PGA Championship 2021: Major form analysis ahead of this week's event at Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island has previously hosted one PGA Championship (2012) and a Ryder Cup (1991)
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island closely resembles that of a British Isles links course

With Rory McIlroy returning to a course where he has already tasted glory, why not check out the major stats for all those teeing-up this week, compiled by Andy Swales...

"It remains a record winning margin for the PGA Championship and McIlroy’s career history for Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course reads: One start, one major title."

Rory McIlroy's long overdue victory at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month has certainly spiced up the world of golf.

The 32-year-old from Northern Ireland ended 18 months without a title, as he sneaked home by a single shot in North Carolina.

During this period his World Ranking had slipped from 1st to 15th, and when he arrived at the Wells Fargo event, he'd recently missed the cut at both Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass.

After opening with a one-over-par 72, which left him in a tie for 73rd, McIlroy covered the remaining 54 holes in 202 shots - four strokes better than anyone else.

It was his third victory at Quail Hollow in 11 attempts, to which you can add a further five top-10 finishes.

A golfer of McIlroy's stature doesn't become a bad one overnight, and Quail Hollow injected him with that much-needed confidence boost which seems to have been lacking over the past year.

Returning to a course where he had enjoyed plenty of success in the past obviously did the trick for Mac.

McIlroy will feel in a much-better place than he was just a few weeks ago, and he now heads to the second major championship of 2021 in excellent shape.

And the good news for him, and bad news for everyone else, is that when he arrives at Kiawah Island for this week's PGA Championship it will evoke more good memories for McIlroy from nine years ago.

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At the age of 23 years and five months, he collected his second major title, romping to an eight-shot victory over the same South Carolina course.

It remains a record winning margin for the PGA Championship and McIlroy's career history for Kiawah Island's Ocean Course reads: One start, one major title.

Those feel-good vibes he obviously enjoys at Quail Hollow, will probably return when he tees-up at Kiawah.

It's now five months short of seven years since he last tasted success in a major championship but he'll be raring to go once again thanks to his fantastic final 54 holes in North Carolina two weeks ago.

So with Rory chasing a fifth career major, what of the other movers and shakers in world golf? Ten to follow:

Dustin Johnson: Worrying times for the world No 1 who hasn't posted a top-10 in his last six outings - and only one of these inside the top-25.

Brooks Koepka: The major king of recent times, thanks to four slam wins from eight starts. However, the 31-year-old is currently fighting back from a serious knee injury and has played just four competitive rounds since the end of February. He missed the cut by three strokes in last week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

Jordan Spieth: When his confidence is high, Spieth is one golfer you can guarantee will bring his 'A-game' to a major championship. Seven T10s from his last nine outings, including a victory at the Texas Open.

Shane Lowry: The still reigning Open Champion will probably feel at home playing alongside the Atlantic Ocean on a course which certainly portrays a links feel. Highest finish of 2021 so far is tied-8th at Sawgrass, followed by another top-10 at Harbour Town, which is a coastal venue in South Carolina.

Collin Morikawa: The defending PGA champion looks rock solid in two important Strokes Gained categories. He currently leads SG: Approach The Green, and is second in SG: Tee-to-Green.

Bryson DeChambeau: Although Kiawah does not appear to be a course that will necessarily favour the longer hitters, the stats show that the American's overall game is in good health. Is top of the PGA Tour categories SG: Tee-to-Green and SG: Off-the-tee.

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Daniel Berger/Viktor Hovland: Among those chasing a first major title are Hovland and Berger. Both are playing well right now, and are inside the world's top-20. Berger won at Pebble Beach earlier this year and stood on the podium again at the weekend. Meanwhile Hovland, winner in Mexico last December, has since had four podium finishes on the PGA Tour.

Keegan Bradley/Justin Rose: Two players who stood on the podium when Kiawah staged the PGA Championship nine years ago. It's almost 10 years since Bradley won his solitary major, but he has shown some decent form in recent weeks. Although an outsider for the title, might be worth an each-way punt. The same goes for Rose who has slipped down the World Ranking during the past year. However, he still has the perfect game to handle major championship layouts.

Click here to view Scoring Ratings (and explanation) for recent majors staged on US soil (since Jan 1st, 2018)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Majors Key: M (Masters); U (US Open); B (The Open (British)); P (PGA Championship)

Last 10 Majors / PGA Ch`ship Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 21M 20M 20U 20P 19B 19U 19P 19M 18P 18B
Dustin Johnson MC 1 6 2 51 35 2 2 27 MC
Justin Thomas 21 4 8 37 11 MC 12 6 MC
Jon Rahm 5 7 23 13 11 3 MC 9 4 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 46 34 1 4 MC 35 MC 29 MC 51
Xander Schauffele 3 17 5 10 41 3 16 2 35 2
Collin Morikawa 18 44 MC 1 35
Rory McIlroy MC 5 8 33 MC 9 8 21 50 2
Patrick Reed 8 10 13 13 10 32 MC 36 MC 28
Tyrrell Hatton 18 MC MC MC 6 21 48 56 10 51
Webb Simpson 12 10 8 37 30 16 29 5 19 12
Viktor Hovland 21 13 33 12 32
Brooks Koepka MC 7 29 4 2 1 2 1 39
Patrick Cantlay MC 17 43 43 41 21 3 9 27 12
Tony Finau 10 38 8 4 3 MC 64 5 42 9
Hideki Matsuyama 1 13 17 22 MC 21 16 32 35 MC
Daniel Berger MC 34 13 49 71 12 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 34 46 MC MC 20 12 41 21 MC MC
Billy Horschel 50 38 38 43 MC 32 23 56 35
Abraham Ancer 26 13 56 43 MC 49 16 MC
Paul Casey 26 38 17 2 57 21 29 MC MC 51
Sung Jae Im MC 2 22 MC MC MC 42
Scottie Scheffler 18 19 4 MC
Lee Westwood MC 38 13 4 MC 61
Jordan Spieth 3 46 MC 71 20 65 3 21 12 9
Harris English 21 4 19 58
Cameron Smith 10 2 38 43 20 72 64 51 56 78
Tommy Fleetwood 46 19 MC 29 2 65 48 36 35 12
Joaquin Niemann 40 23 MC MC MC 71
Will Zalatoris 2 6
Ryan Palmer 34 MC 43 MC MC
Louis Oosthuizen 26 23 3 33 20 7 60 29 28
Victor Perez MC 46 MC 22
Jason Kokrak 49 MC 17 MC 32 23 19 MC
Kevin Na 12 13 MC MC MC MC 46 19 51
Sam Burns 29
Adam Scott 54 34 38 22 MC 7 8 18 3 17
Corey Conners 8 10 MC MC MC 64 46
Marc Leishman 5 13 MC MC MC 35 MC 49 71 60
Max Homa MC MC MC MC 64
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 40 38 55 MC MC
Justin Rose 7 23 MC 9 20 3 29 MC 19 2
Stewart Cink 12 20 MC 4 24
Kevin Kisner MC MC MC 19 30 49 MC 21 12 2
Robert MacIntyre 12 56 66 6
Sergio Garcia MC MC MC 67 52 MC MC MC MC
Shane Lowry 21 25 43 66 1 28 8 MC 12 MC
Brian Harman 12 38 58 MC MC 71 MC
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC MC 41 16 8 12 MC 9
Si Woo Kim 12 34 MC 13 MC MC MC 21 MC 67
Garrick Higgo
Matt Wallace 34 46 43 77 51 12 3 MC 19 MC
Gary Woodland 40 MC MC 58 MC 1 8 32 6 67
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 52
Bubba Watson 26 57 31 71 51 MC MC 12 MC MC
Matt Jones 26 MC MC MC MC
Russell Henley 37 50 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 40 MC 58
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC
Brendon Todd 46 MC 23 17 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 40 58 43 43 32 76
Lanto Griffin MC MC 43 19
Jason Day MC MC 38 4 MC 21 23 5 19 17
Kevin Streelman MC 58 57 MC
Chris Kirk 31
Ian Poulter 26 25 MC 22 MC MC MC 12 31 MC
Joel Dahmen MC 10 MC MC 71
Cameron Tringale Dq
Sebastian Munoz 40 19 59 MC
Keegan Bradley MC MC MC MC 29 43 42 79
Antoine Rozner
Charley Hoffman 51 54 29 MC 17
Andy Sullivan MC MC MC MC
Talor Gooch MC
Emiliano Grillo 66 MC 58 23 62 31 MC
Erik van Rooyen Wd 23 51 20 43 8 17
Takumi Kanaya MC MC 58
Danie van Tonder
John Catlin
Dylan Frittelli MC 5 33 32 MC 31 MC
Chan Kim MC MC MC MC
Brendan Steele 22 MC 47
Harold Varner 29 36
Adam Long 13 51 41 MC
JT Poston MC MC 75 60
Brandon Stone MC MC 12 61
Sam Horsfield MC
Martin Kaymer MC MC 35 MC 51 42 MC
Thomas Pieters 23 67 MC 23 6 28
Cameron Champ 26 19 MC 10 54
Aaron Rai
Branden Grace MC 51 MC MC 58 27 MC
Danny Willett MC 25 MC MC 6 12 41 MC MC 24
Dean Burmester MC
Lucas Herbert 31 MC 71 51
Martin Laird 38
Thomas Detry 49
George Coetzee MC
Sami Valimaki MC
Rikuya Hoshino
Charl Schwartzel 26 25 58 MC 42 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC
Alexander Noren 17 22 11 MC 54 62 MC 17
Kurt Kitayama MC 51 MC 64
Adam Hadwin MC 54 58 57 29 MC 35
Maverick McNealy
Tom Hoge 58 43
Kalle Samooja
Richy Werenski MC MC MC
Chez Reavie 29 MC 75 MC 3 14 12 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 11 MC 47
Jazz Janewattananond 51 MC MC MC 14 MC
Jason Scrivener
Phil Mickelson 21 55 MC 71 MC 52 71 18 MC 24
Byeong Hun An MC MC 22 32 16 MC 56 51
Henrik Norlander
Zach Johnson MC 51 8 MC MC 58 54 58 19 17
Lucas Glover MC 17 MC 20 MC 16
Rickie Fowler 29 49 MC 6 43 36 9 12 28
Robert Streb MC
Cameron Davis 39
Henrik Stenson 38 MC MC MC 20 9 48 36 MC 35
Aaron Wise 41 35 41 17 MC
Francesco Molinari 52 MC 11 16 48 5 6 1
Matthew NeSmith
Jim Herman 53 MC 77
Harry Higgs
Wyndham Clark MC
Keith Mitchell 43 MC MC MC 43
Denny McCarthy 58
CT Pan MC 7 MC MC MC MC
Peter Malnati
Brandon Hagy
Hudson Swafford MC
Patton Kizzire MC MC MC 18 MC MC
Brian Gay MC Wd 79
Steve Stricker MC MC MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC MC
Jason Dufner MC 35 MC MC 51
Jimmy Walker MC 60 MC MC MC MC 23 36 42 MC
Yong-Eun Yang MC MC
Benjamin Cook MC MC
Rob Labritz MC 60
Rich Beem MC 80 MC
Vijay Singh MC Ret MC 78
Daniel Balin MC MC MC MC
Alex Beach MC MC
Omar Uresti MC
Ben Polland
Shaun Micheel MC MC MC
John Daly MC MC
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 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 2 2 27 13 MC 7 8 48 MC
Justin Thomas 37 6 1 66 18
Jon Rahm 13 MC 4 58
Bryson DeChambeau 4 MC MC 33
Xander Schauffele 10 16 35 MC
Collin Morikawa 1
Rory McIlroy 33 8 50 22 MC 17 1 8 1 64
Patrick Reed 13 MC MC 2 13 30 58
Tyrrell Hatton MC 48 10 MC 10 25
Webb Simpson 37 29 19 33 13 54 MC 25 MC MC
Viktor Hovland 33
Brooks Koepka 29 1 1 13 4 5 15 70
Patrick Cantlay 43 3 27 33
Tony Finau 4 64 42 44 MC 10
Hideki Matsuyama 22 16 35 5 4 37 35 19
Daniel Berger 13 71 12 MC 73 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 41 MC MC 49
Billy Horschel 43 23 35 48 79 25 58 MC
Abraham Ancer 43 16
Paul Casey 2 29 MC 13 10 30 MC 33 MC 72
Sung Jae Im MC MC 42
Scottie Scheffler 4
Lee Westwood MC 67 85 43 15 33 MC 8
Jordan Spieth 71 3 12 28 13 2 MC MC
Harris English 19 60 48 MC 61
Cameron Smith 43 64 56 MC 25
Tommy Fleetwood 29 48 35 61 MC MC
Joaquin Niemann MC MC 71
Will Zalatoris
Ryan Palmer 43 MC 42 MC 5 47 MC 19
Louis Oosthuizen 33 60 2 22 30 15 21 MC
Victor Perez 22
Jason Kokrak MC 23 19 33 49 MC MC
Kevin Na MC MC 19 MC 22 MC MC Dq 10
Sam Burns 29
Adam Scott 22 8 3 61 18 MC 15 5 11 7
Corey Conners MC 64
Marc Leishman MC MC 71 13 60 MC 46 12 27
Max Homa MC 64
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC
Justin Rose 9 29 19 MC 22 4 24 33 3 MC
Stewart Cink 4 MC MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner 19 MC 12 7 18 MC
Robert MacIntyre 66
Sergio Garcia MC MC MC MC MC 54 35 61 MC 12
Shane Lowry 66 8 12 48 MC MC 46 57
Brian Harman 58 MC 71 13 MC 40
Matt Kuchar MC 8 MC 9 MC 7 22 MC 19
Si Woo Kim 13 MC MC Wd MC
Garrick Higgo
Matt Wallace 77 3 19
Gary Woodland 58 8 6 22 MC MC 74 42 12
Carlos Ortiz MC
Bubba Watson 71 MC MC MC 60 21 64 MC 11 26
Matt Jones MC 79 21 46 40
Russell Henley 37 50 71 22 12 MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes 58 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Brendon Todd 17 MC 72
Bernd Wiesberger 43 MC MC MC 15 MC MC
Lanto Griffin 19
Jason Day 4 23 19 9 2 1 15 8 MC MC
Kevin Streelman 58 MC MC 54 MC 12 62
Chris Kirk 31 MC MC MC 57 34
Ian Poulter 22 MC 31 22 MC 58 61 3 39
Joel Dahmen 10 71
Cameron Tringale Dq 84 MC Dq 72 MC
Sebastian Munoz MC
Keegan Bradley MC 29 42 33 42 61 MC 19 3 1
Antoine Rozner
Charley Hoffman 54 MC 48 MC MC MC 40 MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC MC 49 MC
Talor Gooch MC
Emiliano Grillo 66 23 31 MC 13 61
Erik van Rooyen 51 8
Takumi Kanaya
Danie van Tonder
John Catlin
Dylan Frittelli 33 MC 31 63
Chan Kim MC
Brendan Steele 22 MC MC MC 12 58 19
Harold Varner 29 36 MC
Adam Long 51 41
JT Poston 75 60
Brandon Stone MC 12 MC MC
Sam Horsfield
Martin Kaymer MC MC 42 7 12 MC 33 MC MC
Thomas Pieters 23 6 MC 86
Cameron Champ 10 54
Aaron Rai
Branden Grace MC 27 MC 4 3 46 MC MC
Danny Willett MC 41 MC MC 79 54 30 40
Dean Burmester
Lucas Herbert MC 71
Martin Laird MC MC MC 42 MC
Thomas Detry
George Coetzee 60 7 MC MC MC
Sami Valimaki
Rikuya Hoshino
Charl Schwartzel 58 42 48 42 37 15 MC 59 12
Rasmus Hojgaard
Alexander Noren 22 54 MC 67 49 MC 66 34
Kurt Kitayama 51 64
Adam Hadwin 58 29 MC MC
Maverick McNealy
Tom Hoge 58
Kalle Samooja
Richy Werenski MC MC
Chez Reavie 75 14 12 22 62
Tom Lewis MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC 14
Jason Scrivener
Phil Mickelson 71 71 MC MC 33 18 2 72 36 19
Byeong Hun An 22 MC 56 28 MC MC
Henrik Norlander
Zach Johnson MC 54 19 48 33 MC 69 8 70 59
Lucas Glover MC 16 33 MC MC MC
Rickie Fowler MC 36 12 5 33 30 3 19 MC 51
Robert Streb 22 7 10
Cameron Davis
Henrik Stenson MC 48 MC 13 7 25 3 3
Aaron Wise 41 MC
Francesco Molinari 48 6 2 22 54 58 33 54 34
Matthew NeSmith
Jim Herman 77 44 MC
Harry Higgs
Wyndham Clark MC
Keith Mitchell 43 MC
Denny McCarthy 58
CT Pan MC MC
Peter Malnati MC
Brandon Hagy
Hudson Swafford MC
Patton Kizzire MC MC 49
Brian Gay Wd 79 MC MC
Steve Stricker MC MC 54 42 30 7 12 7 12
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 13 MC MC MC 18 64
Jason Dufner MC MC MC 58 60 68 Wd 1 27 2
Jimmy Walker MC 23 42 MC 1 MC 7 MC 21
Yong-Eun Yang MC MC MC MC 48 MC MC 36 69
Benjamin Cook MC MC
Rob Labritz MC 60 MC MC
Rich Beem MC 80 MC MC 73 MC MC MC 36 MC
Vijay Singh 78 66 MC 37 35 68 36 MC
Daniel Balin MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alex Beach MC MC MC
Omar Uresti MC 73 MC MC
Ben Polland MC MC
Shaun Micheel MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 74
John Daly MC MC MC MC MC MC 18 MC
Tyler Collet
Stuart L Smith
Frank Bensel MC
Brett Walker
Sonny Skinner MC
Joe Summerhays MC
Pete Ballo
Mark Geddes
Larkin Gross
Derek Holmes
Greg Koch
Brad Marek
Tim Pearce
Patrick Rada

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