PGA Championship live updates Thursday: Four-time champion Tiger Woods part of high-profile threesome
The second major men's golf championship of 2022 begins Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Southern Hills Golf Club hosts the PGA Championship for the fifth time.
However, two of the biggest names in men's golf will not be in the field. Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who became the oldest golfer to win a major title at age 50, has decided not to participate. And 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau withdrew on Wednesday as he continues to recover from wrist surgery.
There will still be plenty of star power in the field as four-time PGA champion Tiger Woods will be playing in the tournament's highest-profile grouping with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth for the first two rounds.
TULSA, Okla. — Somewhere PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is smiling as wide as the Grand Canyon after hearing the pro-PGA Tour support from Tiger Woods.
When asked to share his feelings about Phil Mickelson being absent from the PGA Championship this week, Woods expressed his disappointment that the defending champion wouldn't be competing, saying, "We'll miss him," but didn't mince words.
"Phil has said some things that I think a lot of us who are committed to the Tour and committed to the legacy of the Tour have pushed back against, and he's taken some personal time, and we all understand that," Woods said. "Some of his views on how the Tour could be run, should be run, been a lot of disagreement there. Obviously we're going to have difference of opinions, how he sees the Tour, and we'll go from there."
During his Tuesday press conference, Woods made it perfectly clear he's committed to the PGA Tour and distanced himself from the vision for world golf that Mickelson, Greg Norman and others are pitching.
"I believe in legacies. I believe in major championships. I believe in big events, comparisons to historical figures of the past," Woods said. "There's plenty of money out here ... You have to go out there and earn it."
Phil Mickelson’s absence will no doubt loom large over the PGA Championship. A year after his improbable win at Kiawah Island, this week would have been a celebration of that accomplishment and so many others in his career.
Instead of sadness at how far the most beloved golfer since Arnold Palmer has fallen, however, there should be a sense of relief. Bad as it’s been to see his image and reputation go up in flames from a distance, it would be far worse to see the blaze up close.
And that’s exactly what would have happened had Mickelson showed up at Southern Hills.
He will not be able to dodge the pointed questions about the new Saudi-backed golf tour or the unauthorized biography of him that was released this week whenever he does resurface. The more space he can put between himself and the revelations that undermine the Man of the People image he’s crafted so carefully all these years, the better.
2022 PGA Championship leaderboard: Live coverage, Tiger Woods score, golf scores today in Round 1
TULSA, Okla. -- The second of four major championships this golf season begins Thursday morning with the 2022 PGA Championship teeing off at Southern Hills. With a star-studded field led by 2007 PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods -- who captured that crown at this very course the lsat time it hosted a major -- and a cast of former champions at the event ranging from Brooks Koepka to Collin Morikawa, there's no shortage of storylines this week with the Wanamaker Trophy set to change hands.
Reigning champion Phil Mickelson's curious absence looms over the event like a shadow after a late withdrawal, but the old guard will be well-represented still with Woods. He's six weeks removed from a slow finish to the Masters, where he made the cut in his first appearance in more than a year. Meanwhile, the young wave is threatening to make this week plenty interesting with World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler looking to win his second consecutive major, World No. 2 Jon Rahm aiming to grab his second straight win after a victory in Mexico to open the month, and World No. 3 Collin Morikawa aiming to grab his second major at the still-ripe age of 25. Oh, by the way, all three are grouped together to open play.
CBS Sports will update this story with scores and highlights from the PGA Championship below. Check out the live scores at the top of this story, a more detailed leaderboard, Round 1 tee times and our complete PGA Championship TV schedule / coverage guide.
2022 PGA Championship live stream, watch online: Tiger Woods in Round 1, coverage, TV schedule Thursday
Can you feel it? Do you smell it? The 2022 PGA Championship has arrived, and four days of pristine golf return to Southern Hills for a major championship for the first time in 15 years. It all begins Thursday with Round 1 as the Tulsa, Oklahoma, grounds will be filled to capacity with fans. (Whether they will imbibe in those $18 beers remains to be seen.)
Anticipation has reached a fever pitch with play beginning as Tiger Woods is playing just his second competitive golf event in 15 months and first since the Masters. With defending champion Phil Mickelson not in the field amid his self-imposed exile, Woods will be the "old hat" fans will be following across at least 36 but hopefully 72 holes. Beyond Woods, though, there is so much to follow this week that it can be overwhelming at times.
Woods pairing with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy; a hard-hitting trio of Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry and Adam Scott; and another featuring the world's top three golfers in Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa. McIlroy will be aiming for his first major since 2014, while Spieth hopes to complete the career grand slam and Scheffler looks to go back-to-back at the first two major championships of the season.
CBS Sports is offering live coverage of the 2022 PGA Championship from start to finish Thursday, so be sure to follow Round 1 with us live. Beyond that, hit the links below to follow live on action both on television and streaming online.