|Justin Thomas at the 2017 PGA Championship|
The youngest generation of pro golfers on the PGA Tour are in their 20’s, and 2017 is serving as their coming out party. When veteran player Sergio Garcia won the Masters, there was little indication that the remaining three major tournaments would be won by these younger pros. Brooks Koepka (age 27) won the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth (age 24) won the British Open and now Justin Thomas (age 24) wins the PGA Championship. The Quail Hollow golf course in downtown Charlotte proved to be a tough test for the best players in professional golf, as they competed for Glory’s Last Shot, at the 99th PGA Championship.
|The three 2017 Major tournament winners;|
A PGA Championship traditional pairing
It was Sunday afternoon during the final major of the season when 24-year old Justin Thomas showed his grit. He made a couple of dramatic birdies on Hole 13 and Hole 17 to take a two-stroke lead, allowing Thomas to clinch his first major golf tournament victory. He claimed the trophy for his family, since both his grandfather and father had been PGA golf pros. Despite winning three other golf tournaments in his short career, this win helps him keep pace with friend Jordan Spieth as the young guns race to collect major championship hardware.
|Bubba Watson blasts from a bunker at Quail Hollow|
Quail Hollow underwent major renovations in 2016 ahead of hosting it’s first major event, closing the course for 89-days to install 43-acres of sod and to move and rearrange 200,000-pounds of earth. Many of the PGA Tour pros remarked at the PGA Championship how the course was nothing like the classic course that they remembered, including changing the surface of all 18 greens from bentgrass to bermudagrass. Quail Hollow will return to hosting the Wells Fargo tourney in the future, and Quail Hollow will also host the President’s Cup in 2021. The to Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the PGA Championship in 2021, and the event dates are moving to Springtime, meaning cooler temps and better breezes off the ocean.
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To view blog entries from the PGA Championship at Kiawah's Ocean Course click 2012.
|Russell Henley represents|
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
To view past blog entries from the Champions Tour click 2014 Top of the Rock - 2013 Savannah
|2017 PGA Championship Logo on camo hat|