The US PGA Championship by Numbers

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The PGA Championship is the final major of the year, and has etched quite a history since it began over a century ago. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out some facts and figures to take note of: the US PGA Championship by Numbers!

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1916 The first PGA Championship is held at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, and was won by Jim Barnes.

1 World number one Dustin Johnson will seek a first US PGA Championship and second major title at Bellerive.

2 Rory McIlroy has won the US PGA twice, with his victory at Valhalla in 2014 the last of his four major wins to date.

3 The number of holes over which a playoff will be contested, if required.

4 Walter Hagen won the championship four years in succession from 1924, when it was a match play event.

5 Hagen and Jack Nicklaus share the overall record for US PGA Championship wins. Nicklaus was also runner-up on four occasions.

6 Jordan Spieth has the chance to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

20 The age of Gene Sarazen, the youngest winner, in 1922

7 Arnold Palmer won seven major titles but never the US PGA, thereby missing out on a career grand slam.ß

8 McIlroy won by a record eight shots in 2012.

65 The lowest final round by a winner, Steve Elkington, in 1995

9 The most shots under par for a round in the championship. Three men have shot 63 on a par-72 course - Player at Shoal Creek in 1984, Jose Maria Olazabal at Valhalla in 2000 and Hiroshi Iwata at Whistling Straits in 2015.

48 The age of Julius Boros, the oldest winner, in 1968

12 American players have won the US PGA Championship 12 times in the past 20 years.

76 The highest final round by a winner, Vijay Singh, at Kiawah Island in 2012.

14 The 14th at Bellerive is the start of a three-hole stretch known as "The Ridge". The three holes are on the highest part of the course and play into the prevailing wind.

100 This is the 100th staging of the tournament

15 Tiger Woods is seeking a 15th major title, more than 10 years since his last.

16 At 237 yards, the 16th at Bellerive is the longest par three on the course.

17 Two-time winner Ray Floyd recorded 17 top-20 finishes in the US PGA.

1958  The format of the tournament is changed from match play to stroke.

2009 South Korea's Y.E. Yang becomes the first Asian male player to win a major championship, the 2009 PGA Championship.

2015 Jason Day becomes the first player to finish 20-under par in a major championship.


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