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Rory McIlroy makes his decision on playing in the Open Championship

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Rory McIlroy makes his decision on playing in the Open Championship

This past weekend Rory McIlroy made headlines after announcing he ruptured his left ankle ligament during a "soccer kickabout" with his friends.

Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started..... Working hard to get back as soon as I can.

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:53am PDT

Now a few days later, McIlroy took to Instagram again to update his status, but it's not the news many wanted to hear.

After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on Jul 8, 2015 at 8:38am PDT

McIlroy captioned this photo saying "After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews".  He also stated that he wants to take a "long-term" approach to this injury and only return back to the green when he feels 100% ready. And while he rests, it looks like he is also planning on catching up on a little tennis as well. 

2019 U.S. Open Championship: TV Channel, Tee Times, Groupings, Odds

2019 U.S. Open Championship: TV Channel, Tee Times, Groupings, Odds

The golfing world will descend on Pebble Beach Golf Links this week for the third major championship of the year, as the best players in the world will compete for the 2019 U.S. Open title.

The course will host the championship for the first time since 2010 and the sixth time in its history.

The biggest storyline this week is whether World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who has won four majors since June of 2017, can win his third consecutive U.S. Open title. Unsurprisingly, the bomber enters as the favorite (15-2) in Vegas this week.

All eyes will also be on Tiger Woods, as he continues to chase Jack Nicklaus and his 18 major titles. Many will recall Tiger’s 15-shot U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach in 2000, but he has not played a competitive round at Pebble Beach since 2012. Woods is in good form though, finishing in a tie for ninth at The Memorial Tournament two weeks ago.

As with every June, Phil Mickelson will try to achieve the coveted Career Grand Slam. The U.S. Open is the only major championship that Lefty has not won. Adding to the excitement is the fact that he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three shots in February. Could this finally be the year?

With many other tantalizing storylines and plenty of golfers with a realistic chance to win this week, sit back, relax and watch as many hours of golf as you can:

2019 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP HOW TO WATCH:

What: The 119th U.S. Open Championship

When: Thursday, June 13th – Sunday, June 16th

Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California

DAY 1 COVERAGE (Thursday, June 13):

Time (EST)/ TV Channel: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m./ FS1, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m./ FOX

DAY 2 COVERAGE (Friday, June 14):

Time (EST)/ TV Channel: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m./ FS1, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m./ FOX

DAY 3 COVERAGE (Saturday, June 15):

Time (EST)/ TV Channel: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m./ FOX

DAY 4 COVERAGE (Sunday, June 16):

Time (EST)/ TV Channel: 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m./ FOX

2019 U.S. OPEN FIRST ROUND TEE TIMES (EST), PAIRINGS:

Tee No. 1

9:45 a.m. -- Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz, Marcus Fraser
9:56 a.m. -- Scott Piercy, Erik Van Rooyen, Chan An Yu (a)
10:07 a.m. -- Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Oleson, Emiliano Grillo
10:18 a.m. -- Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale (a), Nick Taylor
10:29 a.m. -- Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a), Jason Dufner
10:40 a.m. -- Haotong Li, Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes
10:51 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els
11:02 a.m. -- Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
11:13 a.m. -- Shane Lowry, Tyrell Hatton, Gary Woodland
11:24 a.m. -- Cameron Smith, Matthew Wallace, Xander Schauffele
11:35 a.m. -- C.T. Pan, Abraham Ancer, Brandon Wu (a)
11:46 a.m. -- Chan Kim, Justin Walters, Harris English
11:57 a.m. -- Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen
3:30 p.m. -- Rory Sabbatini, Sam Horsfield, Roberto Castro
3:41 p.m. -- Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
3:52 p.m. -- Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bramlett,  Charlie Danielson
4:03 p.m. -- Austin Eckroat (A), Alexander Noren, Charles Howell III
4:14 p.m. -- Thomas Pieters, Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)
4:25 p.m. -- Paul Casey, Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover
4:36 p.m. -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira
4:47 p.m. -- Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland (a), Brooks Koepka
4:58 p.m. -- Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter
5:09 p.m. -- Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods
5:20 p.m. -- Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones, Kodai Ichihara
5:31 p.m. -- Matthieu Pavon, Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren
5:42 p.m. -- Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira, Brett Drewitt

Tee No. 10
9:45 a.m. -- Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain
9:56 a.m. -- Dean Burmester, Bern Wiesberger, Kyounghoon Lee
10:07 a.m. -- Clement Sordet, Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus
10:18 a.m. -- Brian Davis, Kevin O'Connell, Billy Hurley III
10:29 a.m. -- Brendon Todd, Luke Donald, Mike Weir
10:40 a.m. -- Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
10:51 a.m. -- Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy
11:02 a.m. -- Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson Dechambeau
11:13 a.m. -- Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
11:24 a.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood
11:35 a.m. -- Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen
11:46 a.m. -- Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch, Richard Lee
11:57 a.m. -- Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Nuamec
3:30 p.m. -- Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore, Lee Slattery
3:41 p.m. -- Joel Dahmen, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise
3:52 p.m. -- Merrick Bremner, Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble
4:03 p.m. -- Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms
4:14 p.m. -- Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley
4:25 p.m. -- Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker
4:36 p.m. -- Luke List, Lucas Bjerregaard, Branden Grace
4:47 p.m. -- Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
4:58 p.m. -- Byeong Hun An, Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick
5:09 p.m. -- Justin Harding, Aaron Baddeley, Andrew Putnam
5:20 p.m. -- Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa, Anirban Lahiri
5:31 p.m. -- Daniel Hillier (a), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair
5:42 p.m. -- Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell

2019 U.S. OPEN TOP-10 ODDS & NOTABLES (as of June 11th):

Brooks Koepka: 15-2
Dustin Johnson: 8-1
Rory McIlroy: 8-1
Tiger Woods: 9-1
Jordan Spieth: 16-1
Patrick Cantlay: 16-1
Justin Rose: 22-1
John Rahm: 25-1
Rickie Fowler: 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Justin Thomas: 28-1
Jason Day: 28-1
Adam Scott: 33-1
Tommy Fleetwood: 35-1
Matt Kuchar: 45-1
Phil Mickelson: 50-1
Sergio Garcia 75-1
Bubba Watson 80-1

 

 

 

Why is the PGA Championship in May? A 2019 preview

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Why is the PGA Championship in May? A 2019 preview

The 2019 PGA Championship has been moved up in the PGA's calendar in an attempt finish the season earlier. The tournament has been contested in August since 1972, and the 101st installment of the event will be the first to take place in May since 1949.

When is the 2019 PGA Championship?

The tournament tees off on Thursday, May 16 with the final round taking place on Sunday, May 19. 

Why was the 2019 PGA Championship moved to May?

A couple of reasons factored into this decision. Every fourth year, the date needed to be shifted to account for the Summer Olympics. Shifting to May avoids having to make this quadrennial tweak. The switch also allows the FedEx Cup Playoffs to begin and end earlier, such that the Sunday rounds of those tournaments do no have to compete with NFL Sundays.

Where is the 2019 PGA Championship being played?

The tournament will be played at Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York, for the first time in its history. This course has hosted two majors in the past -- the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009 (won by Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, respectively).

Where can you watch the 2019 PGA Championship?

You can watch the tournament live on both TNT and CBS. Here is the breakdown of which parts of the tournament will be on which network:

First Round, Thursday, May 16: 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on TNT

Second Round, Friday, May 17: 1:00 to 7:30 p.m. on TNT

Third Round, Saturday, May 18: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on TNT, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on CBS

Fourth Round, Sunday, May 19: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on TNT, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on CBS


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