The second men’s Major of the year is upon us and we know the full field for the PGA Championship, which is theoretically the strongest field in the game with almost all of the world’s top 100 players set to tee it up.
As well as the PGA Tour’s best, there are 18 LIV players in the field as the likes of Masters runners-up, and double PGA Champions, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson return to Major golf as well as plenty more of the Saudi-backed league’s stars like Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
The field for Oak Hill is stacked, but as always with Majors, there are some big names missing out. Below we take a look at some of the biggest who will be watching on from the sidelines…
The biggest name in the sport isn’t listed in the field after undergoing a subtalar fusion surgery in his ankle following last month’s Masters. Woods withdrew prior to the final day’s play after reaggravating his plantar fasciitis and he’s opted to go for a fusion surgery – which should remove all pain but slightly hinder the movement of his foot.
Woods has won the PGA Championship four times – in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. It remains to be seen when he’ll tee it up next.
The American, runner-up to Justin Thomas last year at Southern Hills where he lost in a playoff, is out injured for the entire season. Zalatoris said he will be back in the fall after undergoing a back surgery last month while ranked 8th in the world at the time.
It means he’ll miss all three of the remaining Majors as well as the chance to make his Ryder Cup debut in Rome later in the year.
For the first time since the 1999 US Open, Sergio Garcia has failed to qualify for a Major. The LIV Golfer has dropped out of the world’s top 100 after joining the Saudi-backed league, meaning he no longer makes the entry requirements.
His best finish in the PGA Championship came in his memorable debut in 1999, where the 19-year-old famously hit a shot from a tree root at Medinah and finished one stroke shy of Tiger Woods.
The South African misses his first Major in five years – since the 2018 PGA Championship – after seeing his world ranking tumble to 163rd since joining LIV Golf last year.
Oosthuizen, captain of Stinger GC, was T2nd at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island as well as in 2017 at Quail Hollow.
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