2022 PGA Championship Preview

2022 PGA Championship Preview

  • May 19 – 22
  • Tulsa Oklahoma
  • Southern Hills
    • Par 70
    • 7,556 yards
  • Purse $12 million
    • Winner $12 million + 600 FedExCup pts.
  • 156 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • Defending champion Phil Mickelson (not in the field)

TV Times For The 2022 PGA Championship

  • Round 1: 5/19
    • ESPN 2 – 8 pm ET
  • Round 2: 5/20
    • ESPN 2 – 6 pm ET
  • Round 3: 5/21
    • ESPN 10 am – 1 pm ET
    • CBS 1 pm – 7 pm ET
  • Round 4: 5/22
    • ESPN 10 am – 1 pm ET
    • CBS 1 pm – 7 pm ET

PGA Championship Quick Facts

  • 10 events that award 600 FedExCup points to the winner have been played since the start of the 2019-20 season, with two PLAYERS Championships and eight majors contested in that span.
  • Nine of the 10 winners entered the week inside the top 25 of the Official World Golf Ranking (Phil Mickelson at 2021 PGA Championship: 115) and five entered the week No. 4 or higher.
  • The average OWGR position of the 10 winners is 18.3 (7.6 without Mickelson).
TournamentWinnerOWGRTournamentWinnerOWGR
2022 MastersScottie Scheffler12021 MastersHideki Matsuyama25
2022 PlayersCameron Smith102021 PlayersJustin Thomas3
2021 OpenCollin Morikawa42020 MastersDustin Johnson1
2021 US OpenJohn Rahm32020 US OpenBryson DeChambeau9
2021 PGAPhil Mickelson1152020 PGAColin Morikawa12
  • Woods in the field: Tiger Woods, who returned from injury at the Masters Tournament in April for his first TOUR start since the 2020 Masters, is set to compete.
  • Woods, who won the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club the last time it hosted a major, is tied for the most PGA TOUR wins of all-time (82) and trails Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships by three. Woods enters the week No. 237 in the FedExCup standings and No. 818 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Heating up: 30 of the 44 events in the FedExCup Regular Season have concluded, with fewer than a third of the Regular Season remaining before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.
  • Among the six players that have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception in 2007, four are outside the top 125 in the standings with 12 weeks (14 events) to go (bold in field): Charley Hoffman, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Bubba Watson (others: Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott).
  • Other notables outside the top 125 include Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Cameron Champ, Louis Oosthuizen, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, and Tiger Woods.

Players in the field at the 2007 PGA and 2022 PGA (17)

  • Rich Beem
  • Stewart Cink
  • John Daly
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Lucas Glover
  • Padraig Harrington
  • Zach Johnson
  • Shaun Micheel
  • Ian Poulter
  • Justin Rose
  • Charl Schwartzel
  • Adam Scott
  • Henrick Stenson
  • Bubba Watson
  • Lee Westwood
  • Tiger Woods
  • YE Yang

Players In The Field At 2001 US Open and 2022 PGA (8)

  • Rich Beem
  • Stewart Cink
  • Jason Dufner
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Padraig Harrington
  • Shaun Micheel
  • Lee Westwood
  • Tiger Woods

Top Players In the Field

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER

Age 25
OWGR No. 1
FedExCup No. 1
Starts Wins Top-10s
PGA TOUR season 15 Starts 4 Wins 7 Top 10s
PGA TOUR career 78 Starts 4 Wins 22 Top 10s
PGA Championship 2 Starts 0 Wins 2 Top 10s

  • Top-10 in both starts at the PGA Championship (T4/2020, T8/2021)
  • Earned first major championship title at the Masters in April
  • Last to win consecutive majors: J. Spieth, 2015 (Masters, U.S. Open)
  • Won the 2015 Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club

COLLIN MORIKAWA

Age 25
OWGR No. 3
FedExCup No. 17
Starts Wins Top-10s
PGA TOUR season 10 Starts 0 Wins 6 Top 10s
PGA TOUR career 65 Starts 5 Wins 24 Top 10s
PGA Championship 2 Starts 1Wins 2 Top 10s

  • 2020 PGA Championship and 2021 Open Championship winner
  • Last to win a major in three straight years: Brooks Koepka (2017-19)
  • Making 10th major start (two wins, five top-10s in first nine starts)
  • Finished solo-fifth at the Masters Tournament in April

JON RAHM

Age 27
OWGR No. 2
FedExCup No. 7
Starts Wins Top-10s
PGA TOUR season 11 Starts 1 Wins 5 Top 10s
PGA TOUR career 123 Starts 7 Wins 60 Top 10s
PGA Championship 5 Starts 0 Wins 2 Top 10s

  • Won the Mexico Open at Vidanta in most recent start
  • Two top-10s in five starts at the PGA Championship (best: T4/2018)
  • Won first major championship title at the 2021 U.S. Open
  • Leads the PGA TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (1.311 per round)

CAMERON SMITH

Age 28
OWGR No. 4
FedExCup No. 3
Starts Wins Top-10s
PGA TOUR season 10 Starts 2 Wins 5 Top 10s
PGA TOUR career 163 Starts 5 Wins 31 Top 10s
PGA Championship 6 Starts 0 Wins 0 Top 10s

  • 2022 PLAYERS Championship winner; T3 at the Masters
  • Last to win THE PLAYERS and a major in the same year: Martin
    Kaymer, 2014 (U.S. Open)
  • Highest-ranked player in the OWGR without a major victory

Player Storylines

  • The PGA of America announced on Saturday, May 14, that 2021 champion Phil Mickelson will not compete.
  • The last time a defending champion did not play in a major was Rory McIlroy at the 2015 Open Championship.
  • Mickelson last played on TOUR at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open (MC).
  • Five players have won the Career Grand Slam and Jordan Spieth can become the sixth with a win.
  • Spieth won the 2015 Masters Tournament, 2015 U.S. Open and 2017 Open Championship, and is making his sixth start in the PGA Championship since the 2017 Open (T28/2017, T12/2018, T3/2019, T71/2020, T30/2021)
  • Spieth can complete the Career Grand Slam with a win at the PGA Championship.
  • Spieth, who has a win (RBC Heritage) and a runner-up (AT&T Byron Nelson) in his last two starts, enters the week No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest position since August 18, 2018 (8).
  • Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy have each recorded two PGA Championship titles and four major championship victories.
  • Five players in history have won the PGA Championship three times or more: Jack Nicklaus (5), Walter Hagen (5), Tiger Woods (4), Sam Snead (3) and Gene Sarazen (3).
  • 19 have won five or more majors (last player to reach that mark: Phil Mickelson).
  • Scottie Scheffler has 2,842 FedExCup points, the sixth-highest total during the FedExCup Regular Season since the points format changed in 2009.
  • With a win, he would move to second-highest (3,442), trailing Jordan Spieth in 2014-15 (4,169).
  • For the second consecutive year, K.H. Lee is entering the PGA Championship having won the previous week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
  • The last player to win a major and the week before was Rory McIlroy in 2014 (WGC-Bridgestone Inv., PGA Championship).
  • Five players are making their first major championship appearance of their careers, including three PGA TOUR members (denoted by an asterisk): Kramer Hickok, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Jinichiro Kozuma, Chad Ramey and Adam Schenk*. Hickok and Schenk both got into the field as alternates.

PGA Championship Records

CategoryValuePlayerYear
Low 18 Hole Score6316 players in 17 instancesmost recent Brooks Koepka, 2019, R1
Low 36-hole score128Brooks Koepka2019
Low 54-hole score196David Toms2001
Low 72-hole score264Brooks Koepka2018
Holes-in-one (1983-present)28Most recent: Byeong Hun An2020
Largest 18-hole lead33 playersmost recent: Raymond Floyd, 1982
Largest 36-hole lead5Webb Simpson2018
Largest 54-hole lead7Brooks Koepka2019
Largest margin of victory8Rory McIlroy2012
Best come from behind win7John Mahaffey1978
Playoffs13Most recent: Keegan Bradley defeats Jason Dufner2011
Wire-to-wire winners5Most recent: Brooks Koepka2019

Strength of Field Stats At 2022 PGA Championship

CategoryNumberTop Ranked/
Most Recent
Top 30 FedEx Cup29Scottie Scheffler (1)
Top 125 FedEx Cup86
Top 10 OWGR10Scottie Scheffler (1)
Top 50 OWGR47Scottie Scheffler (1)
PGA TOUR Winners95Tiger Woods (82)
Past Champions14Colin Moriwawa (2020)
FedExCup Champions9Patrick Cantlay (2021) most recent
Players Winners13Cameron Smith (2022) Most recent
Major winners33Tiger Woods (15)

The 2022 PGA Championship Preview is via PGA TOUR

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