TULSA, Okla. – The 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club begins Monday with practice rounds. The first round of the 104th edition of the event will begin on Thursday morning with the final round scheduled for Sunday.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the defending tournament champion, are both officially listed on the field, but it’s unclear if either will make it to the event.
This will be the fifth PGA championship in Southern Hills and the 14th major golf championship in Oklahoma State. The last two majors were on the senior circuit; Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship in 2007 for his 13th career major.
Southern Hills is considered one of the best designs by Perry Maxwell, a world renowned golf course architect who also created Dornick Hills in Ardmore and Twin Hills in Oklahoma City. Southern Hills was built during the Great Depression when a group of Tulsa citizens raised $140,000 for a new country club. Local oil baron Waite Phillips donated land south of the town centre.
Maxwell was known for creating golf courses that were as profitable as possible, using the contours of the land to shape the holes and guide the property. That’s what he did with Southern Hills. It opened in 1936 and quickly became the site of major golf tournaments.
Half a century later, the 2007 PGA Championship has come to town. Tiger Woods won the 13th of his 15 major championships, and since then Southern Hills has undergone significant change.
Although the course layout is similar, Gil Hanse’s 10-month, $11 million renovation changed the future of Southern Hills while returning it to its foundation.
There are tickets left for practice rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, ranging from $25 to $45 on the official PGA Championship website. There are a few tickets left for Thursday’s first round, priced at $195. Tickets for the Friday-Sunday rounds are sold out but can be purchased on the secondary market.
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Children 17 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each adult with a ticket will be entitled to four free entries to the junior courts per day. Children will be admitted regardless of a suit.
There are 155 players currently on the pitch. There’s one last spot available for AT&T winner Byron Nelson, if he’s not already there. The field includes 16 PGA Championship winners, 34 major champions, three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, four Ryder Cup captains as well as the top-20 finishers of the 2022 PGA Professional Championship.
For the 39th time and 32nd consecutive year, CBS will have live coverage of the PGA Championship. This year also marks the 32nd time Jim Nantz will call the action from the 18th hole tower. CBS will have 140 cameras and 150 microphones on the ground to capture the action.
There will also be live cable TV coverage on the CBS Sports Network. ESPN+ and Paramount+ will offer live streaming.
According to weather.com, temperatures will hover between the low 80s earlier in the week and drop into the low 80s as the weekend rolls around. The weather will be partly cloudy with winds varying between 10 and 20 MPH. There is little chance of rain.
The 2007 PGA, held in August of that year, holds the record for the hottest major championship, as temperatures hit 101, 99, 99 and 102 over the four days.
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