Upon the release of the 2019 PGA Championship tee times, there weren't a lot of surprises -- only the reminder that Tiger Woods really did win a major championship, and that in and of itself remains a stunner. Woods will be grouped with the two other most-recent major champions, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari, on Thursday and Friday at Bethpage Black as the 101st PGA Championship kicks into gear in Farmingdale, New York.
That's not the only huge group, though. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day -- all former PGA Championship winners -- are playing together in the afternoon (1:38 p.m. ET on Thursday) following the 8:24 a.m. tee time from Tiger and friends. Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose (8:02 a.m. on Thursday) will all play together over the first few days as well. The Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott group (7:40 a.m. on Thursday) took a hit with Justin Thomas pulling out, though Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth (1:16 p.m. on Thursday) round out the last of the supergroups playing together the first two days.
It is not out of the norm for Tiger Woods to be the favorite at a major championship. It happens all the time, though perhaps not in recent years. What's particularly notable this time around is that Woods is actually a deserving favorite this week at Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler fall in among the favorites to win this weekend.