US PGA Championship

PGA Championship 2024: Major form stats for this week's tournament in Kentucky

Valhalla Golf Club will be hosting its fourth PGA Championship in 28 years
Valhalla is the venue where Rory McIlroy won the last of his four major titles in 2014

Andy Swales examines the current form and major history of 12 leading contenders for this week's PGA Championship in Louisville ...

  • Homa 22/123.00 ready to claim first major

  • In-form Aberg 10/111.00 to contend once again

  • Aussie Smith 22/123.00 can lead LIV challenge


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12 Leading Challengers

Ludvig Aberg 10/111.00: If it wasn't for the brilliance of Scottie Scheffler, the young Swede would have won last month's Masters Tournament, in what was his first-ever start in a Major Championship. He finished second at Augusta, with a healthy three-stroke margin over the three players who tied for third. At the beginning of 2023, the current world No 6 was not even ranked inside the top 3,000.

Wyndham Clark 22/123.00: Is another golfer who has swiftly raced up the World Ranking during the past 12 months, and currently sits at No 4, and deservedly so. The reigning US Open champion won at Pebble Beach in February, since when he's finished second twice and on both these occasions to Scheffler. The one black mark was his missed cut at Augusta.

Tommy Fleetwood 28/129.00: Has quietly made his way back up the World Ranking to No 11. Winner in Dubai early in the year, the Englishman tied-third at Augusta last month which was his third podium finish in a major. Maybe more of an each-way option than outright winner, but that shouldn't be ruled out either.

Max Homa 22/123.00: There is something about Max Homa which suggests he is likely to win a major championship in the not-too-distant future. The six-time PGA Tour winner stood on the podium at Augusta National, which was his second straight top-10 in a major.

Brooks Koepka 8/19.00: A three-time winner of this event and defending champ. He arrives in Louisville on the back of winning the most recent tournament on the LIV Tour. His two-stroke victory in Singapore two weeks ago is ominous for the rest of the field, especially when he told reporters afterwards: "It's all starting to come together."

Rory McIlroy 11/26.50: It's remarkable to consider that Rory's most recent major success came in this championship, and at this week's venue, 10 years ago this August. After a stuttering start to his PGA Tour year, the world No 2 has suddenly struck top form in recent weeks. Towards the end of April he teamed-up with fellow Irishman Shane Lowry to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and followed that up with a convincing five-stroke victory at Quail Hollow on Sunday.

Collin Morikawa 18/119.00: The 27-year-old, two-time major winner, has played solidly this year. For 54 holes at Augusta he was very much in contention until a poor last day put paid to his chances. Has both the game and temperament to perform well in majors.

Joaquin Niemann 28/129.00: Although his world ranking is a lowly No 91, the Chilean has shone brightly on this year's LIV Tour, winning two of the first three tournaments, while posting top-10s in four others. He currently tops their standings after seven of 13 events. The 25-year-old is the reigning Australian Open champion and in three non-LIV tournaments during 2024 has finished 4-3-22.

Jon Rahm 11/112.00: Struggled at Augusta last month which may be a sign that by playing on the LIV Tour, his sharpness has been a little blunted. That said, his form in LIV Tour events during 2024 has been respectable with seven top-10s from seven starts. He has posted a brace of tied-thirds which leaves him second in the overall standings behind Niemann.

Xander Schauffele 12/113.00: 'Mr Consistency' across all types of tournaments, whether run-of-the-mill events or majors. The big stumbling block during the past 20 months has been his lack of titles. He has won seven PGA Tour events in all - but none since July 2022 - and there has been a dozen T10s in majors. The 30-year-old has stood on the major podium four times, but never on the top step. Was runner-up at Quail Hollow over the weekend, a result that moved him up to No 3 in the World Ranking.

Scottie Scheffler 3/14.00: Undoubtedly the world No 1. His most recent five starts read: Won-Won-2nd-Won-Won that includes a comfortable four-shot triumph in The Masters. Even Tiger Woods at his best would struggle to equal that. His margin at the top of the World Ranking is also impressive and in this event 12 months ago he tied-2nd.

Cameron Smith 22/123.00: Probably the LIV Tour's third best hope of winning the PGA Championship this week, behind Koepka and Rahm. The 30-year-old Aussie, who won The Open at St Andrews in 2022, has posted a brace of T2s this season on the Saudi-backed circuit. One of these came at the recent event at Sentosa in Singapore, where he trailed winner Koepka by two shots. Finished a creditable sixth at Augusta last month.

PGA Championship Each-Way Ten Places

Stroke Averages

Lowest 12 in The Majors (Since Jan 1st, 2020)
Average .... (Rounds)
69.84: Scottie Scheffler (58)
70.37: Rory McIlroy (60)
70.48: Jon Rahm (64)
70.52: Xander Schauffele (60)
70.59: Collin Morikawa (58)
70.63: Will Zalatoris (35)
70.75: Cameron Smith (60)
70.89: Viktor Hovland (53)
71.05: Tommy Fleetwood (58)
71.06: Cameron Young (32)
71.09: Brooks Koepka (54)
71.17: Hideki Matsuyama (60)
Min. No. of Rounds = 24
Only those entered this week are included in table

Major Top 10s

Most T10s in American Majors (Since Jan 1st, 2019)
T10s
10: Rory McIlroy
9: Xander Schauffele
9: Scottie Scheffler
8: Brooks Koepka
8: Jon Rahm
7: Collin Morikawa
7: Will Zalatoris
6: Dustin Johnson
6: Cameron Smith
5: Tony Finau
5: Justin Rose
Only those entered this week are included in table

Tournament and Course Notes

• For a course which opened less than 40 years ago, Valhalla has already created a rich history all of its own. This will be the fourth time since 1996 that the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout has hosted the PGA Championship, most recently 10 years ago. Valhalla was also the venue for the 2008 Ryder Cup, along with a brace of Senior PGA Championships;

• Valhalla is laid out in more than 500 acres of rolling Kentucky countryside, with the club's General Chairman Jimmy Kirchdorfer explaining that a number of changes have taken place since the 2014 PGA Championship. He said the course still has a good mix of risk-reward holes and that they have created a venue which has 'firm, fast fairways.' This follows the decision to replace its previous Bent grass fairways with the faster Zeon zoysia surface in 2021;

• This lush parkland course has water on 10 holes, although the top pros should only be affected on five of these. The majority of water comes in the form of rambling streams, rather than large hazards. As with most Nicklaus designs, strategically placed bunkers will create a bigger issue for the game's leading stars;

• With an average green size of approximately 5,000 square feet, Valhalla's Bentgrass putting surfaces are smaller than the PGA Tour average. This will definitely put a greater emphasis than normal on accurate iron play;

• And, at over 7,600 yards in length, the course will be one of the longer layouts the players will face all year. This seems good news for the game's biggest hitters, such as Rory McIlroy who leads the PGA Tour category called 'Total Driving' which combines length and accuracy.

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PGA Championship

Position

  • 1-5
  • 6-15
  • 16-25
PlayerW19W18W17W16W15W14W13W12W11W10
Scottie Scheffler 1 1 2 1 1
Rory McIlroy 1 1 33 22 3 19 21
Xander Schauffele 2 23 18 8 5 2 25
Wyndham Clark 47 3 MC 31 2 2
Jon Rahm 10 3 45 4 8
Ludvig Aberg 10 2 14 8 25
Viktor Hovland 24 MC 62 36
Patrick Cantlay 29 23 3 22 68 36
Brian Harman 47 12 MC 25 MC 2 12
Max Homa 8 55 3 25 64 8
Tommy Fleetwood 13 49 3 7 35 MC
Sahith Theegala 52 MC 2 45 28 9 6
Collin Morikawa 16 23 9 3 75 45 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 52 11 28 22 10 5 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 38 7 6 12
Cameron Young 34 62 9 2 54 36
Tyrrell Hatton 5 14 9 4 21
Jason Day 4 59 18 30 MC 35 36
Russell Henley 10 12 38 4 MC 4
Keegan Bradley 21 55 22 MC MC 36
Matthieu Pavon 67 30 49 12 5 MC 52
Jordan Spieth 29 MC 39 MC 10 MC MC 30
Chris Kirk 43 10 16 26 44
Byeong Hun An 3 4 67 16 MC MC 8
Tom Kim 47 52 18 30 MC Wd 52
Sepp Straka 8 11 5 16 MC 16 57
Nick Taylor 43 10 49 MC 64 26 12
Sam Burns 13 44 MC MC 45 30
Tony Finau 52 12 55 2 MC 45
Justin Thomas 21 5 MC 64 MC 12
Will Zalatoris 60 MC 44 9 74 MC 4
Denny McCarthy 6 28 45 2 35 48
Sung Jae Im 4 1 12 MC MC 31 18
Akshay Bhatia 42 18 35 1 11 17 MC
Min Woo Lee 24 22 MC 54 44
Lucas Glover 16 33 20 25 11 MC 30
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC 16 75 MC MC
Brooks Koepka 1 9 45 45 28
Rickie Fowler 43 18 30 MC 68 36
JT Poston 60 5 30 45 55
Shane Lowry 47 1 64 43 29 19 3
Stephan Jaeger 21 20 18 MC 1 MC 44
Eric Cole 68 MC 33 52 MC 33 MC 21
Si Woo Kim 16 13 18 30 17 6 30
Adam Schenk 64 13 49 12 5 33 19 MC
Emiliano Grillo 64 64 MC 54 8
Harris English 34 28 22 MC 19 21
Kurt Kitayama 34 23 33 35 36 19 MC
Adam Hadwin 52 10 42 53 5 MC 52
Austin Eckroat 63 11 17 MC 33 45 36
Jake Knapp 58 8 62 55 MC 45 57
Corey Conners 13 11 44 38 25 13 18
Adam Scott 29 30 22 14 45 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 16 3 28 25 9 13 44
Taylor Moore 38 MC 58 20 2 12 31 48
Cameron Smith 2 14 6 Wd 2
Alexander Noren 24 3 23 14 11 19
Ryan Fox 4 MC 4 38 MC 78 MC MC
Taylor Pendrith 10 1 11 11 MC 36 MC MC
Grayson Murray 10 39 51 MC 42 25
Tom Hoge 38 41 MC 18 14 54 12
Cameron Davis 38 49 12 21 MC 18
Adrian Meronk 10 26 MC 17 15
Brendon Todd 60 58 5 33 MC 6
Justin Rose 52 44 MC MC MC
Erik van Rooyen 4 33 55 MC MC 25
Luke List 30 19 38 MC MC 56
Billy Horschel 52 MC 1 MC 7 12 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 6 41 39 14 3 26 30
Thomas Detry MC 8 28 2 17 62
Peter Malnati 66 19 49 MC 36 1 68
Nick Dunlap 24 30 69 MC 11 MC 48
Aaron Rai 4 23 MC 58 7 MC 35 23
Andrew Putnam 29 MC 18 14 MC 53 8
Thorbjorn Olesen 16 MC 36 58 14 MC MC
Beau Hossler 4 52 MC 78 57 MC MC
Keita Nakajima 11 1 29
Patrick Rodgers 29 5 Wd 74 MC MC 25
Keith Mitchell 20 28 14 MC 17 73
Mark Hubbard 52 3 36 25 31 31
Lee Hodges 24 MC 58 MC MC 26 35 12
Ben Kohles 58 2 28 MC 78 MC MC 6
Adam Svensson 47 44 51 57 49 MC MC
Robert MacIntyre 13 MC 8 MC 33 MC 32
Matt Wallace 20 4 36 MC 17 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC Wd 29 49
Ryo Hisatsune MC 13 MC 78 33 MC 18
Ben Griffin 16 13 MC 14 39 36 17 MC 55
Lucas Herbert 27 14 51 3 15
Sami Valimaki MC MC 45 54 MC
Joaquin Niemann 7 22 9 4
Patrick Reed 14 22 12 9 4 29
Sebastian Soderberg 3 2 2 21
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 59 11 40 MC 31 9 MC
Taylor Montgomery Wd MC Wd MC MC 11
Jordan Smith 23 24 37 21 2
Victor Perez 46 MC 43 45 17 MC 3
Charley Hoffman 11 4 69 MC MC
Thriston Lawrence 36 MC MC 65 2
Alejandro Tosti 63 MC MC 33 MC 2 75 MC
Maverick McNealy 41 MC 58 45 9
Alexander Bjork 54 MC 33 MC 54
Takumi Kanaya 6 11 1 48
David Puig 5 2
Seong Hyeon Kim 50 4 MC 36 14 45 61 MC MC
Jesper Svensson 17 MC 1 67
Adrian Otaegui 1 30 26 MC
Vincent Norrman MC 39 45 83 MC
Alex Smalley 20 13 MC 6 MC MC MC MC
Bryson DeChambeau 27 26 6 7 6
Tim Widing 1 1 MC 20
Doug Ghim MC 28 43 MC MC 67 16
Chris Gotterup 1 24 11 MC MC 57 61 MC
Dean Burmester 14 3 1 8
Zac Blair MC 4 MC MC MC 54
CT Pan MC Wd 28 51 42 51
Gary Woodland 38 MC 64 MC 21 MC 72
Camilo Villegas MC 35 MC Wd MC MC
Phil Mickelson 22 38 43 47 52
Brice Garnett MC 11 18 MC 35 1
Andy Ogletree 45 3 17 50 21 29
Ryan Van Velzen 9 11 7 11
Francesco Molinari MC MC MC 54
Padraig Harrington MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC 50 MC MC
Dustin Johnson 7 31 MC 24 21
Luke Donald MC MC MC
Kazuma Kobori MC MC 29
Jason Dufner MC MC
Talor Gooch 4 26 9 21
Michael Block
Tiger Woods 60
Jesse Mueller
Andrew Svoboda
Tyler Collet 68
Rich Beem
Martin Kaymer 19 14 39 21
John Daly
Kyle Mendoza
Shaun Micheel
Wyatt Worthington
Yong-Eun Yang
Nate Lashley MC 38 MC 39 21 13 MC
Sam Ryder 26 MC MC 43 MC 64 33 16
Carl Yuan 68 MC MC MC 58 MC 5 MC
Justin Lower MC 24 28 4 25 28 Wd MC 36
Kevin Yu 4 MC 28 MC 39 MC MC
Chad Ramey MC MC 2 50 MC 17 MC MC
Matt Dobyns
Brad Marek
Ben Polland
Larkin Gross
Jared Jones
Zac Oakley
Braden Shattuck MC MC
John Somers
Josh Speight
Jeremy Wells
Evan Bowser
Preston Cole
Jeffrey Kellen
Tracy Phillips
Josh Bevell
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