The PGA Championship 2009 is now under way at Hazeltine Golf Club. With the PGA Championship 2009 this week, golf will complete its 2009 major schedule. Will the PGA Championship 2009 be Tiger Woods’ first post-knee injury major triumph, or will it be Woods’ last failure to win one this year? And if the PGA Championship 2009 doesn’t go to Woods, which unknown player or old favorite will triumph instead? These PGA Championship questions will start to get answered today.
The PGA Championship 2009 spotlight is naturally on Tiger Woods. But today’s first PGA Championship round is especially important for Woods, considering his poor starts in each of the first three majors. Woods recovered from an early hole to win tournaments in the last two weeks, yet still hasn’t done that at a major championship.
In the early going of the PGA Championship 2009, Woods has already gotten off to the quick start he needed. As of noon eastern, Woods is -2 under through the first eight holes, just one shot behind several unknown leaders.
Though the attention is on Woods, Padraig Harrington comes into the PGA Championship 2009 as the defending champion. After winning last year’s PGA Championship, Harrington was struggling badly until last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, despite the unpleasant finish. Today, Harrington is also getting off to a quick start, joining Woods at -2 under through eight holes.
Many players have still yet to tee off at the PGA Championship 2009. The year’s previous major champions, Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink start their rounds together at 2:35 p.m. Phil Mickelson follows at 2:45, in his first major since his leave of absence this summer.
Weather conditions are friendly at Hazeltine thus far, a nice contrast from the downpours at the U.S. Open and the wind at the British Open. For the PGA Championship 2009, the schedule may go on completely as planned.
The PGA Championship is better known as the last major of the year more than anything else, as the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open have greater traditions. But the PGA Championship often has more thrilling finishes than the other majors, and usually has the biggest surprises.
The PGA Championship 2009 has a hard act to follow this year, after the Masters’ playoff, the U.S. Open’s wild weekend, and the British Open’s unforgettable run by Tom Watson. The best way to top all that, of course, is to have Tiger, Phil and other big names be in the running on Sunday.
Yahoo Sports- “2009 PGA Championship – Golf Leaderboard” sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/leaderboard/2009/33;_ylt=AsT10QwstWA96HOrQP4a8v7ZzYd4
Sporting News- “The 2009 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods and Everybody Else” www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/29657/the_2009_pga_championship_tiger_woods_and_everybody_else_