The 2018 PGA Championship

It’s PGA Championship week and Bellerive Country Club located in St. Louis, Missouri is set to host this year’s fourth major. Bellerive, a par 72 Robert Trent Jones design, will be playing 7,547 yards. Significant rains and a hot, humid forecast has led the PGA of America rules committee to decide to keep the greens a bit slower for this weekend’s PGA Championship.

13 players from Asia are competing to capture the 100th PGA Championship title, one of which is the only player from Asia to have ever won the PGA Championship, Y.E. Yang (Korea). Yang won the PGA Championship in 2009 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota after taking down Tiger Woods in a come from behind fashion.

Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) is in the mix and his track record is painted with Top-5 finishes including a commendable 3-win season in 2017. With two top-5 finishes in 2018 including a T4 finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Matsuyama is sure to make a push this weekend. Another player with a chance to make a weekend push from Asia is Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand). Aphibarnrat has been under the spotlight his entire 2018 season. With two top-10 finishes in 2018 and 10 professional wins under his belt, it seems like it is just a matter of time until he breaks through and wins a major championship.

This year’s PGA Championship is a year of what-ifs. What if Tiger Woods comes back to win his 15th major, a major win that many golf fans around the world are dying to see. What if Justin Thomas goes back to back on winning the PGA Championship and becomes only the second player to do so in the stroke-play era(the only person to have done it is Tiger). What if a player from China, Japan, Thailand, or India wins the first-ever men’s major championship for their country? Tune in this weekend to find out…