Tiger Woods the star, Phil Mickelson the great absent. And again: Scottie Scheffler to defend world leadership, Jon Rahm to return to the throne. Then Francesco Molinari, recovering and looking for a great result, and Jordan Spieth aiming to complete the Grand Slam.
In Tulsa (United States), Oklahoma, everything is ready for the 104th edition of the PGA Championship, the second men's Major of 2022 scheduled for May 19-22. Fifteen years after the last time, the competition returns to be played on the Southern Hills Country Club course, where Woods in 2007 (shortly after the birth of his daughter Sam) won the tournament for the fourth time.
And the American phenomenon will be the most anticipated man of the event. After returning to the field last April at The Masters, "The Big Cat" returns to the green with the dream of setting the pokerissimo of successes and emulating what was done in the past by the two record holders of the competition: Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus.
Tiger Woods, Pga
"I can win, I just have to go out on the pitch and prove it", the declarations, a few hours before the start of the competition, of Woods who showed concentration and clear ideas. "Compared to April I feel better and are growing", underlined the phenomenon of the green.
Three years after the last time, Chicco Molinari is back among the protagonists of the PGA Championship. Second in 2017, sixth in 2018, he will be the only blue in the race. The Turin-born, who hasn't won a tournament since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour), showed signs of recovery at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which ended last week in Texas in 17th place (his second best result of 2022 ).
156 protagonists will compete for title and trophy (the Wanamaker Trophy), among these all the best 19 in the world. The audience of big occasions is expected at the Southern Hills Country Club which, in January 2021, replaced the Trump National Bedminster owned by the former president of the United States as the venue for the 2022 PGA Championship. With the PGA of America that dumped Donald Trump after the events concerning the assault on the US Congress.