US PGA Championship Returns To Baltusrol !
The US PGA Championship, the fourth and final Major this year, returns to Baltusrol Golf Club after 11 years and runs from 28th to 31st July 2016. Baltusrol is 20 miles west of New York City in Springfield, New Jersey.
After Henrik Stenson’s amazing Open triumph two weeks ago all eyes will be on him at Baltusrol as we look for the next Major winner. Stenson jokingly said: “Of course I will be very frustrated if I don’t shoot 20 under every week from here on in.”
Australian Jason Day who won last year at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, with a final round of 67 and a score of 20 under, with Branden Grace, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth 3 shots behind is also keen to retain his trophy and said: “The success that I have enjoyed has been great.”
Of the 156 Players this year, 56 are European Tour Players and 9 of them will be making their debut this week at the US PGA. They are Kristoffer Broberg, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Scott Hend, Andrew Johnston, Rikard Karlberg, Soomin Lee, Thomas Pieters, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.
Players tipped as potential winners include Sergio Garcia, US Open winner Dustin Johnson and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy who is in good form and said: “I’d love to sit here and say I’m going to win a Major every year.”
Phil Mickelson, US PGA Winner in 2005 and runner-up to Stenson at the Open and Martin Kaymer are both playing well and keen to win another Major.
Baltusrol Golf Club was founded in 1895 by Louis Keller and has two courses designed in 1918 by A W Tillinghast. In 2005 the courses was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2014 designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of Tillinghast as a Golf Course Designer.
The US PGA Championship was first played in 1916 when Jim Barnes won US$500 and Jason Day won US$1.8 million last year and was played as a match play event until 1958, when it switched to stroke play.