Here we are in the beginning of August and on the brink of our first major of the year. That I’m saying this at this time of the year is an indication of just how unusual 2020 has been. Though the PGA Championship is traditionally the major you least look forward to, it’s probably true to say that because of the sheer length of time it’s taken us to get here, the anticipation for the 2020 instalment will trump that of most years. The armchair fans are ready for TPC Harding Park.
So, what awaits the players in San Francisco? Usually a 7169-yard par 72, Harding Park has been lengthened to 7234 yards in preparation for the arrival of the world’s best. It has also been reduced to a par 70 with holes 9 and 12 reduced from par 5s to par 4s. Cypress tree-lined fairways that have been reduced by significantly in width and if is to be believed, some rather punishing rough awaits those who miss the short grass. Though it’s not an overly long course at 7234 yards, there are 7 par 4s at over 460 yards, which may prove more challenging for the shorter hitters. This has proven to be rather pertinent in events staged at the course.