senden|
|12:25 p.m.||Kevin Chappell||Johan Kok||Troy Merritt|
|12:35 p.m.||Russell Henley||Fabian Gomez||Thorbjorn Olesen|
|12:45 p.m.||Rich Beem||Steve Stricker||David Toms|
|12:55 p.m.||James Morrison||Brandon Stone||Billy Horschel|
|1:05 p.m.||Jason Dufner||Martin Kaymer||Y.E. Yang|
|1:15 p.m.||Bernd Wiesberger||Byeong Hun An||Brendan Steele|
|1:25 p.m.||Marc Leishman||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||Russell Knox|
|1:35 p.m.||Jim Herman||Thongchai Jaidee||Thomas Pieters|
|1:45 p.m.||Soomin Lee||William McGirt||Joost Luiten|
|1:55 p.m.||Brad Lardon||K.T. Kim||Peter Malnati|
|2:05 p.m.||Daniel Summerhays||Cameron Tringale||Rick Schuller|
|2:15 p.m.||Brad Ott||Bryce Molder||Si Woo Kim|
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
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
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:
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
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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