Last year: Brooks Koepka joined Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship in stroke play. He nearly set a record for losing the largest 54-hole lead in major championship history. Koepka set the 36-hole record for all majors at 128, and he took a seven-shot lead into final round at Bethpage Black. Four straight bogeys on the back nine cut his lead to one, but he held on for a 4-over 74 and a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson.
Glory’s First Shot: This is the first time since 1971 the PGA Championship was the first major of the year. It was held in February in 1971 because it was played in Florida. It has moved from May to August this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three-peat: Brooks Koepka will try to become the first player to win the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play. Walter Hagen won four in a row from 1924-27 when it was match play.
Tiger Tales: Tiger Woods has played only 21 rounds on the PGA Tour since competing in his last major a year ago at Royal Portrush.
Quiet, please: No spectators will be allowed for the first time at a major.
Grand Slam: Jordan Spieth gets his fourth attempt at winning the PGA Championship to become the sixth player with the career Grand Slam. He has not won since picking up the third leg at the British Open three years ago.
Harding Park history: Golden Gate Championship (1959), Lucky International (1961-1966 and 1968), San Francisco Open (1944, 1945, 1969), Eureka Federal PGA Seniors (1981), WGC-American Express (2005), WGC-Cadillac Match Play (2015), Presidents Cup (2009), Charles Schwab Cup Championship (2010-2012).
Key statistic: The two PGA Tour-sanctioned events at Harding Park were won by the No. 1 player in the world. Tiger Woods won the American Express Championship and Rory McIlroy won the Cadillac Match Play.
Noteworthy: Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott are the only players in the field who played in both World Golf Championships and the Presidents Cup at Harding Park.
Quoteworthy: “The fact we haven’t played one in that long is weirder than the fact we’re almost in the (FedEx Cup) playoffs and we’re about to play our first major.” — Justin Thomas, on going more than a year without playing a major.