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9 Outsiders to Watch at The 2023 PGA Championship

By: | Mon 15 May 2023

Who could surprise the favourites and lift the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill? Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified several outsider contenders to follow during the 2023 PGA Championship.

Lucas Herbert

The Australian is a winner on both the PGA and DP World Tour. He returned to form with a win at the recent ISPS Handa Japan Championship. A hugely underrated golfer.

Matt Wallace

Won three times in 2018 but then lost form and struggled for the best part of three years but began to play some decent golf again in 2022. He was 20th at the Abu Dhabi Championship and 16th at the Dubai Desert Classic but it all changed for Wallace when he finished in a tie for seventh place at the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour in March 2023 and followed it by winning the Corales Puntacana Championship to revive his career.

Steven Alker

The 51-year-old Australian is setting the world alight on the Champions Tour. He is fit, playing sensational golf and he hits fairways - lots of them. He is also a very good putter. He won four times in 2022 and has already tasted victory in 2023.

Kurt Kitayama

Kitayama carved out a successful career on the DP World Tour, where he won twice, claiming the Mauritius Open in 2018 and the Oman Open in 2019. But his aim was always to crack it on the PGA Tour. In 2021 he finally gained his card, retaining it with a couple of decent finishes before winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2023.

Tom Hoge

It may surprise you to learn that Hoge is ranked 30th in the world. He won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2022 and has continued to produce some decent performances this season, finishing in a tie for third at the Players Championship and a tie for third at the Tournament of Champion.

Keegan Bradley

Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011, beating Jasion Dufner in a playoff. He struggled when the belly putter was banned but has worked things out on the greens and is a fierce competitor.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose

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A former US Open champion and ex-world number one, Rose had been in the wilderness for a couple of years until arriving at Pebble Beach this year and winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Loves tough courses.

Chris Kirk

The comeback story of the year. Kirk walked away from the game after admitting he had a problem with alcohol. Having sorted out his life he returned to the PGA Tour and reduced everyone to tears when he won the Honda Classic earlier this year.

Corey Connors

Connors is a wonderful iron player who is also blessed with a wondrous touch on the greens. If you are looking for an outsider who is worth an each-way bet then this is your man. He is one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour but tends to go under the radar.

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