One of the most challenging courses in the United States plays host to the final major championship of the year as the world’s top golfers contend for the famous Wanamaker Trophy at the picturesque Kiawah Island resort.
Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage from South Carolina of the 2012 PGA Championship, as Keegan Bradley returns to defend his PGA title, and will be one of many golfers aiming not only for another career-defining triumph but also to pick up qualification points for the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Bradley took the biggest honour of his career in 2011. The 26-year-old dispatched Jason Dufner by a single shot in a three-hole play-off to upset the odds.
He was the first American to win a major competition since Phil Mickelson captured the 2010 Masters in a victory that was one of several big stories in a thrilling competition.
Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy was forced to play the majority of his opening round with one hand.
The Northern Irishman injured his wrist with an awkward shot at the start of day one but was still able to finish even par. However, he wouldn’t go on to threaten the leaders.
Elsewhere, 14-time major champion Tiger Woods double-bogeyed five holes in a tournament for the first time in his professional career. Steve Stricker made the headlines for the right reasons, though, setting a major-tournament record by the hitting the first ever 63-stroke round.
This year promises a host of contenders for the much sought-after prize.
World number one Luke Donald picked up the BMW PGA Championship back in May and will be eager to eradicate the memories of his poor showing at this year’s US Open.
If he were to win this event, Donald would become the first Englishman to lift the title in almost a century.
Lee Westwood is another English golfer looking for a maiden major honour, while Northern Ireland’s McIlroy should never be discounted.
Away from Britain’s contenders, Woods has shown signs of his former brilliance after picking up three titles in his first 12 tour events this year.
In addition to Woods, Dufner will be looking to go one step further this time around and bag his first major.
Whoever triumphs, it won’t be an easy ride. Kiawah Island’s often windy conditions led to it being named the toughest golf course in America in 2010 by Golf Digest..
Sky Sports is the only place to follow the 2012 US PGA Championship. Full details below:
Sky Sports will have comprehensive coverage of all four days of the 2012 PGA Championship from Kiawah Island, with more than 30 hours of live coverage in crystal-clear high definition.
The live action begins on Thursday, August 9 on Sky Sports 1 at 6pm and at the same time on Friday as the battle to beat the cut hots up.
Coverage begins two hours earlier on ‘moving day’, at 4pm on Saturday, before you can see how the tournament is won from 4pm on Sunday, with coverage starting on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm.
David Livingstone presents Sky Sports’ live on-site coverage from Kiawah Island, with the commentary team led by Ewen Murray, Bruce Critchley and Mark Roe, with further expert analysis from Butch Harmon and Colin Montgomerie.
On-course reports and interviews throughout the tournament will come from Howard Clark and Tim Barter.
Viewers can also get all the breaking news, live scores, course guide and additional information about the tournament via Sky’s dedicated US PGA Championship microsite – CLICK HERE
Follow @SkySportsGolf on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the course.
CLICK HERE for Kiawah Island hole-by-hole guide
Wednesday 8th August PGA Championship 2011 – Official Film – 10pm-11pm – Sky Sports 1 Thursday 9th August Day 1 LIVE – 6pm-12am – Sky Sports 1 Friday 10th August Day 1 Highlights – 9.30am-12.30pm – Sky Sports 1 Day 2 LIVE – 6pm-12am – Sky Sports 1 Saturday 11th August Day 2 Highlights – 9.30am-12pm – Sky Sports 2 Day 3 LIVE – 4pm-12am – Sky Sports 1 Sunday 12th August Day 4 Highlights – 8.30am-11am – Sky Sports 1 Day 4 LIVE – 4pm-12am – Sky Sports 1 Monday 9th April Day 4 Highlights – 9am-12pm – Sky Sports 1