Note: We are proud to welcome Holly Sonders to the OutKick content family. Holly will be writing about golf, beginning with this week’s PGA Championship.
Today I came home from work, removed my schoolgirl outfit and thigh highs, and decided to do a deep dive into the PGA Championship. If you can get that image out of your head, keep reading.
It will be the first time the PGA Championship returns to Kiawah Island since 2012 when Rory McIlroy last hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy. It’s been SEVEN YEARS since the Northern Irishman won his last major, and this fucker is definitely due for another. The Fan Duel Sportsbook currently has Rory listed as the favorite to pull it off this weekend at +1100.
But what about the rest of the field? The hottest player this past calendar year on tour has been the long bombing Bryson DeChambeau (+1900). But his stats will tell you he has a better chance of fitting his biceps into a smedium polo than finding fairways at the Ocean Course. Those things are mowed tighter than well, you know. I digress …
For me, I’m looking at those in Bryson’s first-round pairing on Thursday: Reigning PGA Champion Collin Morikawa (+3000) AND reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (+3300). Those two really get me going this week. Proven major champions and absolute machines when it comes to pressure situations.
But at 8,000 yards, Kiawah will be a beast this week. And it will take someone who can pipe it out there far enough to finesse his way to the green with a short iron instead of a hybrid. So don’t count Brooks Koepka (+4500) out of any setup like this. Ever. We may see something special from him this week.
And if Brooks pulls it off, I’ll bust out my assless chaps for a celebration Sunday. How many strokes will it take?