There is new excitement surrounding the 2019 PGA Championship, as the event has moved from the heat of late summer and August to the hope of spring in mid-May.
Any change in the golf calendar is worth noting, especially when it impacts the four majors. However, the X-factor here is the return of Tiger Woods to the winner's circle in the elite events.
The 43-year-old won the Masters in April, and the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, is his first tournament since his triumph at Augusta National.
The victory in the Masters was the 15th major championship of Woods' career, and he hopes to make it 16 when he tees off Thursday morning with defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open winner Francesco Molinari at 8:24 a.m. ET.
There are a number of featured threesomes teeing off in the PGA Championship, including Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose at 8:02 a.m., Tony Finau, Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter at 12:43 p.m., Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at 1:16 p.m. and Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day at 1:38 p.m.
Here's a link to the tee-off times for the full field, per PGA.com.
All four days of the second major championship of the year will be televised. TNT will screen the first two rounds, starting their coverage at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, going until 7:30 p.m. both days.
TNT and CBS will split coverage during the final two rounds. TNT will broadcast from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days, while CBS will take over at 2 p.m. and remain on the air until 7 p.m. both days.
The tournament can also be live-streamed at PGA.com.
The presentation of the Wanamaker Trophy will take place at the conclusion of Sunday's round, and CBS broadcasts that aspect of the tournament as well.
In addition to the famous trophy, the players are competing for at least $11 million in prize money, with $1.98 million going to the winner. Both of those figures could be slightly higher after the tournament's completion.
Players may get a break in the weather during the tournament. While rain has been a factor in Farmingdale Monday and Tuesday, the latest forecast calls for dry playing conditions through Sunday.
The Weather Channel is predicting temperatures ranging from the low 50s to the high 60s, and while there will be some clouds, rain is not anticipated. The chances of rain are listed at 10 percent for Thursday and 20 percent for Friday, according to the same source, which forecasts a zero percent chance of precipitation Saturday and Sunday.
Koepka and Woods are favored to win the PGA Championship at odds of 10-1, while Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are slightly behind at 11-1 and 12-1, respectively.
Here's a look at the top 20 golfers in the field as well as a link to the odds for the full field, per VegasInsider.com.
2019 PGA Championship odds
Brooks Koepka 10-1
Tiger Woods 10-1
Dustin Johnson 11-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Rickie Fowler 16-1
Jon Rahm 18-1
Justin Rose 20-1
Jason Day 22-1
Francesco Molinari 25-1
Xander Schauffele 28-1
Tommy Fleetwood 33-1
Tony Finau 3-1
Bryson DeChambeau 40-1
Sergio Garcia 40-1
Hideki Matsuyama 45-1
Jordan Spieth 45-1
Patrick Cantlay 45-1
Matt Kuchar 50-1
Paul Casey 50-1
Adam Scott 55-1
Golf fans will not find Justin Thomas in this week's tournament after he withdrew Monday because of a right wrist injury. His spot in the field will be taken by Kelly Kraft.
Thomas won the PGA Championship in 2017 at Quail Hollow and clearly wanted to play. He injured his shoulder and wrist in late March when he hit a tree while attempting to play a shot at the Honda Classic.
The 26-year-old finished that tournament and competed in the Masters (tied for 12th), but the injury has not improved enough for him to play his best golf at Bethpage Black.
"Obviously, as a past champion, this tournament is extra special to me. It consistently has the strongest field in golf and I'm disappointed to not be among those competing this year but I'm optimistic about a return in the near future," he wrote on Twitter (h/t Golfweek.com).
The U.S. Open is the next major on the schedule and it will be played in June. Thomas, the fifth-ranked golfer in the world, hopes to be ready to compete in that tournament.