Here we are at the 91st PGA Championship, often called ‘Glory’s Last Shot’, for it is the last of the four Majors in the season. I must confess after the last few weeks, I have been looking forward to this more than ever.
I have always been partial towards the Majors - but then which golfer is not! This time I have more than one reason. One, I was not at my fittest at the US Open. After missing the cut at Bethpage, I made a conscious decision that I would never tee up at a Major unless fit. That difficult decision saw me pulling out of the British Open.
I arrived at Turnberry and even played a few holes, but then realised that my affected side muscle was still hurting me.
The PGA in particular has good memories for me. Last year, I thought I had a chance before ending ninth. And I am keen on improving it.
Last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, I played good golf, but a couple of bad holes let me down. Hopefully, the one-week of golf, after sitting out for three weeks to recover from my side muscle injury, will set me up for this week.
A decent outing will also help me in making a bid for a berth on Greg Norman’s President’s Cup team. I think I am 11th on the list and the top-10 will qualify automatically.
Hazeltine has been a venue for many Majors. It is one of the longest courses in use for a Major and three of the par-fives go over 600 yards. Yet with no rain for sometime, the roll could help even those who don’t hit as long.
Tiger Woods, who has not won a Major this season, will also be looking forward to rectifying the record. He was sixth at both Augusta and US Open and then missed the cut at Turnberry.
All in all, another good Major is in the offing.