August 17- August 20 2006.
Medina Country Club, Medina Illinois.
The final major of the year on the PGA Tour takes place at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago and has a purse of $6.5 million. Phil Mickelson, likely the sportsbook second choice after Tiger Woods this year, is the defending champion. Mickelson shot a 4-under 276 last year to edge Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn by one shot. Woods, who will be the choice of most golf bettors to win this tournament coming off his British Open performance, finished two shots back last year at Baltusrol. This win propelled Mickelson on a hot streak, with Lefty winning the Masters this season before fading at the U.S. Open and the British Open. A good long-shot option for golf bettors this year is Davis Love III, who always seems to play well at the PGA and last year again was in the hunt, tying with Woods for fourth place.
PGA Championship breakdown (updated thru August 3)
• Is one of the four Major Championships in men’s golf, and it is the golf season’s final major.
• This Championship is often called “The Season’s Final Major: Glory’s Last Shot!”
• PGA champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (The Masters, US Open and The Open Championship) for the next 5 years.
• Past winners: 2005 Phil Mickelson, 2004 Vijay Singh, 2003 Shaun Micheel.