While it feels like Francesco Molinari's final putt just dropped at Carnoustie, it's already time to get ready for the next major, the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. For the last time this year the PGA will be the season's final major, as it moves to May on the schedule beginning in 2019 at Bethpage Black.
Justin Thomas, the defending champion, looks to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Tiger Woods, who won his third PGA at Medinah in 2006 and his fourth at Southern Hills in 2007. Before that, Woods also accomplished the feat in 1999, also at Medinah, and in 2000 at Valhalla, where he famously ran after his birdie putt on the opening playoff hole. If Thomas wins at Bellerive, he'll join Woods, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Leo Diegel and Denny Shute as the only players to successfully defend their PGA title. It would also make him the 19th multiple-time winner in the event's history.
Speaking of Woods, he makes his return to the PGA Championship field for the first time since 2015. It may be the fourth major, but it's shaping up to be a must-see affair in Missouri.