PGA Championship back at Oak Hill
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The best golfers in the world are just a short drive from the Mohawk Valley this weekend at Oak Hill Country Club, site of the PGA Championship, golf's final major of the year. Among the competitors this weekend are the top two golfers in the world: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
"I like it," said Tiger during his press conference Tuesday. "I liked it when I played here in '03. I think it's a fantastic golf course. It's tough. It's right in front of you. Really no surprises out there, You just have to play well. This is one of those courses where you've just got to bring it ball-striking wise. You've got to hit the ball well."
Woods is a four time champion, winning back to back Wanamaker Trophies in 1999 and 2000, as well as in 2006 and 2007. He's on a roll, having won the Bridgestone Invitational convincingly last weekend.
Shaun Micheel won it in 2003, the last time Oak Hill hosted a PGA event. "First time I've played the course since I won," said Micheel. "I was back one other time, for an outing. Lot of memories, great memories. Lot of history between 2013 and 2003, but it's definitely a place I love coming back to."
Mickelson last won in 2005 and won the last major of the season, the British Open. " I think the identity of the PGA Championship changes quite often," Mickelson said Tuesday. "Sometimes we get modern golf courses like Valhallaw or Whitsling Straits, where you can shoot really low. Sometimes we play classic courses like Oak Hill, where it's more like a US Open setup, but without the control of par, trying to make par in the winning score all the time."
After a few practice days, the real action begins Thursday with the First Round and will continue all throughout the weekend with the championship set for Sunday.