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2024 PGA Championship: Round 1 Tee Times & Pairings Explored

Published 05/15/2024, 10:10 AM EDT

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Golf’s second major is just around the corner. The Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville will host the 156-player field from May 16 to May 19. 2024 marks the fourth year that the course has hosted the PGA Championship, tied for second most in the history of the event, only behind Southern Hills.

With less than a day left before the commencement of the PGA Championship, the air around Kentucky is filled with excitement and nervousness. From the defending champion Brooks Koepka to World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, the field will witness some of the greatest golfers facing off against each other!

Brooks Koepka will be teeing off with Max Homa and Jordan Spieth

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The first round of the PGA Championship is scheduled to take place on Thursday. On the one hand, the 2-time winner Justin Thomas will be playing teeing off with 2024 Masters runner-up Ludvig Aberg and Xander Schauffele; the defending champion Brooks Koepka is to enter the round teeing off alongside Max Homa and Jordan Spieth, who is looking for only the Wannamaker to complete his Career Grandslam!

The first on the field this year for the official round will be last year’s PGA star Michael Block, who will tee off alongside Luke Donald and Shaun Micheel. At 7:16 a.m. ET, the trio will take to the course, with the rest of the pairings following every 11 minutes.

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TEE 1: (All times in ET)

  • 7:15 a.m. — Michael Block, Luke Donald, Shaun Micheel
  • 7:26 a.m. — Jeff Kellen, Alex Smalley, Ben Kohles
  • 7:37 a.m. — Ryan Fox, Josh Speight, Matt Wallace
  • 7:48 a.m. — Zac Oakley, Adam Svensson, Ryo Hisatsune
  • 7:59 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Martin Kaymer, Taylor Pendrith
  • 8:10 a.m. — Byeong Hun An, Alexander Bjork, Eric Cole
  • 8:21 a.m. — Adam Schenk, Corey Conners, Nick Dunlap
  • 8:32 a.m. — John Daly, Lee Hodges, Robert MacIntyre
  • 8:43 a.m. — Peter Malnati, Kurt Kitayama, Victor Perez
  • 8:54 a.m. — Benn Polland, Zac Blair, Ryan van Valezen
  • 9:05 a.m. — Jeremy Wells, Sami Valimaki, K.H. Lee
  • 9:16 a.m. — Jared Jones, Taylor Moore, Patrick Rodgers
  • 9:27 a.m. — Kyle Mendoza, Andy Ogletree, Erik van Rooyen
  • 12:45 p.m. — David Puig, Thirston Lawrence, Matt Dobyns
  • 12:56 p.m. — Tracy Phillips, Denny McCarthy, Keita Nakajima
  • 1:07 p.m. — Talor Gooch, Cameron Davis, Harris English
  • 1:18 p.m. — Jason Day, Shane Lowry, Nicolai Hojgaard
  • 1:29 p.m. — Min Woo Lee, Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel
  • 1:40 p.m. — Gary Woodland, Tom Kim, Joaquin Niemann
  • 1:51 p.m. — Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson, Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • 2:02 p.m. — Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Cameron Young
  • 2:13 p.m. — Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Scottie Scheffler
  • 2:24 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Camilo Villegas, Will Zalatoris
  • 2:35 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Sam Burns, Padraig Harrington
  • 2:46 p.m. — Brad Marek, Mark Hubbard, Maverick McNealy
  • 2:57 p.m. — Braden Shattuck, S.H. Kim, C.T. Pan

TEE 10: (All times in ET)

  • 7:20 a.m. — Doug Ghim, Tyler Collet, Adrian Meronk
  • 7:31 a.m. — Larkin Gross, Lucas Herbert, Grayson Murray
  • 7:42 a.m. — Lucas Glover, Stephan Jaeger, Russell Henley
  • 7:53 a.m. — Ludvig Åberg, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas
  • 8:04 a.m. — Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley
  • 8:15 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
  • 8:26 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Hideki Matsuyama, Viktor Hovland
  • 8:37 a.m. — Brooks Koepka, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth
  • 8:48 a.m. — Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Sahith Theegala
  • 8:59 a.m. — Akshay Bhatia, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 9:10 a.m. — Sepp Straka, Takumi Kanaya, Nick Taylor
  • 9:21 a.m. — Andy Svoboda, Ben Griffin, Dean Burmester
  • 9:32 a.m. — Preston Cole, Tim Widing, Adrian Otaegui
  • 12:40 p.m. — Rich Beem, Sebastian Soderberg, Kazuma Kobori
  • 12:51 p.m. — Josh Bevell, Aaron Rai, Jordan Smith
  • 1:02 p.m. — Andrew Putnam, Jesse Mueller, Charley Hoffman
  • 1:13 p.m. — Si Woo Kim, Tom Hoge, Alex Noren
  • 1:24 p.m. — Y.E. Yang, Matthieu Pavon, J.T. Poston
  • 1:35 p.m. — Jake Knapp, Jason Dufner, Francesco Molinari
  • 1:46 p.m. — Thomas Detry, Jimmy Walker, Rasmus Hojgaard
  • 1:57 p.m. — Austin Eckroat, Luke List, Mackenzie Hughes
  • 2:08 p.m. — Sungjae Im, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Beau Hossler
  • 2:19 p.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen, Brendon Todd, Keith Mitchell
  • 2:30 p.m. — John Somers, Brice Garnett, Jesper Svensson
  • 2:41 p.m. — Emiliano Grillo, Evan Bowser, Alejandro Tosti
  • 2:52 p.m. — Vincent Norrman, Wyatt Worthington II, Chris Gotterup

While the field consists of majority of the best golfers all around the world, in the end, there will just be one champion. And the likeliest to take home the Wanamaker trophy are as below:

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The top contenders for the 2024 PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler will finally be making a comeback from his paternity leave. The 2-time major winner will be taking the course as a father for the first time and also looking to grab his third consecutive win (and 5th in his last 6 starts). Even though he’s been away from the sport for a month, the World No. 1 has been practicing. Whether that’ll be enough, though, for him to grab his third career major and first Wanamaker, we’ll find out soon enough.

Another player to look out for is Rory McIlroy, who has picked up great form of late. Presently, not only does the Northern Irishman have the highest driving average on the PGA Tour, he’s also coming into the PGA Championship on a 2-win hot streak following the Zurich Classic and last week’s Wells Fargo Championship. Interestingly, the last time McIlroy won the Wanamaker in 2014, it was in similar circumstances. He headed to Valhalla on a two-win streak (after winning the Open Championship and the World Golf Championship) and then beat Phil Mickelson by a stroke to grab his third victory in a row! This year, will history repeat itself?

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Brooks Koepka, the defending champion, is another to keep an eye on the field. Having participated in all 7 events of the LIV Golf 2024, Koepka has enjoyed 3 Top-10 finishes including his win at the LIV Golf Singapore earlier this month. He also bagged the ninth position in Adelaide just the week before his victory. It certainly seems like the 5-time major winner has amped up his game just in time to defend his trophy at Valhalla.

With a talent-packed field, only one thing is certain this week: It’s anyone’s game. And in just hours the drama will unfold!

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Aheli Chakraborty

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Aheli Chakraborty is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature, Aheli has actively covered many big events in the sport, including The Masters. She specializes in covering up-and-coming athletes like Charlie Woods and Ludvig Aberg, and she is always looking to answer her readers' most-asked questions through her writing! Aheli is also a bodybuilding fanatic and has contributed many niche pieces for ES' fitness coverage.
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