US PGA Championship

PGA Championship 2023: Major form stats for this week's tournament at Oak Hill

Oak Hill: One of New York's foremost golfing venues
Major championship golf returns to Oak Hill after a gap of 10 years

Andy Swales checks out the form of a dozen leading contenders ahead of this week's PGA Championship in New York State...

  • Americans usually dominate in NY

  • Brooks and Dustin lead LIV challenge

  • Xander can end major wait


With the exception of Georgia, the home of Augusta National, no American state has hosted more major championships than New York.

Among the state's most prominent golfing venues are Winged Foot, Shinnecock Hills and the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

And this week it will be the turn of Oak Hill Country Club to welcome the world's biggest stars to the PGA Championship.

More than 30 majors have been held in this north-east state, and when the action tees-off at Oak Hill on Thursday, this event will become the 15th New York major during the last 40 years alone.

It is also a state that tends to crown American-born champions, with only two of these 15 winners - Retief Goosen (South Africa) and Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) - hailing from overseas.

During the same 40-year period, as many as 44 non-Americans have enjoyed major success on US soil - that's a strike rate of 36.67%, more than one in every three.

Looking ahead to Thursday's opening round, will Americans continue their NY domination, or will one of golf's overseas stars prosper at Oak Hill?

12 contenders for the second major title of 2023

Patrick Cantlay: At No 4 in the World Ranking is the highest-placed golfer yet to win a major. The eight-time PGA Tour winner has only ever registered three major top-10s, although his sole podium finish did at least happen in New York State four years ago.

Tony Finau: Is finally a proven winner, following a number of near-misses on the PGA Tour. The 33-year-old from Salt Lake City has won four times in 10 months, each of these successes by a margin of three strokes or more. Next stop a major championship, in which he's had 10 top-10s already. Is one of golf's most consistent current performers.

Matt Fitzpatrick: At No 7, is the third highest European in the World Ranking - behind Rahm and McIlroy. The reigning US Open champion tied-for-10th in last month's Masters, and followed this by winning a play-off for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.

Tyrrell Hatton: Has performed sneakingly well this year, with six top-10s so far, including five on the PGA Tour. Is up to No 17 in the World Ranking and a solid e/w option this week.

Dustin Johnson: Will tee-up this week on the back of winning the most recent 54-hole LIV Tour event in Tulsa. Two other top-10s this year.

Brooks Koepka: As a member of the rival Saudi-backed LIV Tour, the American proved his major credentials once again by finishing second in April's US Masters, after leading thru 54 holes. Was the winner in Orlando and third in Singapore on this year's LIV schedule.

Rory Mcilroy: Will be desperate to bounce back from his horror-show at The Masters where he missed the cut following a second round 77.

Jon Rahm: The undoubted world No 1 who claimed his second major title at Augusta National last month. Is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour already this year.

Xander Schauffele: Along with his good mate Patrick Cantlay, these two are arguably the best current players yet to win a major championship. Has posted top-10 finishes in each of his most recent five starts - which include Augusta National. Four times a podium finisher in majors.

Scottie Scheffler: During the past 16 months has firmly cemented his place among the current elite of world golf. Among his six PGA Tour titles since the start of 2022 are last year's Masters and this season's Players Championship.

Jordan Spieth: Despite being without a major victory in almost seven years, the 29-year-old remains a serious threat. Usually shows up when there is a major title at stake, and did so again in April when he tied-fourth at Augusta.

Cameron Young: Has shown a fondness for the majors in recent years. Twice a podium finisher - at St Andrews and Southern Hills - during 2022, and has sneaked his way up to No 15 in the World Ranking, albeit without a Tour victory. There has been six runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour.


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Major Stroke Averages

Lowest 15 in Major Championships (Since 1.1.19)
Average .... (Rounds)
70.23: Jon Rahm (62)
70.23: Scottie Scheffler (44)
70.37: Brooks Koepka (54)
70.42: Xander Schauffele (60)
70.52: Rory McIlroy (58)
70.55: Dustin Johnson (58)
70.56: Collin Morikawa (48)
70.96: Justin Thomas (54)
70.98: Viktor Hovland (47)
71.05: Jordan Spieth (60)
71.05: Tony Finau (58)
71.05: Hideki Matsuyama (58)
71.08: Shane Lowry (60)
71.09: Paul Casey (46)
71.09: Webb Simpson (54)
71.09: Aaron Wise (32)
Min. No. of Rounds = 30
Only those entered this week are included in table

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PGA Tour Consistency Chart

Most Times Within Eight Shots of Champion (since 1.1.23)
8: Jon Rahm
8: Scottie Scheffler
6: Jason Day
6: Tyrrell Hatton
6: Sung Jae Im
6: Jordan Spieth
5: Tony Finau
5: Sahith Theegala
Only those entered this week are included in table

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Majors

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player UM 23 BO 22 UO 22 PG 22 UM 22 BO 21 UO 21 PG 21 UM 21 UM 20
Jon Rahm 1 34 12 48 27 3 1 8 5 7
Scottie Scheffler 10 21 2 MC 1 8 7 8 18 19
Rory McIlroy MC 3 5 8 2 46 7 49 MC 5
Patrick Cantlay 14 8 14 MC 39 MC 15 23 MC 17
Xander Schauffele 10 15 14 13 MC 26 7 MC 3 17
Max Homa 43 MC 47 13 48 40 MC MC MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 10 21 1 5 14 26 55 23 34 46
Cameron Smith 34 1 MC 13 3 33 MC 59 10 2
Jordan Spieth 4 8 37 34 MC 2 19 30 3 46
Tony Finau 26 28 MC 30 35 15 MC 8 10 38
Viktor Hovland 7 4 MC 41 27 12 Wd 30 21
Sam Burns 29 42 27 20 MC 76 MC Wd
Justin Thomas MC 53 37 1 8 40 19 MC 21 4
Cameron Young 7 2 MC 3 MC MC
Collin Morikawa 10 MC 5 55 5 1 4 8 18 44
Tyrrell Hatton 34 11 56 13 52 MC MC 38 18 MC
Sung Jae Im 16 81 MC 8 35 17 MC 2
Jason Day 39 55 MC 44 MC MC
Joo Hyung Kim 16 47 23 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC 72 MC MC MC
Tommy Fleetwood 33 4 MC 5 14 33 50 MC 46 19
Hideki Matsuyama 16 68 4 60 14 26 23 1 13
Keegan Bradley 23 MC 7 48 MC 17
Sahith Theegala 9 34 MC
Shane Lowry 16 21 MC 23 3 12 65 4 21 25
Joaquin Niemann 16 53 47 23 35 59 31 30 40
Corey Conners MC 28 MC MC 6 15 MC 17 8 10
Russell Henley 4 62 MC 60 30 MC 13 71
Billy Horschel 52 21 MC 68 43 53 MC 23 50 38
Tom Hoge MC MC MC 9 39 46 64
Wyndham Clark 76 MC MC 75
Justin Rose 16 37 13 MC 46 MC 8 7 23
Brian Harman MC 6 43 34 MC 19 19 MC 12
Chris Kirk 23 42 5 MC MC
Si Woo Kim 29 15 MC 60 39 40 MC 12 34
Harris English 43 MC 61 46 3 64 21
Adam Scott 39 15 14 MC 48 46 35 MC 54 34
Sepp Straka 46 MC MC 78 30
Seamus Power 46 MC 12 9 27
Ryan Fox 26 MC MC 54 67
Abraham Ancer 39 11 9 MC 59 MC 8 26 13
Brooks Koepka 2 MC 55 55 MC 6 4 2 MC 7
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 23 MC 37 41 MC MC MC
Taylor Moore 39
Adrian Meronk MC 42 MC
Lucas Herbert 15 MC 13 MC MC 71
Matt Kuchar 34 MC MC MC MC MC
Patrick Reed 4 47 49 34 35 MC 19 17 8 10
Rickie Fowler 23 53 8 29
Aaron Wise 34 27 23 17
Thomas Pieters 48 28 27 71 MC MC
Keith Mitchell 53 MC 34 MC
JT Poston 34 MC 40 MC MC
Denny McCarthy 7 48 59
Alexander Noren MC MC MC MC 55
Guillermo Pereira 43 MC MC 3
Adam Svensson MC
Kevin Kisner MC 21 MC MC 44 73 55 MC MC MC
Taylor Montgomery MC 57
Mackenzie Hughes 29 MC 24 MC 50 6 15 MC 40
Min Woo Lee MC 21 27 MC 14 MC
Talor Gooch 34 34 MC 20 14 33 44
Harold Varner 29 28 MC 48 23 MC 49
Nick Taylor MC 29
Scott Stallings 26 MC MC
Victor Perez 34 MC MC MC MC MC 46
Brendon Todd MC MC MC 46 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC
Cameron Davis 48 46 59
Davis Riley 31 13
Andrew Putnam 31 MC
JJ Spaun MC 23 MC
Adam Hadwin 7 71 MC 40 64 MC
Gary Woodland 14 MC 10 34 MC MC 50 38 40 MC
Hayden Buckley 14 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68 MC 44 53 31 30 40 38
Phil Mickelson 2 MC MC MC 62 1 21 55
Emiliano Grillo MC 12 38
Justin Suh MC
Dustin Johnson 48 6 24 MC 12 8 19 MC MC 1
Davis Thompson
Brandon Wu MC
Ben Griffin
Dean Burmester 11 MC 40 59
Maverick McNealy 75 MC
Trey Mullinax 21
Callum Shinkwin
Adri Arnaus 76 MC 30
Thomas Detry 34 MC MC MC
Adam Schenk 24 41
Sadom Kaewkanjana 11 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC
Adrian Otaegui
Jordan L Smith 47 MC
Robert MacIntyre 34 77 23 8 35 49 12
Thriston Lawrence 42
Anirban Lahiri MC
Danny Willett MC 53 12 33 64 MC 25
Kazuki Higa MC MC
Ben Taylor
Alex Smalley
Yannik Paul MC
Patrick Rodgers 31 31
Sam Ryder MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 53 MC
Joel Dahmen 10 MC 46 55
Matthew NeSmith 37
Chez Reavie 59 40 MC 29
Rasmus Hojgaard 79
Matt Wallace 40 MC 55 34 46
David Lingmerth 49
David Lingmerth 49
Taylor Pendrith MC
Mark Hubbard
Rikuya Hoshino MC MC 60 MC 26 MC
Beau Hossler 53 69
Sam Stevens 49
Paul Casey 53 15 7 4 26 38
Francesco Molinari MC 15 MC 55 MC MC 13 52 MC
Eric Cole MC
Stephan Jaeger
Aaron Rai MC 19 MC
Brendan Steele 9 67 MC 77
Lee Hodges
Ockie Strydom
Lucas Glover 23 30 MC MC
Webb Simpson MC MC 20 35 19 MC 30 12 10
Michael Kim
Callum Tarren 31
Callum Tarren 31
Nick Hardy 14
Bryson DeChambeau MC 8 56 MC 33 26 38 46 34
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 72 4
Sihwan Kim MC
Jimmy Walker MC 70 64 MC 60
Zach Johnson 34 MC MC MC MC MC MC 51
Chesson Hadley
Nico Echavarria
David Micheluzzi
Luke Donald
Martin Kaymer MC MC 26 MC
Yong-Eun Yang MC Dq
Steven Alker
Greg Koch MC
John Daly MC MC MC
Alex Beach MC MC
Kenny Pigman
Michael Block MC
Colin Inglis MC
JJ Killeen
Shaun Micheel MC MC
John Somers
Wyatt Worthington MC
Matt Cahill
Anthony Cordes
Jesse Droemer
Chris French
Russell Grove
Steve Holmes
Ben Kern
Gabe Reynolds
Chris Sanger
Braden Shattuck
Josh Speight
Jeremy Wells

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