2012 PGA Championship Facts

Published 24/07/2012 18:17:10

The PGA Championship is the third oldest of golf's four majors, having been established in 1916. This is the 94th PGA Championship in total.

It will be played at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. This is the first time the PGA Championship has been played here, and indeed the first time the Ocean Course has hosted one of golf's four major championships. The largest tournament the resort has previously played host to is 1991's Ryder Cup.

The Ocean Course is rated 25th in Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses of America .

The Ocean Course has a course rating of 77.2, but with utilisation of the extra yardage, afforded by unmarked tee boxes, it can stretch to a monstrous 79.2. This is the officially the highest in the USA.

Keegan Bradley won the 2011 title to claim his first major, becoming the third new major winner in succession. The last PGA Championship winner to have already held another of the four was Padraig Harrington in 2008.

If Tiger Woods wins, it will be his fifth PGA Championship, tying him with Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus. The only other multiple winner in the field is Vijay Singh, who has won it twice.

Sam Snead has played in more PGA Championships than anyone else - 38.

Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up an incredible four times, and in the top ten 15 times. The Golden Bear has also made the cut at the PGA Championship 27 times - a record he shares with Raymond Floyd.

In the modern era, both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the youngest winners, at 23 years old. The youngest ever winner is Gene Sarazen at 20 years old, in 1922.

The oldest winner is Julius Boros, aged 48 years and four months. Nicklaus won his last PGA at the age of 40. Tiger Woods is currently 36.

The winner's share of the overall prize fund is $1,445,000, the highest of all four majors.

The lowest recorded score to par is -18, achieved twice by Tiger Woods in 2000, 2006 and Bob May in 2000. The lowest aggregate score is 265, achieved by David Toms in 2001 - a record for all of the majors.

If scores are tied after 72 holes, a playoff will ensue. Unlike the Masters, it will be three-hole aggregate-score playoff followed by sudden death if necessary. The US Open features a full 18-hole fifth round, and The Open Championship features four extra holes.

The US Open has gone to a playoff more times than any other major: 33 times. The PGA has gone to 18 playoffs. The other majors are: The Open 19 playoffs and The Masters 15.

Only 13 players from outside the USA have won the PGA, a total of 17 times. International champions are:

Jim Barnes, England - 1916, '19
Jock Hutchison, Scotland - 1920
Tommy Armour, Scotland - 1930
Jim Ferrier, Australia - 1947
Gary Player, South Africa - 1962, '72
David Graham, Australia - 1979
Wayne Grady, Australia - 1990
Nick Price, South Africa - 1992, '94
Steve Elkington, Australia - 1995
Vijay Singh, Fiji - 1998, 2004
Padraig Harrington, Ireland - 2008
Y.E. Yang, South Korea - 2009
Martin Kaymer, Germany - 2010

The following former champions will be in the field:

Paul Azinger, Rich Beem, Keegan Bradley, Mark Brooks, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Pádraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer (9), Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson, Larry Nelson, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Tiger Woods, Y. E. Yang

The following former champions are eligible but unlikely to complete:

Jack Burke, Jr., Dow Finsterwald, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Al Geiberger, Wayne Grady, David Graham, Hubert Green, Don January, John Mahaffey, Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino, Bob Tway, Lanny Wadkins


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