Three guys — Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson — have won the last four major titles. It makes sense, then, that those three guys should play together in the first two days of the 2015 PGA Championship. They start their 36-hole trek around Whistling Straits together at 1:20 p.m. from the No. 1 tee on Thursday afternoon.
There are some other brilliant groups for the first two days, including past champions and up-and-coming stars.
Here’s a look at four other groups to watch over the first two days at the 2015 PGA Championship:
The ‘Will You Win It Already?!’ Group — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler (8:05 a.m. Central, No. 10 tee on Thursday) — These are three guys who have been mighty close to winning in majors and it’s about time one of them breaks through. Maybe the PGA of America is hoping to get these guys to inspire each other to a great weekend position.
The ‘Yup, These Guys Won a PGA’ Group — Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel, Y.E. Yang (12:30 p.m. Central, No. 10 tee on Thursday) — The 2002, 2003 and 2009 champions are grouped together, likely to remind people of the improbable way each won their Wanamaker trophy. But, hey, they still have one more major than you, right?
The Former PGA Champions Group No. 2 (of 4) — Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley (8:15 a.m. Central, No. 10 tee on Thursday): We couldn’t come up with a good connection for this group other than that they’re all former PGA winners. None of them will win this time around. The other past champions groups are: Vijay Singh, David Toms and Mark Brooks, as well Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington.
The ‘You Should Watch These Guys’ Group — Tony Finau, Branden Grace, Danny Lee (8:15 a.m. Central, No. 1 tee on Thursday): Golf fans know Branden Grace from letting the U.S. Open slip away with that disastrous tee shot on the 16th at Chambers Bay in the final round, but he’s a very good player capable of winning a major. So, too, is rookie Tony Finau, who is lighting up the Tour. And Danny Lee, who won at Greenbrier, seems to be figuring out this whole PGA Tour thing.