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Rickie Fowler contests his seventh PGA Championship and kicks off at 7:40 a.m. ET on Thursday (No. 10 tee) with four-time major winner Ernie Els and two-time major winner Zach Johnson.

The 27-year-old is 5-for-6 at the PGA with T3 in 2014 (Valhalla) his only top-25 finish. That T3 was his fourth top 5 in the the four majors that year, becoming the first player to accomplish that since Tiger Woods in 2005. In seven major starts since, he's missed three cuts and finished inside the top 30 only once, a T12 at last year's Masters. Fowler, who will be representing the USA in the Olympics in two weeks, arrives with just one top 10 (T10, WGC-Bridgestone) in his last six events. He missed the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open, and posted a T46 at The Open in his last start (69-72-76-73). The Oklahoma State product's season best (18 events) is a playoff loss at the WMPO back in February.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 8:29 PM

Jason Kokrak readies for his third PGA Championship and kicks off on Thursday at 7:20 a.m. ET with PGA club pro Josh Speight and Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg.

The 31-year-old is well-rested coming off a five-week break following a T29 at the QL National. That was his best finish since T6 at the RBC Heritage, where he was T2 thru 54 holes but backed up with 2-over 73. In-between, he missed three cuts and WD'd (unknown) during R2 at THE PLAYERS, 4-over thru 32 holes. The North Bay, Ontario, native is making his fifth major appearance, missing the cut at the 2013 and 2014 PGA's, MCing at the 2007 U.S. Open as an amateur, and cashing his first paycheck with T37 at this year's U.S. Open (71-70-74-74). He's 65th in FEC standings with a T2 at the NTO his only other top 10 in 22 starts.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 7:41 PM

India's Anirban Lahiri tees it up in his third straight PGA Championship and heads out on Thursday at 12:55 p.m. ET with England's Matthew Fitzpatrick and America's Tony Finau.

The 29-year-old is making his third appearance with a missed cut in 2014 (Valhalla) and a T5 last year at the par-72 Whistling Straits (70-67-70-68), his best finish in 10 overall major appearances. This year, he's posted T42 (Masters), CUT (US Open) and T68 at The Open two weeks ago. Lahiri owns 15 international victories, including at least one in each of the last five calendar years, but after graduating from the Web.com Tour in 2015, has made only one start outside the U.S. in 2016 (T2, Indian Open). The first-time PGA TOUR member -- though not a rookie -- is struggling stateside, with a T6 at Colonial his lone top 10 of the season in 20 starts, ranking 102nd in the FEC standings.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 7:05 PM

Kevin Streelman is at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, for the 98th PGA Championship and is the final group of the day off No. 10 tee on Thursday (2:15 p.m. ET) with PGA club pro Mitch Lowe and South Korea's Young-han Song.

The 37-year-old book-ended a nice run of T8 (Memorial), T13 (U.S. Open) and T12 (Quicken Loans) with missed cuts at the DEAN & DELUCA and last week at the Canadian Open (76-72). His season best in 21 events is 3rd at the CareerBuilder back in January, one of two top-10 finishes. The Duke alum is playing his sixth PGA with a T12 (2013) at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, New York, his lone top-50 finish. He ranks 63rd on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green, 157th in SG: Putting, 100th in driving distance (289.1) and 58th in FEC points.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 6:25 PM

Paul Casey makes final preparations for the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club and tees it up the first two rounds with American Justin Thomas and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

The 39-year-old bunched together three top 10s in four starts back in March/April, kicking off with T7 at Doral and ending with T4 at the Masters. They remain his only top 10s of the season in 16 events, ranking 82nd in the FedExCup standings. The Englishman arrives off a MC at the U.S. Open, T16 at WGC-Bridgestone, and MC at The Open. He has two top 25s at the PGA in 13 tries (2008, 2010), and was T59 in 2005 (70-74-72-72), the last edition at Baltusrol. Casey goes off No. 10 tee at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 5:42 PM

Daniel Summerhays prepares for his second PGA Championship and heads out in the second-to-last threesome off No. 10 tee on Thursday (2:05 p.m. ET) with Cameron Tringale and PGA club pro Rick Schuller.

The 32-year-old is making his second appearance after T33 in 2014 (Valhalla GC). It's his sixth overall start in a major championship and his third this season. The Utah native and resident played the U.S. Open and The Open, both as an alternate, and posted a career-best-major finish with T8 at Oakmont, where he was T4 after 54 holes. He went for T59 two weeks ago at Royal Troon. The T8 at the U.S. Open is Summerhays' only top 10 of the season in 22 starts, though he has nine top 25s, and enters the week off a missed cut at the Canadian Open (71-78).
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 5:27 PM

Brooks Koepka is battling through an ankle injury as he turns his attention toward Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course for this week's PGA Championship.

Koepka first suffered the ankle injury during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, forcing him to withdraw after 13 holes. After that, he backed out of The Open, and importantly included "After much consideration" in his statement announcing the WD. That hinted that his return was not too far away. Two weeks later, and the status of the ankle is still in doubt. Rex Hoggard of GolfChannel.com reported on him this week and Koepka was quoted saying, "It’s one of those things I can’t really drive off my right side." On top of that he also said, "Walking is what gets it really tired, but then on top of that there’s a little pain and swelling." Koepka is currently set to give it his all this week as it's a major championship and he's dropped to ninth on the Ryder Cup standings. Gamers should be well aware of the risk involved this week.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 5:00 PM

Vaughn Taylor is at Baltusrol Golf Club for his return to the PGA Championship and is paired the first two rounds with Robert Streb and Kevin Na, getting underway on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET off No. 1 tee.

Back in February, the now 40-year-old improbably won his third TOUR title in his 286th career pro start, claiming the AT&T Pebble Beach by one over 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson. He didn't get into the field until Monday (first alternate) and entered the week on Past Champion status. Taylor shot a final-round 65 to erase a six-shot deficit, ending a near 11-year winless drought (2005 Reno-Tahoe Open, now the Barracuda). The Augusta, Georgia, resident hasn't done much since, missing nine cuts and a best of T35 (Wells Fargo). He's making his sixth appearance in the PGA, first since 2010, and his only cash is T28 on debut in 2005, also at Baltusrol.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 4:56 PM

Past champ Rich Beem returns for his 15th PGA Championship and heads out on Thursday at 12:45 p.m. ET with Steve Stricker and 2001 champ David Toms.

Beem won the 2002 edition at Hazeltine National GC (site of this year's Ryder Cup), by one over Tiger Woods. The win, his only top-30 finish in 14 attempts, came in his second appearance, and is accompanied by a lifetime exemption into the championship. The 44-year-old hasn't teed it up in tournament golf anywhere since last year's PGA, where he missed the cut by eight. Since cashing a T36 in 2012 (Kiawah Island Resort), he's missed the last three cuts by a combined 20 shots.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM

Daniel Berger looks to give it a go at the 98th PGA Championship, returning from a recent shoulder injury.

The Florida State product hit one shot at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before calling it quits due to the shoulder injury and then withdrew from The Open Championship citing the same injury. Berger is still in this week's field at the moment, but gamers should keep a close eye on his status prior to his R1 tee time at 7:30 a.m. ET. Prior to the shoulder injury, Berger collected his first victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June and followed it up with a T37 at the U.S. Open. Berger brings a lot of upside this week but also brings a lot of risk with him to Baltusrol Golf Club. He missed the cut last year in his PGA Championship debut (Whistling Straits).
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 1:07 PM

Jon Curran heads home to the Northeast for his tournament debut at this week's PGA Championship.

The Hopkinton, Massachusetts, native will feel comfortable on the style of golf course in terms of climate and grass types that are often found in this region. However, the length of the course may be an issue. Despite being a par 70, Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course stretches out to 7,428 yards to put a premium on distance. Unfortunately, Curran ranks 196th on TOUR in driving distance and 97th in approaches from over 200 yards. The main asset for the Vandy product is his short game and it will need to be clicking on all cylinders this week as his makes his second career start in a major (MC, 2010 U.S. Open).
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 11:59 AM

John Daly takes his talents to Springfield, New Jersey, for the 98th PGA Championship.

Daly is fresh off a T54 at The Senior Open Championship last week, putting his record on the Champions Tour at 7-for-9, failing to crack the top 10. This week he heads to Baltusrol Golf Club where he already sports some history. In 1993 he finished T33 at the U.S. Open held here and returned for the 2005 PGA Championship to finish T74. His length and course experience will certainly help but if he's not cracking the top 10 on the Champions Tour then it's hard to imagine he finds a way into contention this week against a record-setting OWGR strength of field.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 11:52 AM

Padraig Harrington missed the cut the last time the PGA Championship was held at Baltusrol but has some decent form ahead of his second look at the New Jersey venue.

The Irishman shot 76-77 to crash out at halfway in 2005 but three years later won this event after a back-nine duel with Sergio Garcia at Oakland Hills Country Club. He was also T10 when defending at Hazeltine in 2009 but they remain his only top 10s in 16 starts at the year's final major. Harrington, who has missed his last three cuts in the PGA, heads back following a T36 in the Open Championship at Royal Troon. He was also T21 at Royal Troon prior to that and T30 in the Open de France so has sleeper pick potential here. He's been grouped with two other former winners of the Wanamaker trophy, John Daly and Vijay Singh. They set out at 07:50 Thursday from the 1st tee.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 7:45 AM

In a year for first-time major winners, Sergio Garcia will hope it's his turn at this week's PGA Championship.

The Spaniard is 0-72 in the majors, a stat that would have been hard to believe when, as a young buck, he gave Tiger the fright of his life at Medinah in 1999. As well as that second place finish 17 years ago, Sergio was runner-up to Padraig Harrington in 2008 and T3 back at Medinah in 2006. Overall he's 10-for-17 at the PGA although he hasn't cracked the top 10 in the last seven years. Baltusrol looks a good fit though and he has some excellent results on other A.W. Tillinghast tracks. He brings good form to the table too after back-to-back top fives in the last two majors. For his latest bid to win one of these, the 36-year-old will have the company of double major winners Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson over the first two rounds. That elite trio pegs it up from the 1st at 1:25pm ET Thursday.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 7:33 AM

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston became a hero on and off the course when T8 in the Open Championship at Royal Troon and continues his journey with a first start at the PGA Championship this week.

The gregarious Englishman with the distinctive beard deserves more than cult status as he can play some seriously good golf too. As well as that top 10 at the Open, he won the Open de Espana at former Ryder Cup venue Valderrama back in April and also posted T7 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. His accurate driving on tree-lined courses suggests he might shine again at Baltusrol and playing all four rounds in the U.S. Open at Oakmont (T54) was money in the bank too. 'Beef' will have the company of Sweden's Alex Noren and American Scott Piercy for the first two rounds. That trio starts from the 1st at 12:35 ET Thursday.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 27 - 7:17 AM



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