Why attend the 2018 PGA Championship?
This year's event sees the PGA Championship turn 100 as Bellerive hosts the competition for the second time. Bellerive last hosted the PGA Championship in 1992. The 2018 tournament will be the last time the PGA Championship is held in August. The tournament, currently the third major of the PGA calendar, will move to May from 2019 onward. The move will transform the tournament into the second major of the season.
Golf fans will not only get four great days of competitive play at this year's tournament, August 9th to the 12th, but they will get to experience one of America's top cities. St. Louis is the Gateway to the West, with centuries of history on display. In addition, St. Louis is known as one of the country's best sports towns. There won't be a shortage of golf fans and events centered around the PGA Championship during the week.
Visitors can see the PGA Championship practice rounds on August 6th through 8th. While many fans love to watch the four match days, the three practice rounds offer golf lovers the chance to get up close to PGA pros. Fewer people means fans won't have to fight with the crowds to see the best tee off. Practice rounds are also great for getting autographs or selfies with the players.
BELLERIVE COUNTRY CLUB
Opened in 1897, Bellerive has hosted three PGA major events in its 121-year history. The 1965 US Open was the first major to be played on the course. The event took place just five years after the course was moved to its current location on the western side of St. Louis. Bellerive had to wait nearly 30 years for the next PGA major tournament. The 1992 PGA Championship took place on the course, and since then, it has hosted three other PGA non-major events.
The par-71 course is renowned for being long, and should play to the strengths of golfers with long drives. The golfer who can navigate the course and outlast 155 other players will win a piece of $10 million purse.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Golfers at the PGA Championship in 2018 will compete for the Wanamaker Trophy. The idea for the tournament was created by department store owner Rodman Wanamaker. The idea behind the tournament was to see which professional player was the best of the best. While the Masters has the smallest field and the US Open is a combined amateur-professional golf tournament, the PGA Championship is solely for PGA pros. The original tournament format saw golfers participate in match play. However, in 1958 the tournament became stroke play, which continues to this day.
The PGA Championship has regularly thrown up surprises at the end of the golf season. The 2017 edition saw Justin Thomas walk away with the Wanamaker Trophy. It was Thomas' first ever major title victory. Thomas went on to win the PGA's FedEx Championship and the PGA Player of the Year award. Without his success at the PGA Championship, Thomas may not have claimed the other two trophies. This season could once again inspire a player to even more success.
Visitors to the 2018 PGA Championship will see the end of an era, as the tournament is played in August for the final time. It will be a great week of PGA play, and fans can experience one of the world's top golf events and the great city of St. Louis all at the same time.