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The PGA Championship is the second of the four Major tournaments held during the calendar year… coming after last month’s US Masters, it will be followed by the US Open (June) and then the Open Championship (July).

All the best players. All the best action. And so all eyes on are Kiawah Island this week for the 103rd running of this prestigious tournament.

PGA Championship: The Tournament

The PGA Championship is run by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. It started out as a matchplay tournament in 1916, switching to the current, and standard, strokeplay format in 1958. And although it’s not played at the same course each year, the custom with the PGA is that it’s usually staged towards the east of the mainland US – with New York State hosting the most renewals (13). And to date only eight times has the tournament been held “out west”.

The field is the normal 156, made up of the game’s leading players, past champions and special invites. There are also 20 places for players drawn from the Professional National Championship (a competition for club professionals), so there’s always a fair share of unknowns in the line-up. To date there have been 102 PGA champions – mostly US players! To date 84 times the trophy has been lifted by an American, then Australia (5), England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Fiji & Northern Ireland (2 each) and Ireland, South Korea & Germany (all 1). Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus (5) have won the PGA most times, followed by Tiger Woods (4).

Formerly billed as “Glory’s last shot” – because it was the last Major of the calendar year – 2019 marked a new place in the schedule for the PGA Championship as it slotted in between the US Masters and the US Open in the month of May.

PGA Championship: The Course

This week the players are using the “Ocean Course” at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. This is a 7,876 yard course, set-up as a par 72, which opened in 1991 – just in time for that year’s infamous Ryder Cup (the “War on the Shore”). It has since hosted this tournament back in 2012, won by Rory McIlroy. It’s an exposed course, open to the wind, very much like a links-style course found in the UK – so maybe no wonder Rory won! But the course will provide a severe test to the players, and scoring could well be difficult, depending on the prevailing conditions.

72-Hole Record

264: Brooks Koepka (2018)

18-Hole Record

63: Brooks Koepka (2019) – most recent… 63 has been recorded a number of times

PGA Championship: Past Winners

2020 Collin Morikawa (Casey, Johnson – Day, DeChambeau, Finau, Scheffler, Wolff)
2019 Brooks Koepka (Johnson – Cantlay, Spieth, Wallace)
2018 Brooks Koepka (Woods – Scott – Cink & Rahm)
2017 Justin Thomas (Molinari, Oosthuizen & Reed – Fowler & Matsuyama)
2016 Jimmy Walker (Day – Summerhays – Grace, Koepka & Matsuyama)
2015 Jason Day (Spieth – Grace – Rose – Koepka & Lahiri)
2014 Rory McIlroy (Mickelson – Fowler & Stenson – Furyk & Palmer)
2013 Jason Dufner (Furyk – Stenson – Blixt – Piercy & Scott)
2012 Rory McIlroy (Lynn – Bradley, Pettersson, Poulter & Rose)
2011 Keegan Bradley (Dufner – Hansen – Karlsson, Toms & Verplank)

PGA Championship: The Field

It is a major, but it’s standard PGA Tour numbers this week in terms of field-size. Rory McIlroy is the current favourite with TopSport at $12

PGA Championship: The Weather

A dry week is in store for the players with just a 10% chance of rain on each of the four days. Temperatures will also be very comfortable, with the mercury touching the low 80s. Wind, so often a factor on this type of course, looks well within the players range – barely reaching over 10-12mph.

PGA Championship: Value Bets

The Golf Insider has six outright each-way bets for the PGA Championship, as well as more bets on the Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups.

You can get them all for just $1 with our trial offer! Click below to sign up!

The trial lasts for two weeks, so you also get two tournaments next week… The Golf Insider covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

 

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