Wyndham Championship 2017

Wyndham Championship — The final round of the 2017 Wyndham Championship unfolds today (Sunday, Aug. 6) in Reno, Nev.


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Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi, Kevin Tway, Robert Garrigus, Rory Sabbatini, Geoff Ogilvy, Ricky Barnes, Stuart Appleby, Ben Martin, Tag Ridings, Davis Love III, Dru Love, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Palmer, Ben Crane and Scott Stallings were among notables in the field at the outset.

PPGA TOUR
WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Greensboro, N.C.
Course: Sedgefield Country Club. Yardage: 7,130. Par: 70.
Purse: $5.8 million. First prize: $1,044,00.
Television: Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Si Woo Kim.
Last week: Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.
FedExCup leader: Hideki Matsuyama

“This is a major championship venue…” said Jim Nantz, who will serve as the anchor of CBS Sports’ 2017 PGA Championship coverage. “This course has produced really great champions… We’ve been there to see Tiger [Woods] win there. Rory’s [Mcllroy] first American win there. Rickie Fowler [won] there. It’s produced some thrilling action…”

PGA Championship On The Range will also return this year, live from Quail Hollow’s Tournament Practice Range from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11. This program will feature analysis, player interviews and a preview of that day’s round.

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The PGA Championship is the final major of the year. Those 10 words will be bouncing around Rory McIlroy’s head in stereo. It has not been the year Rory expected but you have to play the ball as it lies, and despite a disappointing 2017, there is now cause for optimism.

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This year’s PGA Championship tossed in some added late drama as Sky lost the rights to the tournament. In stepped the BBC, and golf fans across Ireland thought they would be able to switch on for live coverage. Sadly not. Live TV coverage will be on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and BBC Red Button, with highlights on BBC Two each evening with Peter Alliss and Ken Brown. BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra will broadcast live from the Championship.

The PGA tournament is the second youngest of the Majors, behind the Masters. It celebrated its centenary in 2016, and it holds an important place in US golf. In the early 1900s, professional golfers were regarded as little more than the hired help, rarely if ever granted access to America’s private clubs. Rodman Wanamaker, a renowned sportsman and heir to a New York City department store empire, decided it was time to recognise and promote professional golfers. The goal was to establish a national organisation to represent these pros and Walter Hagen and Francis Ouimet were in attendance at a luncheon held by Wanamaker, in January 1916. This, ultimately, led to the formation of the PGA of America. Wanamaker even put up a prize fund of $3,000 (around €2,500) and ordered a trophy for the professional-only tournament. The British-born Jim Barnes won the first PGA Championship that same year… and the next.

Walter Hagen didn’t take long to win the Championship, doing so for four consecutive years from 1924. In 1926, when asked why he hadn’t brought the trophy with him to that year’s tournament, his reply was succinct… if disingenuous. He had no intention of surrendering the title, he said, although the truth was that he had lost it after his 1925 victory… when the story goes that he left in in a taxi in Chicago.

It wasn’t until 1930 that the trophy reappeared, located in the basement of Young & Co, the firm that produced Walter Hagen golf clubs. By that stage, the PGA had made a replica and it is this trophy that is presented to the PGA champion.

The original still has the winner’s name engraved on it but it is now on permanent display at the PGA Historical Centre, in Florida.

Lewis Rodman Wanamaker was a fascinating man. He financed expeditions to the North Pole, built the first multi-engine plane to cross the Atlantic, founded the Millrose Games and even donated a jewelled processional cross still used in royal ceremonies in Britain.

Records

When Jason Day won in 2015, his 268 strokes (68/67/66/67) represented the lowest ever 72-hole score (vs par) of -20. David Toms, however, holds the record for the lowest overall total score, at 265, after carding 66/65/65/69 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, in 2001.

Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen are the most prolific winners, with five victories each, although Hagen’s were during the matchplay era and Jack’s in the strokeplay era. Jack also holds the record for being runner-up — four times. The youngest winner was Gene Sarazen, in 1922, when he was 20; the oldest was Julius Boros, in 1968, when he was 48. It’s fair to say that Sam Snead also deserves a special mention when it comes to his age. He won the championship three times and also finished in the top 10 on three other occasions… during his 60s.

Rory holds the record for biggest winning margin, as he won by eight shots in 2012.

One of the greatest shots wasn’t even by a victor… Sergio Garcia’s famous six iron from behind a tree, in 1999, when he came second to Tiger, remains one of golf’s and the PGA Championship’s iconic moments.

Tiger has claimed four PGA titles but his ferocious battle with YE Yang, at Hazeltine in 2009, may be the PGA he is remembered for most. His victories in 2007 and 2008 had made him the dominant force in the 2009 field, but South Korean Yang was not overawed on the final day as the two men went toe-to-toe in the final pairing. Tiger started the day two strokes in front but Yang eventually won by three shots, taking everything that Tiger Woods fired at him… and returning it with interest. Tiger Woods was out-Tigered, and it was the first time that Woods had failed to win a major when holding at least a share of the lead after 54 holes.

How to watch the 2017 PGA Championship
Thursday’s first round coverage (all times Eastern)
Television:

1 p.m. – 7 p.m. — TNT

Online streams:

8 a.m. – end of play — PGA Championship Stream

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Feature Groups and press conferences on the PGA Championship’s official app

Radio:

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

Friday’s second round coverage
Television:

1 p.m. – 7 p.m. — TNT

Online streams:

8 a.m. – end of play — PGA Championship Stream

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Feature Groups and press conferences on the PGA Championship’s official app

Radio:

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

Saturday’s third round coverage
Television:

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. — TNT

2 p.m. – 7 p.m. — CBS

Online streams:

8 a.m. – end of play — PGA Championship Stream

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Feature Groups and press conferences on the PGA Championship’s official app

Radio:

1 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

Sunday’s final round coverage
Television:

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. — TNT

2 p.m. – 7 p.m. — CBS

Online streams:

8 a.m. – end of play. — PGA Championship Stream

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Feature Groups and press conferences on the PGA Championship’s official app

Radio:

1 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

It is 1991, however, that still rises above all other victories, for this was when John Daly exploded into golfing folklore. Daly was the ninth and final alternate for Crooked Stick, in Indiana, and only found himself competing the night before the first round. Daly drove through the night to claim the spot — and the caddie — left by Nick Price. Daly’s monstrous driving helped him to the lead on day two and he never relinquished it. His 12-under-par total gave him a three-shot victory.

Quail Hollow, 2017

Charlotte, North Carolina, is the venue for this year’s Championship. Established in 1959, Quail Hollow was designed by George Cobb, who also created the par three course at Augusta National. Quail Hollow has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003, with Rory McIlroy winning in 2010 and 2015.

As a 20-year-old, McIlroy shot a new course record of 10 under par to become the youngest man to win on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods. His 62 on the final day included eight birdies and an eagle. He finished with six threes. It’s worth noting that with three holes to play on Friday, he was set to miss the cut until an eagle saw him squeak in for the weekend. It was his first win on the PGA Tour. In 2015, he beat his own course record with a 61 in the third round and, after a strong showing at this past weekend’s Bridgestone Invitational, he will be primed for his third victory at Quail Hollow… and his third PGA Championship.