Fore! Watch out, the PGA Championship is coming at you. Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, New Jersey will be the 2016 location for the major tournament. Keep reading for 5 other important things you need to know before the pros tee off on July 28!
Due to the summer Olympics, the 2016 U.S. PGA will be held early, prior to it’s traditional start in August. It is the last major of the year and perhaps the most exciting too! This tournament is often the most grueling and challenging of any tournament. Here are 5 other things to know about this difficult four days of professional golf.
1. The 2016 course is a par 70.
That means the tournament officials have deemed only 70 golf strokes necessary to complete the 18 hole course. This is unlike most major golf courses, which are par 72. But at 7,462 yards, the U.S. PGA course at Baltusrol is longer than 72 par Augusta and plays equally difficult, if not more so.
2. There are $10 million reasons to play.
The 2015 winner of this tournament, Jason Day, 28, brought home a killer looking trophy and a cash prize of 1.8 million bucks. Wow, that’s a lot of scratch! The 2016 winner can expect an equal amount while the other top runner-ups will split what is remaining of the $10 million purse.
3. Baltusrol is no stranger to hosting.
The location for the 2016 U.S. PGA in New Jersey, has hosted 9 other major tournaments and also hosted this contest once before in 2005.
4. Winning has it’s privileges.
If you get your name on the trophy by shooting the lowest score after 4 rounds, you are declared the winner and are automatically invited to play in every other major (Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship) for the next five years. You also never need to worry about qualifying for this tournament. You are automatically welcome for your lifetime.
5. It’s an east coast thing.
Like the 2016 location, the tournament is traditionally held on the eastern side of the United States. Ten times the play has been held on the west coast. The last time it was held on the Pacific was in 1998 in Seattle, Washington. The 2020 U.S. PGA will return to the west when it is held in San Francisco, California.
HollywoodLifers, who will you be rooting for during the U.S. PGA? Do you think Jason can repeat as champion or would you like to see someone else win for a change?