PGA Championship past winners are Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Kopeka, Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy, and Collin Morikawa.
It is one of the four significant golf championships played annually, alongside The Masters, the US Open, and The Open Championship. The tournament was first held in 1916 and won by some of the greatest golfers.
Today, the PGA Championship is a four-day stroke-play event with a field of the best golfers worldwide. The tournament winner is awarded the Wanamaker Trophy, one of the most prestigious trophies in golf.
Besides, it has a rich history of past winners, including legendary players like Walter Hagen, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. Each year, the tournament attracts the best golfers worldwide, all competing to add their names to the list of illustrious champions.
The 2023 PGA Championship is scheduled for May 18-21 on the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. Additionally, Jason Dufner was the Oak Hill Country Club's past winner, winning the tournament with a score of 270.
Oak Hill Country Club past winners include:
- Ken Tanigawa - Senior PGA Championship 2019
- Jason Dufner - PGA Championship 2013
- Jay Haas - Senior PGA Championship 2013
- Shaun Micheel - PGA Championship 2003
Justin Thomas - 2022
Justin Thomas claimed his second major title by winning the 2022 PGA Championship. The tournament was hosted at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Following an intense playoff with compatriot Will Zalatoris, Thomas clinched victory with a two-under score after three playoff holes.
His win came after he impressively bounced back from a seven-stroke deficit on Sunday, marking the biggest 54-hole comeback in a major championship since the 1999 Open Championship.
This triumph marked Thomas's first win since March 2021, when he emerged victorious in the Players Championship.
Aside from his two major wins, Thomas boasts a career tally of 15 PGA Tour victories, among them the 2021 Players Championship. All in all, Thomas has won 17 significant tournaments during his illustrious golf career.
On the other hand, as of May 2023, Jon Rahm is the favourite to win the PGA Championship 2023 with odds of +750. Other top favourites to win the tournament include Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, and Brooks Koepka.
Phil Mickelson - 2021
Phil Mickelson PGA championship in 2021 made him the oldest golfer to win a major title at age 50. He shot a final-round 73, finishing six-under for the tournament.
His impressive victory was secured by defeating Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen by a two-stroke lead.
With this win, he clinched his sixth major title, which tied him with other legendary golfers, Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo, and his first major title since 2013's Open Championship. He also won the PGA Championship in 2005 and three Masters titles in 2004, 2006, and 2010.
Besides his remarkable accomplishments, Mickelson joined the elite group of golfers who won in four decades. He now belongs to the prestigious circle, including Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd, and Davis Love III.
Mickelson's decision to join the Saudi-backed golf league LIV Golf drew criticism, but he made it known that he prefers LIV Golf over the PGA Tour, signing a contract reportedly worth around $200 million.
Collin Morikawa - 2020
Collin Morikawa's conquest at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco was a thrilling comeback win. It was his first major championship.
With an impressive final-round score of 64, he shot six-under-par, marking the lowest final round by a PGA champion in 25 years and binding his status as one of the stars of the golfing world in 2020.
At only 23 years old, Morikawa joined the elite group of golfers to have won the PGA Championship, joining some of the greatest players in the sport's history.
He triumphed over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson by a two-shot margin, with his signature shot of the tournament being the drive at No. 16, followed by an eagle putt, which led the PGA Tour in eagles for the year.
As of 2023, Collin Morikawa estimated net worth stands at around $6 million to $7 million.
Brooks Koepka - 2019
Brooks Koepka demonstrated his dominance at the PGA Championship, held at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York in 2019. He secured his second consecutive win at the tournament.
Similarly, the victory made him the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006-2007 to achieve back-to-back PGA Championship victories.
Koepka put on a stunning performance, shooting eight under par to win the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion.
Koepka's achievement was even more impressive, as he tied the PGA Championship list by opening with a 63 and broke the major championship record for 36 holes at 128. He credited his success partly to using his Mizuno JPX 919 Tour irons during the tournament.
Brooks Koepka - 2018
Brooks had a remarkable victory at the 2018 PGA Championship held at Bellerive Country Club. It was his second major win of the year after winning the U.S. Open earlier in 2018.
Koepka finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods, making him the fifth American player to acquire three majors before age 29, alongside golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Jordan Spieth, and Woods himself.
In the opening round, Gary Woodland led with five birdies on the back nine, leading by one over Rickie Fowler. An impressive 47 players ended the first day under par.
However, it was Koepka's record-breaking performance that stole the show. He tied the major championship history for the lowest total score with 264 and set a new PGA Championship record, previously held by David Toms, with his remarkable four-round total.
Justin Thomas - 2017
Justin Thomas won his maiden major title at the 2017 PGA Championship. The tournament was hosted at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He clinched the Championship with a score of 276 (−8), finishing two strokes ahead of Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, and Patrick Reed.
This was a significant victory for Thomas, marking the first major championship win of his career. During the final round, Thomas hit an impressive 7-iron to within 15 feet of the hole on the 17th hole, which he then birdied, giving him a two-shot lead.
In the United States, CBS televised the Championship, while TNT provided weekday and early weekend rounds coverage. In the United Kingdom, the BBC had the rights to broadcast the event live, having secured them over Sky Sports, which had screened the event since 1992.
Jimmy Walker - 2016
Jimmy Walker emerged as the winner of the PGA Championship hosted at the Baltusrol Golf Club on the Lower Course in Springfield Township in 2016.
This marked his first major championship win, as he completed the tournament with an impressive score of 14 under par, outscoring 2015 champion Jason Day by a single stroke.
Following the first round, Walker took the lead with a five-under-par 65, surpassing his competitors Ross Fisher, Martin Kaymer, and Emiliano Grillo.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, a two-time PGA winner, trailed nine shots after a four-over-par 74, while Dustin Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, was even further behind with a seven-over-par 77.
Jimmy Walker started his golf career in 2001 at 22 and played golf at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, before pursuing a professional career.
Jason Day - 2015
Jason Day clinched his first major career victory in the PGA Championship, held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, in 2015.
Day broke the previous major scoring record set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 Open Championship by finishing the tournament at an impressive 20-under-par, following a record-breaking round of 67 (−5).
Jordan Spieth came in second with a score of 271, while Branden Grace took third place with 273. Justin Rose followed closely behind in fourth place with a score of 274.
Furthermore, the victory listed Day as the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship in the first twenty years.
Rory Mcllroy - 2014
Rory McIlroy secured his second PGA Championship win in 2014, hosted at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. McIlroy scored 268, one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson.
McIlroy used a Nike Covert 2.0 driver and a Nike VR Pro Blade 3-iron to clinch the tournament.
Although McIlroy started the final round with a one-shot lead, he quickly fell behind with two bogeys on his first six holes. Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, and Henrik Stenson surged ahead with a birdie on the front nine.
Despite trailing by as much as three shots, McIlroy mounted a comeback with an eagle on the 10th hole, putting him within one shot of the lead. His competitors faltered with bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes, while McIlroy birdied the 13th and 17th to reach 16-under-par.
Ultimately, Mickelson's chip from off the green narrowly missed the eagle he needed to tie McIlroy on the 18th hole, while Rickie Fowler missed his lengthy putt. McIlroy emerged victorious, showcasing his impressive skills and determination to win.
Jason Dufner - 2013
Jason Dufner claimed his first major championship win at the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Dufner triumphed with a score of 270, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jim Furyk.
During the tournament's second round, he broke the course record at Oak Hill with an impressive score of 63, which also tied the record for the all-time lowest round in a major. Dufner used a Titleist 913D3 driver and a Titleist 712U 3-iron to win.
Dufner's 7-under-par 63 round broke the previous Oak Hill County Club course record, held by Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange, and tied in the same round by Webb Simpson.
Oak Hill's past winner, Dufner's skill and determination, were displayed throughout the tournament, and his victory marked a major milestone in his career.