Rory McIlroy will head to New York determined to defend his US PGA Championship crown and you can see every twist and turn in the tournament live on Sky Sports.
Oak Hill Country Club in New York plays host to final Major championship of the year and the course will welcome all the usual big name golfing suspects during the week.
Northern Irish superstar McIlroy has endured a tough season and his missed cut at the Open Championship, not to mention his recent woeful form in the top tour events, does not bode well for the 24-year-old’s chances at a tournament he won in memorable style 12 months ago.
However, Shaun Micheel provided one of the biggest surprises in the history of Major golf when he won the USPGA the last time it was held at Oak Hill in 2003, and McIlroy will no doubt believe if a world number 169 can succeed on that course then so can he.
Phil Mickelson will be among a number of big names eager to take McIlroy’s title and the American is flying at the moment following his Open Championship win.
He won this event in 2005 and will be hoping to go back-to-back in the Majors after his sensational victory on the links of Muirfield.
Keeping with tradition, the winners of the first three major championships of 2013 will play together for the first two rounds of the US PGA Championship.
Masters champion Adam Scott showed his form with a tied third finish at the Open, while Lee Westwood will be desperate to land his maiden Major after going into the final day at the Scottish course in the lead.
His countryman Justin Rose won his first big one at the US Open earlier this year but his form is seemingly on the drift after missing the Open cut, while perhaps Ian Poulter (tied third at Muirfield) is in with a strong chance of securing his first major win.
Of course, the great Tiger Woods will have something to say about that following his convincing win at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational the week before the US PGA.
The world number one has not won a major title in over five years but is hoping to bring that unwanted run to an end at Oak Hill.
McIlroy could join an elite group if he retains his title – only five players have successfully defended this title in the tournament’s history.
Gene Sarazen was the first in 1923, followed by Walter Hagen, who retained his title for four consecutive years between 1924 and 1927.
Leo Diegel was the next, holing the title in 1928 and 1929. Denny Shute repeated the trick in 1936 and 1937, before Tiger Woods made history at the turn of the century, lifting the title in 1999 and 2000 before repeating the feat in 2006 and 2007.
McIlroy made history of his own in 2012 at Kiawah Island. The Northern Irishman blew away the field to finish eight-shots clear at the top of the standings.
It was the biggest winning margin of any golfer in this event, surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ seven-stroke victory 32 years ago.
The former world number one was the youngest winner of the competition since it changed to stroke play in 1958 and also the youngest to win two Major titles since Seve Ballesteros in 1980.
He added the PGA Championship to his US Open triumph, moving halfway toward completing his career Grand Slam.
The 25-year-old’s hopes of tasting more Major glory will have been lifted at a media day at this year’s venue.
He carded 67 in a practice round, just three shots shy of the course record for Oak Hill, shared by Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange.
The world number two has found form hard to come by in 2013, though.
McIlroy, who made a big-money move to Nike at the start of the year, has yet to win a competition on the European or US PGA Tours.
He finished tied in 25th at the Masters and 16 places lower at the US Open, while at the Open Championship he missed the halfway cut.
It should be noted, however, that he came into last year’s PGA Championship after not only finishing way down the pecking order at the Masters and the Open Championship, but also missing the cut at the US Open.
McIlroy is clearly made of sterner stuff and will not give up his crown easily.
A whole host of names will be vying for his title and Sky Sports is the only place to see all four days of the competition live.
David Livingstone presents Sky’s live coverage from the course each night, starting at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, with extended coverage on Saturday and Sunday from 4pm in the afternoon.
Butch Harmon and Colin Montgomerie will provide expert analysis and comment in the studio and in the commentary box.
Ewen Murray leads the commentary team alongside Bruce Critchley, Mark Roe and Paul McGinley.
On-course reports come from Howard Clark, while Tim Barter will conduct pre and post-round interviews with the key players.
All the action will be streamed online for sports customers via Sky Go, plus the Sky Sports website has a dedicated US PGA Championship micro-site featuring all the latest news, interviews and videos.
There will also be additional live coverage via the Red Button on TV and online via Sky Sports Xtra.
Two featured groups will be shown in a special live feed from 1.00pm on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday 8th August DAY 1 LIVE: 6.00pm-12.00am Sky Sports 1 Friday 9th August DAY 2 LIVE: 6.00pm-12.00am Sky Sports 1 Saturday 10th August DAY 3 LIVE: 4.00pm-5.00pm Sky Sports 3 5.00pm-12.00am Sky Sports 1 Sunday 11th August DAY 4 LIVE: 4.00pm-6.30pm Sky Sports 3 6.30pm-12.00am Sky Sports 1