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Quail Hollow 2017 PGA Championship - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page has TV schedule and predictions for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Organized by PGA of America, this is the final major of the season. The defending champion is Jimmy Walker. The 2017 PGA Championship is scheduled for August 10-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

First Round - Thursday, August 10
TV: TNT  (1 PM to 7 PM ET)
Live Stream: PGA.com (Marquee groups & Par-3 holes)

Second Round - Friday, August 11
TV: TNT (1 PM to 7 PM ET)
Live Stream: PGA.com (Marquee groups & Par-3 holes)

Third Round - Saturday, August 12
Live Stream: PGA.com | CBSSports.com
TV 1: TNT (11 AM to 2 PM ET)
TV 2: CBS (Start 2 PM ET)

Final Round - Sunday, August 13
Live Stream: PGA.com | CBSSports.com
TV 1: TNT (11 AM to 2 PM ET)
TV 2: CBS (Start 2 PM ET)

Trends

Eleven of the last twelve PGA Championship winners had at least one PGA Tour title prior to capturing this title; six of them were first-time major winners. Courses in southeastern United States have hosted the PGA Championship five times in the last 16 years, with the average winning score of 14 under par. The most recent championship in this area was 2014 at Valhalla Golf Club, where Rory McIlroy won with a score of 16 under par.

Top PGA Tour titlists (with no majors): Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed

Non-major winners this season on southeastern courses: Mackenzie Hughes (-17), Wesley Bryan (-13), Brian Harman (-10), Daniel Berger (-10), Kyle Stanley (-7), Xander Schauffele (-14), Bryson DeChambeau (-18)

 This year is a rare occasion where a regular PGA Tour stop is the venue for the PGA Championship. The Quail Hollow Club has hosted the well-regarded Wells Fargo Championship since 2003 (excluded 2017); notable winners include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. The Par 71 course is expected to play roughly 7600 yards, which puts it among the longest courses on tour this season. The fairways are tight but the rough is not too severe. By making the course longer (from Par 72 to Par 71), PGA of America has opted for length instead of rough to make the course tougher. Strong tee-to-green players have enjoyed success here. The three closing holes, collectively known as the Green Mile, are among the toughest holes on tour.

Top Performers at Quail Hollow: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, James Hahn, J.B. Holmes
Total Driving: Keegan Bradley, Kyle Stanley, Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia
Tee-to-Green: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Kyle Stanley

 The PGA Championship is played in the United States, but it has international flavors. The last nine editions have been won by players from six different countries and four continents.

Last five champions: Jimmy Walker, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley
Top non-champions (last 5 years): Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Branden Grace, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott

 Form

YTD: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood
Major champions: Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth
Top non-champions (last three majors): Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey

Aggregates

1. Rickie Fowler
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Jordan Spieth
4. Hideki Matsuyama
5. Brooks Koepka
6. Matt Kuchar
7. Keegan Bradley
8. Kyle Stanley
9. Dustin Johnson

Predictions

Winner: Rory McIlroy. Jordan Spieth may be the dominant player at the moment, but McIlroy will have "home" advantage at the season's final major. No player has enjoyed more success at Quail Hollow than McIlroy. The former world no. 1 player has won multiple times on this course, breaking the course record twice with rounds of 62 and 61. He also achieved a tournament record of 21 under par in 2015. But these are just parts of the equation. McIlroy's record at the PGA Championship is equally if not more impressive. In nine career starts, he won twice and had three other top-10 finishes. What we have here is a player who will be playing his most favorite tournament on a course he has dominated. The likely outcome would be an emphatic win or a very strong performance. Although constantly beset by injuries, McIlroy has two top-10 finishes at this year's majors.

Top 10 Finish: Brooks Koepka. The U.S. Open champion's game is made for the majors. Koepka drives the ball a long way with good accuracy. His iron game is strong and his putting is underrated. All the years playing on the European Tour allowed him to accustom to different conditions and course setups, and it is paying off. The rising American star is enjoying a superb year at the majors. He won the U.S. Open, contended at the Open and finished T11 at the Masters. I think he will be a regular contender at the majors for years to come. There is nothing about Quail Hollow that suggests he won't do well here.

Top 25 Finish: Hideki Matsuyama. The Japanese star disappointed fans (including the out-spoken Johnny Miller) with a poor final round to drop out of contention for the Open title. This was unexpected but not surprising. Matsuyama's unique swing does not lend itself well in windy conditions. He actually overperformed at Royal Birkdale. The Japanese's game is better suited for American-style courses like the Augusta National and Muirfield Village. Host venue Quail Hollow is a ball striking course, which plays right into his strength as a magnificent ball striker. Matsuyama has played this course several times with his best finish a T11 in 2016.

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