PGA Championship 2019: Tee Times Schedule and Predictions for Top Groupings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

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For the first time in 11 years, Tiger Woods has the opportunity to win back-to-back major titles. 

The Masters champion begins his quest for the 2019 PGA Championship Thursday morning alongside Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari. 

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele are some of the other marquee names set to tee off during Thursday's morning session at Bethpage Black. 

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day are in one of the two must-see groups in the afternoon set of tee times. Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are included in the other. 

All of the sport's top golfers will be looking to get out to a fast start, similar to what Woods did at Bethpage Black on his way to winning the 2002 U.S. Open. 

                             

Thursday PGA Championship Tee Times

The full list of tee times can be found here on PGA.com.

Notable Tee Times

7:40 a.m. ET*: Sergio Garcia, Kelly Kraft, Adam Scott

7:51 a.m. ET*: Charley Hoffman, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. ET*: Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose

8:13 a.m. ET*: Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Alex Noren

8:24 a.m. ET*: Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

12:43 p.m. ET: Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter

1:16 p.m. ET: Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

1:38 p.m. ET: Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day

* - will start at the 10th hole.

                  

Predictions for Top Groupings

Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

The traditional grouping of the last three major champions is still in place, despite the switch of the PGA Championship to May. 

Koepka enters Bethpage Black as the defending PGA champion from Bellerive Country Club in August. 

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Molinari won The Open a year ago, while Woods beat out a long list of contenders to win The Masters last month. 

On Thursday, Woods will be playing his first competitive round since The Masters, and it comes at a course he won the 2002 U.S. Open at. 

Koepka has carded seven rounds in the 60s in a pair of tournaments since finishing in a tie for second at Augusta National Golf Club. 

Few players have been as consistent as Koepka in majors, which makes him an easy pick to finish near the top of the leaderboard again. 

Koepka has recorded a score in the 60s in four of his last eight first rounds at majors, including the 2018 PGA Championship. 

After his final-round collapse at Augusta, Molinari missed the cut at the RBC Heritage with two rounds in the 70s. 

Molinari comes into the PGA Championship with the least amount of confidence of the players in his group, but he has shot in the 60s in six of his last eight PGA Championship rounds. 

While all three players are capable of recording under-par rounds in the 60s, Bethpage Black is notoriously tough, and it is worth noting the combined final score of the two U.S. Open winners on the course was seven-under.

Predictions: Koepka (-2, 68), Woods (E, 70), Molinari (+1, 71) 

                          

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day

The three golfers in the afternoon's marquee group come into the PGA Championship in decent form. 

Jason Day had the best finish at The Masters between himself, Mickelson and McIlroy, as he earned a tie for fifth

McIlroy was never in contention at Augusta, while Mickelson faded down the leaderboard after a first-round 67. 

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McIlroy's been the most successful player of the three since The Masters, but he shot a final-round 73 at the Wells Fargo Championship to drop into a tie for eighth. 

Day put together three rounds in the 60s at the Wells Fargo, but a third-round 74 cost him a spot in the top 20. 

Mickelson shot rounds of 71 and 76 to miss the cut at the Wells Fargo, which is not a good sign for his PGA Championship form. 

All three golfers have experienced a mixed bag of results in recent majors, and all of them missed a cut at a major in 2018. 

A fast start is imperative for each of the golfers, but they have not been as consistent as they would like in the first round of majors. 

Mickelson's 67 at Augusta in April and Day's 67 to start the 2018 PGA Championship are the best opening-round major scores of the three players since the start of 2018.

Predictions: McIlroy (-1, 69), Mickelson (+2, 72), Day (+2, 72) 

                      

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Statistics obtained from PGATour.com.

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