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 tees off Thursday morning, and the final round is set for Sunday.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion, are both officially listed in the field but it’s unknown if either will play the event.
This will be the fifth PGA Championship at Southern Hills and the 14th major golf championship in the state of Oklahoma. 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 architect who also created Dornick Hills in Ardmore and Twin Hills in Oklahoma City. Southern Hills was constructed during the Great Depression when a group of citizens in Tulsa raised $140,000 for a new country club. Local oil baron Waite Phillips donated a tract of land south of downtown.
Maxwell was known for creating golf courses as cost effective as possible, using contours of the land to shape holes and guide the property. That’s what he did with Southern Hills. It opened in 1936 and quickly became a site for major golf tournaments.
Nos. 9 (left) and 18 greens at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Photo: Jason Lusk/Golfweek)
Half a century later, the 2007 PGA Championship came to town. Tiger Woods captured the 13th of his 15 major championships, and since, Southern Hills has gone through extensive changes.
Although the layout of the course is similar, Gil Hanse’s renovation, which took 10 months and cost $11 million, changed the future of Southern Hills while bringing it back to its foundation.
Tickets remain for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s practice rounds, ranging from $25 and $45 on the official PGA Championship website. Some Thursday first-round tickets remain, priced at $195. Tickets for Friday through Sunday’s rounds are sold out but can be purchased on the secondary market.
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Kids aged 17 years and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be permitted four junior grounds admissions per day for free. Kids will be admitted regardless of a sell-out.
There are 155 players currently in the field. There is one final spot available to the winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson, if he’s not already in. The field includes 16 PGA Championship winners, 34 major champions, three World Golf Hall of Fame Members, four Ryder Cup captains as well as the top-20 finishers from the 2022 PGA Professional Championship.
For the 39th time and the 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 grounds to capture the action.
There will also be live coverage on cable TV on the CBS Sports Network. ESPN+ and Paramount+ will offer live streaming.
Per weather.com, temperatures will range from the high 80s earlier into the week and drop to the low 80s as the weekend comes. It will be partly cloudy with winds ranging between 10 and 20 MPH. There is a low chance of rain.
The 2007 PGA, staged in August 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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