Quick hits: Tuesday morning, PGA Championship

The 18th hole at Valhalla has played a major role in the outcome of previous stints as a major host.
The 18th hole at Valhalla has played a major role in the outcome of previous stints as a major host. ( PGA of America )

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Valhalla is a par-71, 7,458-yard beast of a course, and has seen plenty of drama in hosting a bevy of PGA of America events.

Here is a look at five major events during the last 18 years, including three that went overtime:

  • 1996: Mark Brooks spoiled Kenny Perry's homecoming, picking up birdies on No. 18 twice in the matter of 20 minutes – one forcing a playoff, the other winning the title.
  • 2000: The venue seems to bring out the drama, as Tiger Woods won his third major title of the year by outlasting Bob May in a three-hole, aggregate-score playoff.
  • 2004: Hale Irwin wins his fourth Senior PGA Championship title, picking up a wire-to-wire victory. Sam Snead is the only other player to win the Senior PGA three or more times.
  • 2008: In the PGA's premier event, the Ryder Cup, the U.S. captures the title behind six rookies, 16-11.
  • 2011: Tom Watson becomes the oldest player to win a major on the Champions Tour by outlasting David Eger in a playoff, ending a 10-year drought in senior majors.

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To the champion go the spoils

Winning a title at the PGA Championship comes with plenty of perks, including a $1.8 million paycheck for the victory.

Here's a look at a few more:

  • Lifetime exemption into the PGA Championship
  • 5-year exemption into the remaining three majors (Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship)
  • Slot in the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
  • 5-year exemption on the PGA Tour
  • A replica Wanamaker Trophy with name inscribed

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By the numbers

The PGA of America sent out a few interesting tidbits you can use to impress your buddies:

  • 7: Courses that have hosted the PGA Championship at least three times, including Valhalla.
  • 9: Members of 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team that will be determined after the PGA Championship.
  • 14: International players who have won the Championship – Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is the most recent, in 2012.
  • 50: Years since Louisville native Bobby Nichols won the PGA Championship at Columbus (Ohio) Country Club.
  • 71.09: Lowest Championship scoring average, with a minimum of 75 rounds – held by 2005 PGA Champion Phil Mickelson.

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What's on tap today

There will be plenty of action in the media room despite Tiger Woods' absence.

Woods had been scheduled to be the first press conference of the day Tuesday, but that was canceled as he determines whether he can tee it up this week.

As for the rest of the schedule (which we'll have items on each), here's a look:

  • 10:45 a.m.: Rory McIlroy
  • Noon: Adam Scott
  • 12:30 p.m.: Martin Kaymer
  • 1:30 p.m.: Phil Mickelson
  • 2 p.m.: Bubba Watson
  • 2:30 p.m.: Kenny Perry
  • 4 p.m.: J.B. Holmes
  • 4:30 p.m.: Michael Block (2014 PGA Professional National champion)

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TV coverage this week

While we want you to tune into our live (and entertaining) blog Thursday through Sunday, here's where you can also catch the action on TV this week:

  • THURSDAY: TNT (live coverage), 1-7 p.m.; CBS (highlight show), 12:37-1:07 a.m.
  • FRIDAY: TNT (live coverage), 1-7 p.m.; CBS (highlight show), 12:37-1:07 a.m.
  • SATURDAY: TNT (live coverage), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; CBS (live coverage), 2-7 p.m.
  • SUNDAY: TNT (live coverage), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; CBS (live coverage), 2-7 p.m.