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PGA Championship at a glance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A brief look at the 96th PGA Championship, which starts today (all times EDT):

Site: Valhalla Golf Club.

Length: 7,458 yards

Par: 35-36–71

Field: 156 players (136 tour pros, 20 club pros)

Prize money: $10 million

Winner’s share: $1.8 million

Defending champion: Jason Dufner

Tracking Tiger: Three days after Tiger Woods withdrew from the final round at Firestone, he arrived at Valhalla and pronounced himself fit to play. Woods said his trainer adjusted a joint that was pinching a different nerve from the one that led to back surgery. He said he was pain-free.

The favorite: Rory McIlroy, coming off wins at the British Open and a World Golf Championship, was the overwhelming favorite.

The chaser: Rickie Fowler is the only player with top-5 finishes in every major this year – tie for fifth at the Masters and runner-up at the U.S. Open and British Open.

Key statistic: For the first time in 31 years, the first three majors were won by three players who already were major champions.

Noteworthy: Shaun Micheel is the only player in the last 15 years to make the PGA Championship his first victory of the season.

Quoteworthy: “Hit it well and make every putt.” – Tiger Woods on what it will take for him to win.

Key tee times: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington – 8:35 a.m. Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy – 1:45 p.m.

Television: Today, TNT, 1-7 p.m.


Jim Litke column: Woods should ‘Wait ’til next year’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A fan wearing a Chicago Cubs hat caught in the crush around the third tee at Valhalla Golf Club raised both hands above his head to show off an Illinois license plate. It read: “TIGR WDS.” For those who questioned the wisdom of Woods returning to practice yesterday, just three days after a bad back forced him …

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