Illini head coach Mike Small was the low PGA club professional at the 2011 PGA Championship, pictured here with 2011 PGA champion Keegan Bradley.
Aug. 7, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Mike Small will be one of four former Illini golfers playing in this weekend's PGA Championship, the final major tournament of 2013. The tournament will be held at the Oak Hill Country Club's east course in Rochester, N.Y., for only the third time. Joining Small in the field are former Illini Steve Stricker, D.A. Points and Luke Guthrie, which marks the second time this year that four players with Illinois ties have competed in a major after Stricker, Points, Guthrie and Scott Langley played in the 2013 U.S. Open.
The appearance in the PGA Championship is Small's ninth and his 12th major overall. He qualified for the event by tying for fourth at the PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Ore., on June 27. Small has made the cut three times at the PGA Championship: 2011, 2007 and 2005. He was the low PGA club professional in 2011 and 2007.
The 72-hole championship starts Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:10 a.m. CT. Guthrie, who is paired with Bob Gaus and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, will tee off No. 1 at 6:20 a.m. Stricker will play alongside Jason Dufner and Hideki Matsuyama, teeing off No. 10 at 6:45 a.m., while Points will tee off No. 10 at 12:50 p.m. alongside Mikko Ilonen and Carl Pettersson. Small will play with Kevin Chappell and Chris Wood with a 1:05 p.m. tee time off No. 1.
On Friday, Points' group will tee off No. 1 at 7:40 a.m. CT, while Small's will go off No. 10 at 7:55 a.m. Guthrie's group will go off No. 10 at 11:30 a.m., while Stricker's will tee off No. 1 at 11:55 a.m. The low 70 scores and tie will advance to play on Saturday and Sunday. TNT will carry the first two rounds from noon-6 p.m. CT, and will carry the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CBS will take over Saturday's and Sunday's action from 1-6 p.m.