Wednesday, 07 August 2013
Oak Hill CC  (EuropeanTour)
Oak Hill CC (EuropeanTour)

Ninety nine of the world's top 100 will contest this week's US PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club - and more than one of them may even finish under par.

In the last two Major Championships only one player - Open Champion Phil Mickelson - has finished in red figures, but tournament officials insist they are not fixated on what the winning total should be.

"I think if you talk to any of the players that have played in the championship over the years, they love this set-up," PGA of America president Ted Bishop said.

"They know there's going to be challenges and they know that at the same time they are going to have a chance to go out and be aggressive and make some birdies on some holes.

"I think the great thing about the PGA Championship is we have never gotten caught up in what the under par score is going to be to win this championship."

Shaun Micheel was four under par in winning the event the last time it was staged at Oak Hill in 2003 and the course could play easier with the introduction of an intermediate level of rough.

Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America's chief championships officer, said: "In 2003 we had the step cut of rough and then it went straight into the primary cut of rough.

"This year, we have the step cut, which is six, seven feet wide. It goes into an intermediate cut and then into the primary cut."

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