PGA Championship 2021: Check out current form ahead of this week's major in South Carolina

Kiawah Island: Hosted the PGA Championship in 2012
Kiawah Island: A coastal layout which runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean

With the PGA Championship starting this Thursday, check out the current form of those teeing-up at Kiawah Island. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Since America triumphed at the 1991 Ryder Cup, it's generally been an unlucky venue for home golfers."

Just 39 days after Hideki Matsuyama claimed the biggest prize ever won by a Japanese golfer, the second major championship of 2021 will tee-off in South Carolina.

This week's PGA Championship takes place at Kiawah Island which became famous 30 years ago when it hosted the most fractious Ryder Cup of all time.

In September 1991, unruly and rowdy spectators helped to create an atmosphere so hostile that the match was dubbed the 'War On The Shore' by the golfing media.

The Americans snatched a narrow 14½-13½ victory after Bernhard Langer missed a five-foot putt for a tie, on the final green of the final singles.

Langer remarked, many years later, "it was the first time the Ryder Cup nearly got out of hand."

Paul Azinger, now a TV commentator, became embroiled in an argument with Seve Ballesteros and famously made a crass comment comparing his team's success at Kiawah Island, to his country going to war with Iraq earlier that year.

Spaniard Manuel Pinero, who played in 1981 and 1985, and was helping European skipper Bernard Gallacher in 1991, described the week as his worst experience at a Ryder Cup.

He said the fans became "too involved in matches" and at times were "too close to the players." He admitted being "worried about the future of the Ryder Cup".

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Thankfully, 21 years later, the atmosphere was much calmer when Kiawah's Ocean Course staged its first major championship which was won by a 23-year-old Rory McIlroy.

And it's back to the beach again this week, when the players travel to the Atlantic coast for the 103rd PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, situated some 25 miles south-west of Charleston.

Venue

The Ocean Course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye, and opened in 1976.

Thanks largely to its coastal location, the venue certainly resembles that of a British links course, with weather to match.

The Ocean Course is reckoned to be one of America's toughest layouts, with the 2012 PGA Championship being the first major in history to be contested on fairways and putting surfaces covered by paspalum grass.

Sand and coastal scrub is in plentiful supply on most holes, and there are many twists and turns, and fairway-kinks, along the way.

Water is realistically a threat on 10 holes, and maybe a few more depending on how wayward a golfer is.

Kiawah tournaments

Since America triumphed at the 1991 Ryder Cup, it's generally been an unlucky venue for home golfers.

In 1997, when the World Cup of Golf was staged here, the tournament was won by Ireland, with Scotland runners-up. Colin Montgomerie won the individual event while the United States, represented by Justin Leonard and Davis Love, joined forces to finish third.

Leonard and Love had both won majors that year, but were unable to prevent European golfers from occupying the top four positions in the individual competition.

Six years later the World Cup of Golf returned to Kiawah and was won by South Africa. England, France and Germany came next, with the hosts - represented by Jim Furyk and Leonard - finishing in a tie for fifth, alongside Ireland. The format had changed by then, and there was no individual event.

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Another nine years on, and to the final major of 2012, which witnessed McIlroy's amazing eight-stroke triumph - and it remains a record winning margin for the PGA Championship. Englishman David Lynn finished as runner-up, with seven Europeans and three Americans occupying the top 10 positions.

In many ways, Europe has exacted its Kiawah revenge over the United States, many times, since the infamous Ryder Cup of 1991.

Meanwhile, the PGA of America has agreed for 10,000 fans to attend this week's tournament on a daily basis.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Kiawah Island 2012

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11
Dustin Johnson 48 13 MC 28 48
Justin Thomas 26 13 21 42 1
Jon Rahm 34 MC 7 5 5 9
Bryson DeChambeau 55 9 46 42 3
Xander Schauffele 14 11 3 18 MC
Collin Morikawa MC 7 18 56 41
Rory McIlroy 1 MC 28 MC
Patrick Reed 6 MC 8 28 22
Tyrrell Hatton 8 39 18 56 MC
Webb Simpson 9 12 28 MC
Viktor Hovland 3 3 25 21 42 MC
Brooks Koepka MC MC
Patrick Cantlay MC 11 MC MC 18 MC
Tony Finau MC 17 10 MC 28 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 39 1 30 42 MC
Daniel Berger 3 13 MC 18 9
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 4 34 18 9
Billy Horschel 4 25 50 1 58
Abraham Ancer 2 5 18 26 23 18 22
Paul Casey 21 MC 26 28 5
Sung Jae Im MC 29 MC 13 MC 42 8 17
Scottie Scheffler 47 29 8 18 54 2 MC
Lee Westwood 21 63 MC 18 MC 2
Jordan Spieth 9 3 1 9 48
Harris English 13 43 MC 21 42
Cameron Smith 1 9 10 28 17
Tommy Fleetwood 14 MC 46 5 MC
Joaquin Niemann 18 8 40 18 25 29
Will Zalatoris 17 MC 42 2 28 21
Ryan Palmer 47 63 7 34 17 17 17
Louis Oosthuizen 8 2 26 61 41
Victor Perez MC 4 9
Jason Kokrak 13 21 49 42 9
Kevin Na 29 MC 12 42 Wd
Sam Burns 2 1 4 39 MC MC
Adam Scott 54 13 48
Corey Conners 43 21 4 8 14 61 7
Marc Leishman 21 1 5 28 MC
Max Homa MC 6 17 MC 18 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 33 40 56 41
Justin Rose MC 11 7
Stewart Cink 37 1 12 19 MC
Kevin Kisner MC MC MC MC 18 MC
Robert MacIntyre 8 59 12 9 MC
Sergio Garcia MC MC MC 5 9
Shane Lowry 65 9 21 42 36 8
Brian Harman 18 13 12 5 3
Matt Kuchar 17 18 MC 12 3 MC
Si Woo Kim 55 33 12 23 56 9
Garrick Higgo 1 8 1 4 MC 16 19
Matt Wallace 6 23 18 34 3 28 MC
Gary Woodland 5 MC 40 6 MC
Carlos Ortiz 21 65 MC MC 42 MC
Bubba Watson 18 13 8 26 9 MC
Matt Jones 37 MC 26 1 55
Russell Henley 72 MC 9 28 3 MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC 52 40 9 36 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 1 58 29 23 56 23 MC 41
Brendon Todd 27 39 46 42 35
Bernd Wiesberger 34 40 MC 42 MC
Lanto Griffin 26 MC MC MC 34 61 35
Jason Day MC MC MC 42 35
Kevin Streelman 26 MC MC 33 9 36 MC
Chris Kirk MC 27 7 6 25 48
Ian Poulter MC 21 48 26 9 MC MC
Joel Dahmen 18 MC 74 1 MC
Cameron Tringale MC 3 MC 9 13 MC
Sebastian Munoz 55 MC MC 40 9 61 MC
Keegan Bradley 18 2 4 23 30 29
Antoine Rozner MC MC 15 18 1
Charley Hoffman 18 11 18 2 34 17
Andy Sullivan 6 71 42 19
Talor Gooch 39 26 MC 17 56 46 5
Emiliano Grillo 14 MC 2 6 MC
Erik van Rooyen MC MC MC 17 14 9 60
Takumi Kanaya 7 15 16 1
Danie van Tonder MC 57 2 1 MC 2
John Catlin MC 5 52 1 MC 28 42
Dylan Frittelli MC 56 MC 9 MC 22
Chan Kim 15 9 2 MC
Brendan Steele 70 4 77 3 41
Harold Varner MC MC 2 MC 19 61
Adam Long MC MC MC MC 28 MC 22
JT Poston 26 54 MC 28 MC 22
Brandon Stone MC MC 1 7
Sam Horsfield 21 MC 4 15 3 8
Martin Kaymer MC 3 MC
Thomas Pieters MC 8 13 13
Cameron Champ 55 17 26 34 MC
Aaron Rai 30 24 MC
Branden Grace 54 MC 42 23 MC
Danny Willett 11 MC 8 18 MC MC 8
Dean Burmester 6 4 1 38 MC MC 8 Wd
Lucas Herbert MC MC 46
Martin Laird 61 MC MC 38 30 69
Thomas Detry 43 71 13 9
George Coetzee 14 MC 16 MC
Sami Valimaki 21 27 22
Rikuya Hoshino 1 15 23 1 MC
Charl Schwartzel 3 14 21 2 26 69 53 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC MC MC 12 MC
Alexander Noren 21 21 21 25 46 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC MC 15 MC 2 9
Adam Hadwin MC MC MC 23 8 29
Maverick McNealy MC MC 4 MC MC
Tom Hoge MC MC MC MC 25 12 MC 22
Kalle Samooja 9 3 MC 12 28
Richy Werenski 37 MC 3 MC MC MC
Chez Reavie MC MC MC MC MC MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 48 8 25 54 56 36 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 11 2 MC 50
Jason Scrivener MC
Phil Mickelson 69 MC 21 MC 25 35
Byeong Hun An MC 67 MC MC MC MC MC
Henrik Norlander MC 48 21 MC MC MC MC
Zach Johnson 51 29 MC MC MC 8 41
Lucas Glover MC 48 MC 33 4 19 48
Rickie Fowler MC MC 17 65 MC
Robert Streb MC MC 52 MC 13 MC
Cameron Davis 26 MC 25 69 33 MC
Henrik Stenson 63 11 38 MC MC MC
Aaron Wise 55 9 MC 44 13 65
Francesco Molinari MC 52 MC
Matthew NeSmith 58 21 MC 48 34 36 MC
Jim Herman MC MC 53 53 MC
Harry Higgs MC MC MC 59 MC 19 29
Wyndham Clark 39 43 60 17 64 MC MC
Keith Mitchell 26 3 69 4 17 53 MC
Denny McCarthy MC 39 13 34 3 55
CT Pan 18 MC MC MC 3 MC
Peter Malnati 43 MC 31 MC MC MC MC
Brandon Hagy 26 60 28 MC 17 MC 2
Hudson Swafford MC MC MC MC 6 MC MC
Patton Kizzire 3 58 60 MC 9 MC 35
Brian Gay MC MC MC MC 46 MC
Steve Stricker 13 MC
Padraig Harrington MC 69 56 MC
Jason Dufner 43 57 MC MC MC 53 MC
Jimmy Walker MC 72 29 MC 59 58 MC
Yong-Eun Yang MC Wd
Benjamin Cook
Rob Labritz
Rich Beem
Vijay Singh MC MC
Daniel Balin
Alex Beach MC
Omar Uresti MC
Ben Polland
Shaun Micheel
John Daly
Tyler Collet
Stuart L Smith
Frank Bensel
Brett Walker
Sonny Skinner
Joe Summerhays
Pete Ballo
Mark Geddes
Larkin Gross
Derek Holmes
Greg Koch
Brad Marek
Tim Pearce
Patrick Rada
Player 2012
Dustin Johnson 48
Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm
Bryson DeChambeau
Xander Schauffele
Collin Morikawa
Rory McIlroy 1
Patrick Reed
Tyrrell Hatton
Webb Simpson MC
Viktor Hovland
Brooks Koepka
Patrick Cantlay
Tony Finau
Hideki Matsuyama
Daniel Berger
Matt Fitzpatrick
Billy Horschel
Abraham Ancer
Paul Casey MC
Sung Jae Im
Scottie Scheffler
Lee Westwood MC
Jordan Spieth
Harris English
Cameron Smith
Tommy Fleetwood
Joaquin Niemann
Will Zalatoris
Ryan Palmer MC
Louis Oosthuizen 21
Victor Perez
Jason Kokrak
Kevin Na Dq
Sam Burns
Adam Scott 11
Corey Conners
Marc Leishman 27
Max Homa
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Justin Rose 3
Stewart Cink MC
Kevin Kisner
Robert MacIntyre
Sergio Garcia MC
Shane Lowry
Brian Harman
Matt Kuchar MC
Si Woo Kim
Garrick Higgo
Matt Wallace
Gary Woodland 42
Carlos Ortiz
Bubba Watson 11
Matt Jones
Russell Henley
Mackenzie Hughes
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Brendon Todd
Bernd Wiesberger MC
Lanto Griffin
Jason Day MC
Kevin Streelman
Chris Kirk
Ian Poulter 3
Joel Dahmen
Cameron Tringale 72
Sebastian Munoz
Keegan Bradley 3
Antoine Rozner
Charley Hoffman MC
Andy Sullivan
Talor Gooch
Emiliano Grillo
Erik van Rooyen
Takumi Kanaya
Danie van Tonder
John Catlin
Dylan Frittelli
Chan Kim
Brendan Steele
Harold Varner
Adam Long
JT Poston
Brandon Stone
Sam Horsfield
Martin Kaymer MC
Thomas Pieters
Cameron Champ
Aaron Rai
Branden Grace MC
Danny Willett
Dean Burmester
Lucas Herbert
Martin Laird 42
Thomas Detry
George Coetzee MC
Sami Valimaki
Rikuya Hoshino
Charl Schwartzel 59
Rasmus Hojgaard
Alexander Noren 66
Kurt Kitayama
Adam Hadwin
Maverick McNealy
Tom Hoge
Kalle Samooja
Richy Werenski
Chez Reavie 62
Tom Lewis
Jazz Janewattananond
Jason Scrivener
Phil Mickelson 36
Byeong Hun An
Henrik Norlander
Zach Johnson 70
Lucas Glover MC
Rickie Fowler MC
Robert Streb
Cameron Davis
Henrik Stenson
Aaron Wise
Francesco Molinari 54
Matthew NeSmith
Jim Herman
Harry Higgs
Wyndham Clark
Keith Mitchell
Denny McCarthy
CT Pan
Peter Malnati
Brandon Hagy
Hudson Swafford
Patton Kizzire
Brian Gay
Steve Stricker 7
Padraig Harrington 18
Jason Dufner 27
Jimmy Walker 21
Yong-Eun Yang 36
Benjamin Cook
Rob Labritz
Rich Beem 36
Vijay Singh 36
Daniel Balin MC
Alex Beach
Omar Uresti
Ben Polland
Shaun Micheel MC
John Daly 18
Tyler Collet
Stuart L Smith
Frank Bensel MC
Brett Walker
Sonny Skinner
Joe Summerhays
Pete Ballo
Mark Geddes
Larkin Gross
Derek Holmes
Greg Koch
Brad Marek
Tim Pearce
Patrick Rada

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