Number of PGA Tour events that Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis has hosted before this week’s PGA Championship (tee times): the 1965 U.S. Open (won by Gary Player), 1992 PGA Championship (Nick Price) and the 2008 BMW Championship (Camilo Villegas). The 2001 WGC American Express Championship was canceled because of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S.
Odds for American Dustin Johnson, the favorite, to win this week’s PGA Championship, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and American Justin Thomas, the defending champion, were the co-No. 2 picks, at 12-1. Other top contenders: Americans Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth, Australia’s Jason Day and Spain’s Jon Rahm were 20-1 selections. Tiger Woods had slipped to 25-1 (odds).
Percentage of respondents who answered “change channel” to a Morning Read social-media question that asked, “When the networks’ obligatory interview with the tournament sponsor’s chief executive airs, how do you respond?” The other 45 percent answered “grit teeth and endure.”
Career-high position in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of 48 spots, for American Andrew Putnam after he won the Barracuda Championship for his first PGA Tour title.