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The US PGA Championship By Numbers

By: | Mon 13 May 2019 | Comments

The PGA Championship dates back to 1916, and it was played as a match play event for decades. Having long been the fourth major on the schedule, the PGA of America has moved the quest for the Wanamaker Trophy to May, bringing a different level of attention. 

Often considered the least distinctive of the major championships, the PGA nonetheless has a rich history. Golfshake's Derek Clements has brought together some key stats and figures that tell its story for the 2019 edition.

27 The number of countries represented in the field.

100 Every member of the world’s top 100 will be in the field.

48 Age of the oldest winner, Julius Boros when he won in 1968. He was 48 years 142 days.

20 Gene Sarazen was just 20 years and 174 days old when he won in 1922. He remains the youngest ever winner.

8  McIlroy won by a record eight shots in 2012.

15 Majors Tiger Woods has won.
18 Majors won by Jack Nicklaus.

156 Players in the field.

11 Years between major championship wins for Tiger Woods (2008 US Open to 2019 Masters).

20 The lowest 72-hole score in relation to par was Jason Day’s 20-under-par winning score in 2015, with rounds of 68-67-66-67 for a total of 268.

5 Number of times Nicklaus and Walter Hagen won the tournament.

2  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 play-off will be contested, if required.

11 Total prize money this year will be $11m.

6 If he wins, Jordan Spieth will become the sixth golfer to complete a career grand slam, following Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods.

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

63 The lowest score in tournament history on a par 72, achieved by Gary Player at Shoal Creek in 1984, Jose Maria Olazabal at Valhalla in 2000 and Hiroshi Iwata at Whistling Straits in 2015.

10 Tom Watson recorded 10 top-10 finishes in the US PGA but never lifted the title, throwing away a five-shot lead after 54 holes in 1978.

264 Brooks Koepka’s record winning total at Bellerive last year.

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

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