Starts: 20th May 2021
Course: Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC
Length: 7,668 yards
2020 Champion: Collin Morikawa
Kiawah Island is a links-style course which is heavily affected by wind. The website states the course is probably the most affected by wind outside of the UK and Ireland!
Eight of the holes run parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and are fully exposed to the ocean breezes as they were raised above the dunes when the course was constructed.
The 2012 US PGA Championship was dominated by Europeans with five of the top six (and seven of the top 10) coming from the UK or Sweden.
Morning starters on day one got the best of conditions as a rain softened course offered birdie opportunities. Day two was the polar opposite with winds of up to 35mph leaving only five players able to break par. As a result, only ten players were under par going into the weekend. A thunderstorm disrupted play on day three and meant players had to play some of that round and their final round on the Sunday. Conditions on Sunday were ideal as wind reached a max of 15mph and the sun shone throughout.
Rory had a three shot lead going into the final round and a bogey free last 18 holes meant nobody got any closer than two shots. A round of 66 gave him a convincing eight shot victory.
Nine of the last twelve winners were in their 20s. The other three winners were in their 30s.
Eight of the past 12 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 12 did not have a previous PGA Tour/Major win.
US PGA Exposure
Eight of the past 12 US PGA champions had recorded a top 8 finish in the event prior to winning. Nine of the past 12 had recorded a top 20 finish.
Two of the past 12 US PGA champions were playing in the tournament for the first time.
Nine of the last twelve winners were ranked in the top 25 of the official world golf rankings prior to winning. Notable that we have seen two winners outside the top 100 also prevail.
2019: The top 6 were made up of five players within the world's top 30 and one who had won on the PGA Tour before.
2018: Four of the top 5 were in the world's top 30 and the other player, Tony Finau (ranked 37th), had won on the PGA Tour before.
2017: The top seven comprised four players inside the top 30. Two had won on the PGA Tour before and one who had not won but would win twice later that year (Xander Schauffele)