Starts: 19th May 2022
Course: Southern Hills CC, Oklahoma
Length: 7,556 yards
2021 Champion: Phil Mickelson
Southern Hills GC was used for the 2001 US Open and 2007 PGA Championship but the 2018 Gil Hanse renovation has restored the course back to it's original vision with the course playing very different now. Fairways have been widened, trees have been cut, creeks and hazards have been brought into play more and the rough around the greens has been removed, meaning there are plenty of run off areas to penalise small misses.
Course Designer: Perry Maxwell (Gil Hanse renovation in 2018)
US PGA last played here: 2007
Type of Course: Classical
Rough: Bermuda with tall fescue
Water Hazards: In play on 15 holes
Par 5's: 5th and 13th
Premium on: Approach play and scrambling.
Tiger Woods won by two shots on 8 under par.
Only one European placed inside the top 10, there were two Australians and two South Africans.
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
The US PGA was previously the final Major of the year up until 2021 but now occupies a May slot in the calendar.
It will be a dry and hot until the weekend where it cools down significantly over the weekend. We may get some rain on Sunday.
Thursday: Sunny with winds of 16mph.
Friday: Sunny with winds of 14mph.
Saturday: Light Cloud with winds of 16mph.
Sunday: Light Rain with winds of 13mph.
We have seen winning scores at the US PGA range from -6 to -20 since 2012. Tiger won here with -8 in 2007.
With the course renovation in place, it has been likened to Augusta around the greens. Southern Hills course designer, Perry Maxwell, was a partner of Alister MacKenzie, course designer of Augusta. Maxwell would work on a number of greens at Augusta, introducing many of the contours we have become accustomed to. Liberty National which hosts the Northern Trust has also been used as a comparison.
Use the 2001 and 2007 results as a guide but given the course changes we're treating these results as helpful rather than definitive.
Usually counts for a lot at the US PGA Championship, 11 of the past 13 champions had recorded a top 20 finish in their two events prior to winning. However, Phil Mickelson hadn't posted a top 20 finish all year before his win last year but was 21st at the Masters.
The last six winners have been from the USA but prior to that we have seen a mix of nationalities win.
Nine of the last thirteen winners were in their 20s. Three of the other three winners were in their 30s and Mickelson was approaching 50!
Eight of the past thirteen winners were claiming their first Major. However, it's not an event to record your first ever win in America - only one winner from the past thirteen did not have a previous PGA Tour/Major win.
US PGA Exposure
Nine of the past thirteen US PGA champions had recorded a top 8 finish in the event prior to winning. Ten of the past thirteen had recorded a top 20 finish.
Two of the past thirteen US PGA champions were playing in the tournament for the first time.
Nine of the last thirteen winners of the US PGA were ranked in the top 25 of the official world golf rankings prior to winning. Notable that we have seen three winners outside the top 100 also prevail.
2021: Two of the top seven were inside world's top 30.
2020: Five of the top eight were inside the world's top 30.
2019: Five of the top six were inside the world's top 31.
2018: Two of the top five were in the top 30. However, the other three players were all Major winners.
2017: The top six were all ranked inside the top 30.
Previous US PGA Championships tells us we are looking for a player strong off the tee and on approach. Power is favoured over accuracy off the tee.
Power players are favoured. Rankings in last five years (most recent first) have been 21-53-11-2-1.
Little emphasis on Driving Accuracy. Rankings have been 101-5-62-26-113.
SG: Off The Tee
Rankings have been 29-6-3-3-32. Preferable to be a strong driver.
Approach play needs to be in decent order. Rankings in last five years have been 5-22-1-11-23. With contoured greens and steep run off areas, we want accurate iron players this week.
SG: Around The Green
No winner in the past four years prior to Mickelson winning had ranked inside the top 30. Mickelson ranked 18th.
Rankings the past five years have been 37-1-59-23-4. Morikawa putted beautifully for his win in 2020 but on the whole it's not the be all and end all.
The 16th is a tough 522 yard par 4 followed by the scoreable 371 yard par 4 17th and another tough 491 yard par 4 18th. Seven majors have been played at this venue over the years and only two winners have parred the final hole!
Fast or Slow Start
Mickelson was three shots behind after round one last year while Tiger was six behind after round one back in 2007 before leading from halfway onwards. Both should be taken with a pinch of salt though due to time elapsed and course changes.