• The 100th anniversary of the US PGA, the final Major of the season, will be played as the final Major for the final time in 2018.

    Next year, it will be scheduled in May, making it not the final, but the second Major of the season, following the Masters in April, the US Open in June and the British Open in July.

    The first two days will feature some marquee pairings.

    Since the field is large, the first two days will be threesomes.

    Last year’s winner, Justin Thomas will tee off alongside Tiger Woods and Rory McIllroy.

    Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth will be another threesome worth watching.

    Rose and Thomas could overtake Dustin Johnson for the number one world ranking. Rose would need an outright win and Thomas no worse than a solo second finish for that to happen.

    Of course, Dustin Johnson could well render all that speculation moot by winning.

    He will be paired with a couple of past Masters winners, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott.

    Two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka will play with this year’s Masters winner Patrick Redd and British Open winner Francesco Molinari.

    “I like the way the PGA sets it up,” Koepka said. “It’s very difficult. It’s a battle for sure.”

    Justin Thomas goes into the tournament fresh off a win last week and as the defending PGA champion from last year. The defending part means little, but his form in winning the WGC Invitational at Firestone in Akron last week would seem to indicate that all facets of his game are polished to a high level.

    History, however, is not of Thomas’ side. Only two players have won the PGA after having won the previous week and neither of those two were slouches.

    Tiger Woods did it in 2007 and McIllroy in 2014 and Woods was the last winner to win consecutively in 2006 and 2007.