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US PGA Championship – Who Will Win in 2022?

The PGA Championship is an annual professional golf tournament of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). It is one of the four PGA tournaments that are considered major tournaments, along with the Masters, the US Open, and the Open Championship.

The US PGA Championship 2022 is scheduled to take place at Southern Hills Championship Course from May 19th to 22nd in 2022. Southern Hills is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it will be the fifth time the tournament has been held there. The last time was 15 years ago, in 2007 when Tiger Woods triumphed.

Despite the Championship being a relatively long way off, from the time of writing this article, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that bookmakers are already taking bets. Odds are largely based on how well the golfers are currently performing so anything can happen between now and May 19th 2022!

Tulsa’s Southern Hills country club is very exclusive. Memberships cost $30,000 plus dues and despite this, the waiting list is lengthy. It is a world-class golf course and is consistently recognised as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. Designed by Perry Maxwell, the champions course opened for play in 1936.

Since then the course has been renovated, getting a full overhaul by Keith Foster in 1999. Traditionally a Par 70 course, over the course of 18 holes, it is a Par 71 with three tricky par 5 holes to navigate along the way. And current America president Jim Richerson heads up the PGA.

PGA Championship 2022 Odds

Jon Rahm is currently the frontrunner to take the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. With six PGA tour wins already under his belt, he became the first Spanish golfer to win the US Open in 2021.

American Dustin Johnson is next on the table of odds for the US PGA Championship in 2022. The former world number one won the US Open in 2016 and the 2020 Masters. He has twice been runner up in the PGA Championship – in 2019 and 2020. So can he finally win it in 2022?

Justin Thomas made his mark on the golfing world in 2017 when he won five PGA Tour events, including the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup championship. In May 2018, he became the 21st player to top the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rory McIlroy may not have been at his best at the 2020 Ryder Cup but the Irish golfer has notched up some huge wins during his career. A four-time major champion he won the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championships. In October 2021 he won the CJ Cup at The Summit Club by one stroke, his 20th PGA Tour victory.

Collin Morikawa is a relative newcomer in the world of golf. The American has made quite the impact notching up five PGA Tour wins. They include two major championships, the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 Open Championship, both of which he won on his debut. Can he triumph at Southern Hills Country Club in 2022?

Brooks Koepka made history when he won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, as the first golfer in history to hold back-to-back titles in two majors simultaneously. He was also part of the winning 2020 Ryder Cup team.

Paddy Power Odds for USPGA Championship 2022

Paddy Power Odds applicable as of 19/10/2021
Jon Rahm 10/1 Dustin Johnson 14/1 Justin Thomas 14/1
Brooks Koepka 14/1 Collin Morikawa 14/1 Rory McIlroy 14/1
Bryson DeChambeau 16/1 Jordan Spieth 16/1 Xander Schauffele 20/1
Viktor Hovland 20/1 Patrick Cantlay 25/1 Hideki Matsuyama 28/1
Patrick Reed 30/1 Daniel Berger 33/1 Tony Finau 35/1
Scottie Scheffler 35/1 Louis Oosthuizen 35/1 Will Zalatoris 35/1

How Do You Qualify For the 2022 PGA Championship?

The PGA Championship differs from other tournaments in that is the only major that does not explicitly invite leading amateurs to compete. They can of course qualify on their own merits by winning one of the other major championships, or winning a PGA Tour event while playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

It also does not explicitly grant entry to the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, although nearly all of the top 100 players who are not already qualified do ultimately get an invite.

In total 156 players make up the field.

There are 13 ways to get an invite. They include:

  • Every former PGA Champion
  • Winners of the last five U.S. Opens
  • The winners of the last five Masters
  • Winners of the last five Open Championships
  • Winners of the last three The Players Championships
  • The current Senior PGA Champion
  • The 70 leaders in official money standings on the PGA Tour

What Is The Prize Money For The PGA Championship In 2022?

Historically the ChampionshipPGA C was played every August and rounded off the four major championships. In 2019 the tournament moved to May and it is now the season’s second major.

Considered an official money event the prize fund tops out at $12,000,000 dollars.

In 2021 the breakdown for the top players was as follows:

1: Phil Mickelson, $2,160,000

Tied 2: Brooks Koepka, $1,056,000

T-2: Louis Oosthuizen, $1,056,000

Tied 4: Paul Casey, $462,250

Tied 4: Padraig Harrington, $462,250

T-4: Harry Higgs, $462,250

T-4: Shane Lowry, $462,250

Tied 8: Abraham Ancer, $263,000

T-8: Tony Finau, $263,000

T-8: Rickie Fowler, $263,000

Tied 8: Collin Morikawa, $263,000

T-8: Jon Rahm, $263,000

T-8: Justin Rose, $263,000

Savvy readers among you will notice that only adds up to $7.7m. However, every player that makes the cut gets a payout so even Bubba Watson and Brian Gay who finished in 80th and 81st place respectively, earned $18,600 each.

Previous PGA Championship Winners

Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship in 2021 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with a two shot victory. He beat out joint second places Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to finish six under.

Collin Morikawa was the 2020 winner at TPC Harding Park in California. After another two-shot victory, he beat Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson who finished in second place.

Brooks Koepka won it in both 2019 and 2018. The first was at Bellerive Country Club with the second in 2019 at Bethpage Black Course, the second.

Here is the list of winners and the courses they won on, for the last 10 years…

  1. 2021 – Phil Mickelson – Kiawah Island
  2. 2020 – Collin Morikawa – TPC Harding Park
  3. 2019 – Brooks Koepka – Bethpage Black Course
  4. 2018 – Brooks Koepka – Bellrive Country Club
  5. 2017 – Juston Thomas – Quail Hollow Club
  6. 2016 – Jimmy Walker – Baltusrol Golf Club
  7. 2015 – Jason Day – Whistling Straits
  8. 2014 – Rory McIlroy – Valhalla Golf Club
  9. 2013 – Jason Dufner – Oak Hill Country Club
  10. 2012 – Rory McIlroy – Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  11. 2011 – Keegan Bradley – Atlanta Athletic Club

Who will be added to the list after a successful tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2022?

PGA Championship Records

The 2022 PGA Championship is ramping up to be another incredible event for the golf world. But will we see any new records set at Southern Hills Country Club?

In a game where age isn’t as much of a factor as in other sports, Phil Mickelson became the oldest winner in 2021, age 50 years, 11 months.

Only two players have ever won it five times. They are Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen. Nicklaus last won it in 1980 and you have to go way back for Hagen’s wins which were between 1921 and 1927.

As championships go in the modern era, it wouldn’t be an article about golf without mentioning Tiger Woods. With four wins and three second places, he is one of the most accomplished PGA Championship players. He is also one of only 16 players to ever complete the course with the lowest 18-hole score of 63.

Highest Prize Money On The PGA Tour

As exciting as golf is, it’s also one of the few sports that offers huge money to winners. The PGA Tour is packed with events that offer millions in prize money including:

  • The Players Championship – $20,000,000
  • BMW Championship – $11,500,000
  • FedEx St. Jude Championship – $11,500,000
  • The Memorial Tournament – $10,500,000
  • Zozo Championship – $9,950,000
  • Wells Fargo Championship – $9,000,000
  • RBC Heritage – $8,000,000
  • Sentry Tournament of Champions – $8,000,000
  • Valspar Championship – $7,800,000
  • The Mexico Championship – $7,300,000
  • John Deere Classic – $7,100,000
  • Sanderson Farms Championship – $7,000,000

In all there are 44 FedExCup Regular Season events, that began in 2021 with Fortinet Championship and will end with the 2022 Wyndham Championship.

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