By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 10, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Rickie Fowler plays a shot from the second tee at the PGA Championship on Aug. 9, 2018 in St. Louis.


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2016 Olympians Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are among the golfers chasing after a title in the last men’s major of the year – the PGA Championship.

The tournament, which began Thursday, has four rounds of stroke play at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. The final round is Sunday.

Justin Thomas of the U.S. is the defending PGA champion.

The PGA Championship has attracted the best golfers in the world and is another tournament that will play a part in the Olympic golf rankings, which determine the field for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This week’s tournament is also important for those not yet named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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The top four Americans in the International Golf Federation rankings are top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Brooks Koepka and No. 8 Jordan Spieth.

Reed, winner of the Masters this past April, is playing in the same group Thursday and Friday as Koepka and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

Fowler is grouped with Ian Poulter of England and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan in Rounds 1 and 2, Watson is grouped with Johnson and Adam Scott of Australia, and Kuchar is grouped with Chris Wood of England and Alex Noren of Sweden.

The field will be cut in half after Friday’s second round.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc