The wild ride that has been the 2015 PGA Tour is slowly coming to an end, as the top golfers prepare for the final men’s Major of the year – the PGA Championship. Jordan Spieth chases history when the men hit the green on August 13 at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Spieth already has two Majors in the bag (four wins overall) and could become the first golfer ever to win three Majors in a calendar year.
The hype and expectations are a lot for the 22-year-old Spieth to take in as he approaches history, but it’s even more difficult when you factor in his competition. Tiger Woods has slowly been piecing his game back together, Rory McIlroy is set up for a huge return from an ankle injury, and the field boasts plenty of solid competition to give Spieth a run for his money. All of the drama surrounding the year’s final Major somehow doesn’t over-inflate PGA Championship tickets, luckily, as fans can take all of the action in live for just $100 on average on Thursday, while the final day (Sunday) is just $92.73.
With ticket prices relatively on the cheap side, considering the golf history that will be at stake, out-of-town fans might want to take advantage of those great prices, and can do so thanks to cheap Milwaukee flights from Hipmunk.com that will have them within an hour’s drive from the course. Hipmunk also sports affordable Milwaukee hotel listings starting from just $52 so true golf fans can turn it into a destination vacation, with Spieth seeking to enter the record books.
It will surely be a treat come Thursday, as the 2015 PGA Championship should live up to the hype, regardless of the outcome. If Spieth turns in an elite performance and wins his third Major of the year, fans will be witnessing greatness and potentially the passing of the torch from McIlroy to Spieth. On the other hand, McIlroy could make a dramatic return and snag the title from Spieth, or we could see someone like Woods or Phil Mickelson rise from the ashes and get their first victory of the 2015 season.
While Spieth and McIlroy will probably dominate the storylines, they face even more competition in this year’s PGA Championship. Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose are just a handful of top-shelf names that could make some noise at Whistling Straits. Watson has picked up steam recently with two second-place finishes in a row, has two wins on the year, and even has some notable history at this very course (2010 playoff). The same goes for Dustin Johnson, as this is the setting for one of his worst moments as a pro, while his hot 2015 run has rivaled Spieth’s. A potential win at the PGA Championship would help him exorcise some demons and would only be fitting. Day, Fowler and Rose all have arguments backing them, too, and we’re not even touching on other sleepers like Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.
The beauty of the 2015 PGA Championship is that it seems to be wide open. Now completely stacked with all of the best talent in the world (thanks to a healthy McIlroy and a potentially surging Woods), fans are due to get major bang for their buck through all four days of the tournament. If Spieth can make history and fend off the field in the process, all the better for golf fans who take in the action live this weekend.