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2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow: Expert Fantasy Golf Advice

By Colin Kennedy - 4 years ago in PGA News

PGA Championship at Quail Hollow
Expert Fantasy Golf Advice

 

The 156-player field for the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. includes 97 of the top 100 world-ranked players according to the latest Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Seventy-three international players from 25 countries will tee it up this week. There are also 30 Major Champions in the field who have combined to capture 49 majors. Thirteen of those 30 major champions are PGA Champions, including each of the last eight winners. Twenty PGA Professions are again amongst the field, and they are representing 16 of the 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Our PGA fantasy golf experts are hard at work examining the field and are ready to continue to bring our members the best fantasy gold picks in the industry.

Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the 2017 PGA Championship, due to injury. Chris Kirk of Athens, Georgia, will assume his spot in the field.

Numerous players in the field either reside, were educated or were born in the state of North Carolina: Bill Haas (born in Charlotte, Wake Forest University alum), Mackenzie Hughes (resides in Charlotte), Jason Kokrak (resides in Charlotte), Davis Love III (born in Charlotte, University of North Carolina alum) William McGirt (born in Fairmont, N.C.), Grayson Murray (resides in Raleigh, N.C., Wake Forest University alum), and Webb Simpson (born in Raleigh, N.C., Wake Forest University alum, resides in Charlotte, is a member of Quail Hollow).

THEY’VE WON HERE BEFORE

There are eight players among the 99th PGA Championship field that posted victories here at Quail Hollow Club during the Wells Fargo Championship. Rory McIlroy leads the grouping, having won twice, in 2010 and ’15. McIlroy also shares the course record (61) at Quail Hollow, which he posted during the third round in 2015 (Jerry McGee carded a 61 in the first round of the 1979 Kemper Open played at Quail Hollow). McIlroy will join Jim Furyk (2006), Lucas Glover (2011), James Hahn (2016), J.B. Holmes (2014), Sean O’Hair (2009) and Vijay Singh (2005) in attempting to rekindle their winning ways this week at Quail Hollow.

KEY HOLES:

Hole 1: Par 4 – 524 Yards
Lengthened during the most recent course additions in the summer of 2016, the first hole is now, in essence, a combination of the former first and second holes. A long, left to right tee shot will place players atop an elevated landing zone and beyond the edge of the dogleg. From here, players will face a mid to long iron for their second to a small and undulating green protected by three large bunkers.

Hole 7: Par 5 – 546 Yards
This is the shortest par 5 on the course and most of the players will reach the green in two, making eagle opportunities a real possibility. It is a tight driving hole and tee shots must navigate bunkers on the left, plus a creek that runs down the entire right side. The sloped green is tucked behind water and surrounded by bunkers, making this hole a harder endeavor than it first appears.

Hole 10: Par 5 – 592 Yards
This is the longest and most arduous of the par 5s. For an eagle opportunity, players must overcome a bunker on the left with a 300-yard drive and then tackle a formidable second shot. It is likely that most players will lay-up short of the green for a short wedge shot that should keep the ball below the hole. The back-to-front and right-to-left sloping green will also call for a great deal of skill; if a player should miscalculate, they will be left with some tricky putts.

Known as “The Green Mile,” the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, will play a monstrous role in the outcome of the season’s final major. Comparatively speaking, the Green Mile is right up there with the three closing holes at TPC Sawgrass, Carnoustie and Muirfield Village as the most demanding in the game.

Hole 17: Par 3 – 223 Yards
The green on Quail Hollow’s Signature Hole is nearly an island, forcing a carry of nearly 195 yards but can play much shorter if one of the forward teeing grounds are used. With the variety of hole locations available on this green it can be a very dangerous hole and one where bogies or worse can outnumber the number of birdies made. In 2013 the tees on this hole were relocated to the site of the old 16th green.

Hole 18: Par 4 – 494 Yards
This is the last of a three-hole stretch dubbed “The Green Mile” and is consistently one of the toughest finishing holes in golf. On the tee shot, players must avoid a bunker on the right, as well as a creek that meanders along the entire left side of the narrow fairway. An uphill second shot must avoid hazards on both sides of the green, which is deep and sloped. If a player must birdie this hole to win the Championship, he will definitely have his hands full.

With an overall purse of more than $10 million on the line at Quail Hollow, this is sure to be a tightly contested tournament. Here’s a quick look at the latest odds for the top participants in the field, as well as a complete viewing guide.

PGA Championship 2017 Odds

Golfer Odds
Jordan Spieth 7/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 9/1
Rickie Fowler 16/1
Hideki Matsuyama 18/1
Jon Rahm 18/1
Jason Day 22/1
Brooks Koepka 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Sergio Garcia 28/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Justin Thomas 33/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Daniel Berger 50/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Tommy Fleetwood 50/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Patrick Reed 60/1

PGA Championship 2017 Viewing Guide

Date Live Coverage (Eastern) TV Network Live Stream
Thursday, Aug. 10 1p-7p TNT PGA.com / WatchTNT App
Friday, Aug. 11 1p -7p TNT PGA.com / WatchTNT App
Saturday, Aug. 12 11a-2p / 2p-7p TNT / CBS PGA.com / WatchTNT App
Sunday, Aug. 13 11a-2p / 2p-7p TNT / CBS PGA.com / WatchTNT App

 

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