Among the many things I love about majors like the PGA Championship is the powerhouse pairings the tournament puts out for the first two days of the event.
The PGA starts Thursday and there are no shortages of what figures to be exciting threesomes. With the tournament taking place at Harding Park in San Francisco, the networks are ecstatic about being to show the tournament in primetime.
Put a marquee group in primetime on the East Coast and the ratings will soar. Expect plenty of that starting Thursday.
Here are some of what I feel are the top groups for the first two days. All times are PDT.
Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry
(Thursday, 8:11 a.m., Friday, 1:36 p.m.)
Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
(Thursday, 8:22 a.m., Friday, 1:47 p.m.)
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas
(Thursday, 8:33 a.m., Friday, 1:58 p.m.)
Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
(Thursday, 1:47 p.m., Friday, 8:22 a.m.)
Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia
(Thursday, 1:58 p.m., Friday, 8:33 a.m.)
Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson
(Thursday, 2:09 p.m., Friday, 8:44 a.m.)
The first thing that jumped out at me is that the Woods, McIlroy, Thomas group will be teeing off at almost 5 p.m. on the East Coast which will lead to prime exposure and I am guessing huge ratings.
Golf TV ratings have been very strong since the sport returned as it is seemingly immune to the poor ratings other sports have suffered.
By Dennis Miller