GolfWRX is live this week from the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. The course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, will play as a par-71 measuring 7,458 yards for the championship. Most recently, Valhalla hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup, which was the last time the United States squad won the event, and its only win of the century.
Valhalla also hosted the 2000 PGA Championship, where Tiger Woods defeated Bob May in a legendary 3-hole playoff , which is remembered as one of golf’s great golf duels. The iconic image of the tournament, and one of the most memorable of Woods’ career, was when he confidently charged toward his 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, pointing at the ball as it crept in.
It’s been 14 years since the epic showdown, and neither player may be in the field this week. May has since lost his PGA Tour card, mostly due to back surgery in 2003 that caused him to lose feeling in his toes and stay mostly confined to a bed for nearly 3 years. He has since turned to teaching the sport, according to reports. Woods, who withdrew from last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after re-injuring his own surgically repaired back, is uncertain as of Monday if he will play in 2014’s final major championship.
The field this week will be expectedly strong, including Rory McIlroy, newly ranked No. 1 according to the Official World Golf Rankings, who will attempt to win his second major of the year, fourth of his career. Also in the field is Adam Scott (No. 2 in the OWGR), Sergio Garcia (No. 3), Henrik Stenson (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and 2014 Masters Champion Bubba Watson (No. 7).
Check out our photos from the 2014 PGA Championship below.
2014 PGA Championship: Mon. Pt. 1
2014 PGA Championship: Mon. Pt. 2
2014 PGA Championship: Mon. Pt. 3
2014 PGA Championship: Mon. Pt. 4
2014 PGA Championship: Mon. Pt. 5
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