PGA Championship 2019: An air of anticipation tournament gets under way

Written By Peter Thompson
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There was an air of anticipation as the PGA Championship got under way on Thursday with Tiger Woods and defending champion Brooks Koepka preparing to tee off at 8:24 a.m. local time in Farmingdale, New York.

Rob Labritz, Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun were the first group to begin play on the front nine at Bethpage Black on Thursday.

Ben Cook, Scott Piercy and Brian Gay started the second major of the year at the same time on the back nine on Long Island.

The crowds will be hoping Woods pulls off a repeat of his sensational Masters triumph last month, while Koepka is also well expected to mount another challenge.

The 2019 tournament marks the first time the PGA will be played as the year's second major, moving on the golf calendar from its usuall spot in August up to May, ahead of the U.S. Open and British Open.

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