The 2021 PGA Championship Player Guide: Profiles of the top 50 in the betting

Golfer Rory McIlroy
Can Rory McIlroy tame Kiawah Island for a second time?

Who wins the 2021 PGA Championship? Who's the best bet? Who has the best tournament and Pete Dye form? Before striking your bets read Matt Cooper's guide to the leading players chasing major glory...

"It would be one of the great form transformations and unquestionably a career-defining effort." Matt Cooper on Rory-McIlroy' chances this week

Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

World No. 7 | PGA record (most recent result on the right): 33-8-50-22-MC-17-1-8-1-64-3-3

If the 32-year-old can go from averaging 76.00 for the five strokeplay rounds ahead of Quail Hollow to victory there and also here this week (what would be a first major triumph in nearly seven years), it would be one of the great form transformations and unquestionably a career-defining effort. Once a Pete Dye sceptic, he explains: "I turned a corner at Whistling Straits in 2010. I hated it, but told myself to embrace it. I finished one shot outside the playoff and since then I've won at Kiawah (by a mammoth seven shots), Crooked Stick and Sawgrass. I've started to quite like them." Beware his nemesis, high wind, on this week's coastal track.

Dustin Johnson (USA)

World No. 1 | PGA record: 2-2-27-13-MC-7-8-48-MC-5-10

Runner-up in the last two renewals of the PGA Championship, winner of the Masters in November, and the World No. 1 - the perfect package, right? Well, clearly, it's not bad. But his tied second in this event last summer was the first of ten straight finishes of T11th or better, yet since that spell ended he's landed just once top 25 in six starts. Nor do the stats offer much hope. With the exception of his driving in his last two starts and putting at Harbour Town, his numbers in every category are significantly down on that hot spell. Oh, and a knee injury forced his withdrawal from last week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

World No. 5 | PGA record: 4-MC-MC-33

He struggled to make any kind of impression in this championship until a pair of weekend 66s at Harding Park vaulted him into fourth last August. Since then he's had contrasting major championship experience: maiden victory in the US Open and double calamity at the Masters. A winner at Bay Hill this year, he owns some decent form on Dye designs: never outside the top 10 in his last three starts at River Highland, three top 10s at Harbour Town, third this year at Sawgrass. He also said last week of this test: "A super long golf course fits into my hands quite nicely."

Jon Rahm (Spain)

World No. 3 | PGA record: 13-MC-4-58

His Strokes Gained stats show that Off the Tee he is on a par with the last two seasons (top five in all three) and he is performing better this year in Approach. But his Around the Green and Putting work has gone from solid (top 40) to poor (outside the top 80 this year for both). It maybe explains why, despite 12 of his last 13 starts reaping top 25 finishes, there have been no wins in that time. It won't help his patience that it culminated in a missed cut at Quail Hollow, his first since the first start after lockdown last June, before he somewhat rebounded with T34th last week.

Justin Thomas (USA)

World No. 2 | PGA record: 37-6-1-66-18

There's a curious enigma afoot with his current form because he's landed just one win in his last 16 starts despite getting himself into contention (the top six) at some stage during the first 54 holes in 10 of those appearances. That trend held in three majors through that stretch, too: in September's US Open he led after round one, he shared the lead in November's Masters and was just three shots back at the same stage when chasing a Green Jacket in April. In contrast to that, when he got a sniff at the Dye-designed Sawgrass in March he ruthlessly hunted down the win with rounds of 64-68.

Xander Schauffele (USA)

World No. 4 | PGA record: 10-16-35-MC

At Augusta, the Californian had the opportunity to turn all his major championship promise into a first win, but his final round got off to a poor start and no sooner had he got back in the hunt than he plopped his ball in the water. How will he respond? What we do know is that he continues to thrive in elite company: it's now 11 top 20s, eight of them top 10, from just 15 starts in the majors. His Pete Dye record is mixed: second on debut at Sawgrass, two missed cuts since; no top 30 in three tries at Harbour Town; two top 20s, no top 10 in three starts at River Highlands; struggled in Austin.

Brooks Koepka (USA)

World No. 13 | PGA record: 29-1-1-13-4-5-15-70

Not only a two-time champion of the event, he also became, in 2018-19, the seventh man to win it back-to-back. He admitted last week that he's never played Kiawah, but he did have inside information via his brother who'd made a recent visit. That said, Chase's intel sounded a little ambiguous. "He told me it's interesting," Brooks said. "It's wide but it's tight is how he explained it." After victory in the Phoenix Open and second at the WGC Workday Championship, his season has been disrupted by more knee troubles. He missed the cut at Augusta and last week.

Jordan Spieth (USA)

World No. 26 | PGA record: 71-3-12-28-13-2-MC-MC

Victory would complete the career Grand Slam and the fact that he looks a genuinely live contender is testimony to his hard work and self belief because at the end of January he'd gone three and half years without a win. But he threatened to win at Scottsdale, Pebble Beach and Bay Hill, then he did claim success in the Texas Open and backed it up with third at the Masters. The conversations with his ball remain animated, but they're now a touch less frantic. Covid stopped him in his tracks post-Augusta, but he thrashed a first round 63 on his way to tied ninth last week.

Viktor Hovland (USA)

World No. 11 | PGA record: 33

What do the Norwegian's two wins on the PGA Tour have in common? The cynical answer might be that both were less than high grade fields, but the answer we're looking for is that both came on seaside, blustery courses with Paspalum greens (El Camaleon and Grand Reserve) and that's exactly what he'll face this week at Kiawah Island. Since the second of those wins he's come mighty close to a third, with five top three finishes including the WGC Workday Championship and both of his last two starts. Is he set to be another of this event's many recent twentysomething winners?

Collin Morikawa (USA)

World No. 6 | PGA record: 1

The ninth debutant to win the tournament last year and it was a result that said much about his strengths. In a straightforward sense, his ball-striking was its usual high quality, but he also topped the SG Putting ranks shortly after many doubted that element of his game. Earlier this season he added a first WGC title to his CV and said of Kiawah when visiting for champion's duties: "It's definitely a ball-striker's course. You have to be able to flight different shots, work it left to right, right to left, and that kind of suits me. You're going to be tested in every shot down the stretch."

Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)

World No. 15 | PGA record: 22-16-35-5-4-37-36-19

The winner of the first major of the year has a remarkably consistent record in this event. Not only has he made all seven cuts, he's also only been close to missing it just the once and has gone sub-70 in each of his last five second circuits. The big question ahead of this week is what impact winning the Green Jacket had on him. He credited restricted media fuss around him as a contributing factor in that Augusta triumph and he's had little else since. The flipside is that it's now celebratory rather than anticipatory. Played last week in the Byron Nelson and finished T39th.

Webb Simpson (USA)

World No. 10 | PGA record: 37-29-19-33-13-54-MC-25-MC-MC

After early difficulties in the championship, the local has become much more consistent without ever really getting into contention: he's never been closer than four shots off the lead at the end of any round. He missed the cut in 2012, but insists: "I love Kiawah. It reminds me a lot more of golf at Open Championships with a lot of crosswinds, you've got to trust your lines. It's kind of like Sawgrass in a way in that no matter how big a lead somebody gets, anything can happen." Has 12 top 20s in his last 16 starts and is a winner at the Dye-designed Sawgrass and Harbour Town.

Patrick Reed (USA)

World No. 8 | PGA record: 13-MC-MC-2-13-30-59

The 2018 Masters champion has been ultra-reliable in finishing top 15 in his last five major championship starts and yet he'll be frustrated with all of them: two were courtesy of back door fast finishes and in the other three he got right in the frame and then drifted backwards. The pattern of his year has been up and down (21-MC-1-66-9-MC-22-MC-8-MC-6) and if that continues he's due a bad one. Is it too far-fetched an idea to suggest that a trip to the scene of the Ryder Cup's War on the Shore is perfect motivation for the self-appointed Captain America?

Patrick Cantlay (USA)

World No. 12| PGA record: 43-3-27-33

Something a bit odd is going on with the 29-year-old's form, both recently and in majors. He was in great nick, winning the Zozo Championship late last year, shortly after going close elsewhere and also ahead of threatening to win three times in January and February. Since then, he's failed to make the weekend in five consecutive tournaments. Meanwhile, in the majors, he's gone from ticking off five top 30 finishes in a row, including a pair of top 10s in 2019, to a best of T17th in his last six appearances - and in four of them he didn't even make the top 40.

Cameron Smith (Australia)

World No. 25 | PGA record: 43-64-56-MC-25

The Aussie's tournament record is not especially encouraging and the main cause is an inability to post a decent first round score. In fact, he's only once gone lower than 73 (and that was a 71). The good news is that, despite being outside the cut line at the start of all those Fridays, he's 5-for-6 at dragging himself the right side of it. The other good news is that his form has never been better: his last five strokeplay start has all reaped top 20 finishes, four of them T11th or better and that doesn't count a second victory at the Zurich Classic.

Tony Finau (USA)

World No. 14 | PGA record: 4-64-42-44-MC-10

Big Tony continues to churn out the major championship top 10s, nine in 19 starts is the current tally, but the wins continue to be elusive for the big man, whatever stage he's on. His Dye cupboard is a bit bare, too. No top 20 in five starts at Sawgrass, no top 30 in three visits to Harbour Town, one top 20 (T15th) in five River Highlands appearances, never made the knockout stages at Austin, a missed cut at Louisiana. He did, however, finish T10th at Whistling Straits and was tied for the 54-hole lead at PGA West this January when it used a Dye design for three rounds.

Daniel Berger (USA)

World No. 16 | PGA record: 13-71-12-MC-73-MC

Logged three top 10s before lockdown last year, won in the first start after it ended, and has more or less maintained that form ever since. A second win followed at Pebble Beach earlier this year and he's played Dye designs well this season, making the top 10 at Sawgrass in spite of a poor first round and finishing T13th at Harbour Town last time out. He should also be encouraged by his performance in this event last August. A 69 did see him drop to T13th yet prior to that he'd ended every round within two or three shots of the lead. A fast-finishing tied third last week.

Scottie Scheffler (USA)

World No. 24 | PGA record: 4

The 24-year-old had played in majors in the past, indeed he was the low amateur at the 2017 US Open, but since earning his PGA Tour card he's appeared very at home in elite company. He was tied fourth in this event at Harding Park last August, T19th on his Masters debut and T18th on his return there last month. For good measure he finished fifth in the WGC Workday Championship and was runner-up in the WGC Dell Match Play - and many a recent major winner has tested the water among the world's best by contending in the WGC. Had a slightly flat T47th last week.

Will Zalatoris (USA)

World No. 30 | PGA record: Debut

His frame is slight, but what he's achieved since reaching the top level of the game is anything but. He finished tied sixth in last year's US Open and then briefly looked like becoming the first debutant to win the Masters since 1979 when solo second last month - and it was striking how straightforward he was about the prospect of winning it. He's also added top 25 finishes in his debut at WGC level and at THE PLAYERS. One cautionary note might be that, for all the top 10s on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and top 20s this campaign, he's still landed just one win.

Abraham Ancer (Mexico)

World No. 19 | PGA record: 43-16

The Texan-born Mexican is as neat as they come, the perfect recipe for clocking up the solid finishes. But thus far there are two standout trends in his career: the lack of a win on the PGA Tour and the continuing absence of a major championship top 10 finish. He did shine at last year's Masters, sharing the halfway lead and playing in the last group on Sunday, but otherwise he's never been in the top 10 at the end of a round in his eight majors. His two missed cuts by the sea in the Open might be a bad omen, too, if the wind gets up.

Joaquin Niemann (Chile)

World No. 29 | PGA record: MC-MC-71

The South American has been in great nick since finishing third at last summer's BMW Championship. In fact, he's played four rounds of golf in every single strokeplay tournament between then and now. The highlights within that run include a fast finish to force an ultimately fruitless playoff at the Tournament of Champions, second at the Sony Open and tied eighth two starts ago at the Valspar Championship. He'll be desperate to translate that form to major championship level because he has only one finish better than T40 in eight starts, T23rd at last year's US Open.

Paul Casey (England)

World No. 20 | PGA record: 2-29-MC-13-10-30-MC-33-MC-72-12-15-40-MC-59-MC-66-MC

Back in August the Englishman genuinely looked like breaking his major championship duck in this tournament at the age of 42. Ultimately he only finished second, but it heralded a lovely run of form that has taken in a fast finish at the US Open, a first round lead at the Masters, victory in the Dubai Desert Classic and fifth at THE PLAYERS Championship. Was that back nine last year his final opportunity to score at the highest level? Possibly, but every chance he can add to his top 30 tally in the tournament - he has five from his last six starts.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (England)

World No. 17 | PGA record: MC-41-MC-MC-49

A missed cut last week in the AT&T Byron Nelson was his first since January and in-between he's been excellent, with seven top 20s including tied ninth at Sawgrass and tied fourth at Harbour Town. That's good Pete Dye form, but his efforts in the major championship continue to be a disappointment. Back in 2016 he flew home on a wet sail at Augusta to land tied seventh, but that remains his only top 10 in the four big ones and to have ended the week outside the top 40 14 times in 23 starts is under-performing for someone of his quality.

Sungjae Im (South Korea)

World No. 23 | PGA record: MC-MC-42

Are there a few doubts ahead of this week? For all his solidity recently, he's struggling to get involved: he has seven top 30s in his last 10 starts but only one top 10 and he was last seen cardnng an 82 at Quail Hollow. His major championship record? He was tied second at the soft November Masters, but it's his only top 20 in eight starts. And has he maybe got a few issues with Dye designs? In terms of seeking top 10s, he's 0-for-2 at River Highlands, 0-for-2 at Sawgrass, 0-for-3 at Harbour Town and clattered out of the WGC Dell Match Play in the group stage this year.

Tommy Fleetwood (England)

World No. 26 | PGA record: 29-48-35-61-MC-MC

With the exception of a couple of rounds the Englishman has struggled to get involved in this championship. His first four appearances were flat, but a first round 67 in 2019 did have him tied third before he went backwards all week. Then last year a second round 64 lifted him to tied second at halfway before he again hit reverse. Specifically he's had short game problems, never ranking better than 40th for Scrambling. Finished T14th on his last start at Quail Hollow, after missed cuts at Sawgrass and Harbour Town either side of T46 at the Masters.

Tyrrell Hatton (England)

World No. 9 | PGA record: MC-48-10-MC-10-25

His defence of the Arnold Palmer Invitational reveals much about his current form: he opened and closed with 77s, posting 67-66 in-between. Figure that out. More confusion: after landing 12 top 20s in 20 starts, he's now had just one in six and that was a very unexpected T18th at the Masters, easily his career-best effort there. For whatever reason, quite possibly coincidence, he's struggled in round one of this championship, never ending it better than T41st and usually fighting the cut line.

Corey Conners (Canada)

World No. 39 | PGA record: MC-64

There was a time when hitting the greens in regulation really mattered in this tournament. It's not entirely ceased to be a factor (the last 10 winners all ranked top 20), but the fact it's less important is a blow for the Canadian who hits them for fun. Then again, he needs to because he struggles around the greens which could be a problem this week. Very reliable recently, ticking off 12 top 25 finishes in his last 15 strokeplay starts.

Bubba Watson (USA)

World No. 55 | PGA record: 71-MC-MC-MC-60-21-65-MC-11-26-2-MC-70-MC

Other than when he very nearly won this event in 2010 at Whistling Straits (he lost the playoff) his record in it is really quite extraordinary. Because he's played 44 rounds and been inside the top 25 at the end in only five of them (four times in that on week alone). The other example was after a low final round here in 2012 so he does keep his best for Pete Dye PGA Championships and has finished top 20 in his last two starts.

Adam Scott (Australia)

World No. 38 | PGA record: 22-8-3-61-18-MC-15-5-11-7-39-MC-MC-12-3-40-9-23-23-MC

Back in 2012 he made an interesting observation about the similarities and difference between the Dye-designed Kiawah and Sawgrass: "With the waste bunkers down the side, it looks very similar to Sawgrass, but it's different around the greens, a lot less rough here." He finished T11th that week and briefly contended, but he hasn't done so this year since January and posted four over-par scores at Augusta.

Jason Day (Australia)

World No. 65 | PGA record: 4-23-19-9-2-1-15-8-MC-MC-10

Ever since he landed tied seventh at Pebble Beach in February the 2015 champion's form has regressed. He followed it with finishes of T18th-T31st-T35th, then failed to break out of the group stage of the WGC Dell Match Play and three missed cuts, the latest last week, have followed. The good news? He loves this event and has been tied third or better at halfway in five of the last seven renewals.

Justin Rose (England)

World No. 42 | PGA record: 9-29-19-MC-22-4-24-33-3-MC-MC-MC-9-12-41-MC-MC-23

Difficult to gauge. His tournament record of 10 top 30 finishes from 18 starts shows some consistency, however just the two top fives isn't a great return. His major championship form shows that he contended on his way to tied ninth at Harding Park last year and was again in the mix when tied seventh at Augusta. He was also tied third at Kiawah in 2012, but he missed the cut by a long way last time out at Innisbrook.

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)

World No. 31 | PGA record: 33-60-2-22-30-15-21-MC-MC-MC-73

After having a terrible time of it in his first four visits to the tournament, the South African has become rather consistent but the stats reveal why he has only one finish better than T15th (admittedly that was a nice second at Quail Hollow in 2017). Five times in the last seven renewals he ranked top 10 for Greens in Regulation, but he has never ranked higher than 20th for Putting Average and five times has been 60th or worse for Scrambling.

Marc Leishman (Australia)

World No. 38 | PGA record: MC-MC-71-13-60-MC-47-12-27-48

Something about this championship seems to rub the amiable Aussie up the wrong way. He's never been in the top 20 at halfway, has a best 54-hole position of T20th and his two top 20 finishes were courtesy of back door efforts. Nothing wrong with his form however: he was tied fifth at the Masters, won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Cameron Smith and was T21st last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Keegan Bradley (USA)

World No. 73 | PGA record: MC-29-42-33-42-61-MC-19-3-1

Gives the impression of playing with clubs measured for someone half a foot shorter than he is, but he's in ripe form, regularly getting into contention before mounting a more serious tilt at the title at Innisbrook. Came up short with second place there, but he won this event on debut in 2011 and was third here at Kiawah Island on defence. He's never got involved since, although he's never entered it in form as good as he's in at present.

Matt Wallace (England)

World No. 52 | PGA record: 77-3-19

The Englishman is having quite a nice spring on the PGA Tour, sharing the 54-hole lead in the Texas Open ahead of finishing third, making the cut at the Masters, spending Harbour Town week in the top 20, and co-leading at Quail Hollow at halfway before recording tied sixth. He was tied third in this championship at Bethpage in 2019, to date his only major top 10 in 12 appearances.

Sam Burns (USA)

World No. 36 | PGA record: 29

The King of the 2020/21 season end of round leads, having racked up no less than 11 of them, including victory at the Valspar Championship and tied second last week when leading after 36 and 54 holes. He has very little experience at major championship level however. Back in 2016 he missed the cut in the US Open, was T41st two years later and in 2019 was T29th in his PGA Championship debut.

Shane Lowry (Ireland)

World No. 48 | PGA record: 66-8-12-48-MC-MC-47-57-MC

There's a lot to like about the 2019 Open champion's chances this week. His two best performances this season? Top 10s on the Dye designs at Sawgrass and Harbour Town. Major form? A personal best T21st at Augusta. PGA Championship credentials? He's got T12th and tied eighth in his last five starts. He's also threatened to win a major in the States (the 2016 US Open) and won't be frightened if it gets windy.

Brian Harman (USA)

World No. 47 | PGA record: 58-MC-71-13-MC-41

Through the back end of 2020 and early 2021 Harman was ultra reliable, playing 17 weekends in 18 starts, albeit with just the one top 10. Then he moved through the gears. He was third at Sawgrass, made the last eight at the WGC Dell Match Play, contended at the Masters ahead of T12th, and has added two top 20s since. He has, however, managed just the one top 10 in 19 major championship appearances.

Garrick Higgo (South Africa)

World No. 51 | PGA record: Debut

There's no getting away from the fact that he's been playing golf in very different conditions to those he will face this week in recent times, but boy has he fared well under those tests, winning twice either side of a tied eighth in the Canary Islands. He seems destined for great thing, but can he do something special this week? It's a big task, but he has shown himself very unflappable and he hits the balls miles.

Gary Woodland (USA)

World No. 53 | PGA record: 58-8-6-22-MC-MC-74-42-12

The 2019 US Open champion was the unwitting benefactor of Rory McIlroy getting Pete Cowen over to Quail Hollow - the coach also got to see Woodland close up and tweaked his swing well enough for him to land tied fifth and feel a lot more confident about the state of his game. He has nice memories of the event, too. He was tied sixth at Bellerive in 2018 and then tied eighth at Bethpage a year later.

Sergio Garcia (Spain)

World No. 46 | PGA record: MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-54-36-61-12-MC-MC-2-DQ-3-23-MC-MC-10-MC-34-2

It's slightly hard to believe that the man who made such a startling tournament debut in 1999, when he played that famous shot from the roots of a tree and ran gleefully after it, could rock up this year having missed five straight cuts at the event and have made just one top 30 in it since 2008. It even gets worse: he's missed 10 cuts in his last 12 major starts with not one top 50. He's also missed the cut in his last three starts.

Max Homa (USA)

World No. 40 | PGA record: MC-64

As the first two wins in a PGA Tour career go, claiming success at Quail Hollow and Riviera is not a bad duo. Both are major championship level courses and suggest that, in theory, he has the game for the greatest tests. As it currently stands, however, in practice it has proved a little trickier. He's played five majors, missed the cut in four of them and finished T60th in the exception.

Charley Hoffman (USA)

World No. 75 | PGA record: 54-MC-48-MC-MC-MC-40-MC-MC-MC-MC

If ever a man was being priced on form rather than his event log book it is the Californian this week with eight missed cuts and a best of T40 in 11 starts. Moreover, there's something almost heroic about how he has managed to maintain a terrible 40% Scrambling average at so many different venues. On the other hand, he has recorded six top 20s in his last eight starts and plays well in windy Texas.

Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)

World No. 109 | PGA record: 58-42-48-42-37-15-MC-59-12-18-43-52-MC-MC

To have played 11 PGA Championship weekends, but tally only three top 30s, none of them top 10s, feels like quite a defiance of the law of averages. Even more so when you consider that in five of his last six event starts he's gone sub-70 in rounds two and three. The trouble is, he's always been fighting a poor start and has usually also stumbled home on Sunday. In better news, he's in good form and was tied third last week.

Lee Westwood (England)

World No. 21 | PGA record: MC-67-85-43-15-33-MC-8-3-MC-32-29-17-MC-MC-MC-44-15-16-MC-29

The veteran Englishman has logged two top 10s in his 21 visits to this championship which represents his least successful haul in the four majors. Moreover, he's made only one top 40 since 2011. The flipside is that he keeps plugging away and, in finishing second at Bay Hill and Sawgrass, he went head-to-head with the winners rather than stumbled late on Sunday. Further Indian Summer adventures remain a possibility.

Si Woo Kim (South Korea)

World No. 50 | PGA record: 13-MC-MC-WD-MC

The 26-year-old's experience in the major championships has been far from fun thus far, with 10 failures to make the top 60 from 17 starts, but he was T13th in this event last year and T12th at the Masters so there is some improvement and he'll be of interest to many because he's a Pete Dye specialist. He won THE PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass in 2017, has been second at Harbour Town and won The American Express this season when it used a Dye layout for three rather than two laps.

Rickie Fowler (USA)

World No. 128| PGA record: MC-36-12-5-33-30-3-19-MC-51-58

Last week he insisted, of the 2012 tournament at Kiawah: "I didn't play very well last time, but I feel it's a good course for me. It can play a little linksy which is something I like." A few days later he missed the cut, a second in succession and he hasn't landed a top 10 finish since January last year. He owns 11 top 10 finishes in the majors, but he's only playing this week because the USGA handed him a pity pass.

Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)

World No. 45 | PGA record: 66

Scotland's great leftie hope will be a popular punt this week with many, partly because so many warm to his affable nature. He's done plenty in the game so far - winning European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2019, logging tied sixth in his Open debut the same year, finishing T12th on his Masters bow last month - but realistically he is also just a one-time winner at European Tour level. Led at halfway in last week's British Masters ahead of finishing tied eighth.

Harris English (USA)

World No. 22| PGA record: 19-60-48-MC-61

Ultra consistent through the last months of 2020, he then won the year-opening Tournament of Champions in fine style before his form disintegrated in pretty spectacular style. A third round 63 last week saw him finish a much more positive T13th, however. That's the best news because his tournament record is not great. True, he's made four cuts in five tries, but T19th last year is his only top 40 finish.

Matt Kuchar (USA)

World No. 49| PGA record: MC-8-MC-9-MC-7-22-MC-19-10-MC-MC

His last six PGA Championship starts have been absolute boom or bust - or, more specifically, top 10 or missed cut. He's a jolly fellow, though, so will takes the positives and there are others. He's in good form (four top 20s in his last five starts) and really likes Dye designs (a winner at both Sawgrass and Harbour Town). On the other hand, he did card a Friday 82 to miss the cut here in 2012.

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