The PGA Championship, the second major men’s golf season, will be held at Oak Hill Country Club (par 70, 7,000) in Rochester, New York, USA for four days from the 18th (Korean time). 394 yards).
Following the Masters in April, this event, which will produce another ‘major champion’, will feature 156 world-class players competing to win.
The total prize money for the tournament has not yet been determined, but last year the total prize money was $15 million and the winning prize was $2.7 million (approximately 3.61 billion won).
The Wanamaker Trophy, given to the winner, is considered one of the most famous golf major championship trophy along with the Claret Jug, which is awarded to the Open champion.
The PGA Tour players and LIV series players’ ‘pride showdown’ that attracted fans’ attention at the Masters is also a point to watch at the PGA Championship.
Among the players participating in this year’s PGA Championship, 18 are from LIV.
At the Masters in April, on the last day of the tournament, Jon Lam (Spain) of the PGA Tour and Brooks Koepka (USA) of LIV competed for the championship, and Lam became the main character of the green jacket.
However, LIV players’ performances stood out, with LIV players Koepka and Phil Mickelson (USA) tied for second place, and Patrick Reed (USA) also tied for fourth place.
LIV, which was launched in June of last year, has not yet won a major tournament since then.
Last year’s Open Champion Cameron Smith (Australia) was on the PGA Tour when he won the championship, and later moved to LIV.
‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) is absent due to recent ankle surgery, and ‘Big 3’ Ram, Scotty Scheffler (USA), and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who are ranked 1st to 3rd in the world, are expected to compete for the championship. .
If Ram wins, he will stand at the top of three of the four major tournaments following the 2021 US Open and this year’s Masters. They can also win the two major tournaments held this year.
McIlroy, who missed the cut at the Masters, will challenge for the third time in his career following 2012 and 2014.
Justin Thomas (USA), who won this event last year, is also aiming to win the PGA Championship three times, including in 2017.
Jordan Spieth (USA) can achieve the ‘Career Grand Slam’ by winning only this tournament.
The LIV players who oppose this are also not easy.
In particular, Mickelson, who finished runner-up at the Masters, wrote the myth of the first ever ’50 major champion’ in this competition in 2021.
He also won two straight PGA Championships in 2018 and 2019 with Koepkado.
The number of PGA Championship victories over the past five years is three times for LIV, ahead of the PGA Tour, Colin Morikawa (USA먹튀검증) in 2020 and Thomas twice in 2022.
Korean players will also challenge for the second major championship after Yang Yong-eun in this event in 2009.
Lim Seong-jae left for the United States happily after winning the KPGA Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship, which ended in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th by a 5-stroke come-from-behind victory.
In addition to Lim Seong-jae and Kim Si-woo, Korean players include Kim Joo-hyung, Lee Kyung-hoon, and Yang Yong-eun.
On the final day of this tournament in 2009, Yang Yong-eun performed an amazing come-from-behind drama against Woods and achieved the splendid feat of becoming the first Asian male player to ascend to the major throne.
Since then, the only Asian player to win the men’s major tournament is Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) of the 2021 Masters.
This is the fourth time the PGA Championship has been held at Oak Hill Country Club, following 1980, 2003 and 2013.
In 1980, Jack Nicklaus (USA) won an overwhelming victory by 7 strokes, but this is where somewhat unexpected winners such as Sean Meekil in 2003 and Jason Dufner (USA) in 2013 came out.
The length of the course is 250 yards longer than in the 2013 tournament, and holes 6 (503 yards) and 17 (502 yards) are par 4 holes over 500 yards. Hole 18 (par 4, 497 yards) has a narrow fairway, and hole 11 (245 yards) is also a long par 3.