Kiawah's got talent
The 156-player roster for the PGA Championship includes the top 108 players in the current Official World Golf Ranking, and includes 32 major champions who own a total of 58 major titles.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., which has earned its "stripes" for unpredictable challenges since its debut 21 years ago, will host the strongest and deepest all-professional field of the year, Aug. 6-12, at the 94th PGA Championship.
The 156-player roster includes the top 108 players on the current Official World Golf Rankings. The field features 32 major champions, 71 international players representing 21 countries, and all three of the year's major winners. They will compete for the Wanamaker Trophy in the first major golf championship to visit South Carolina.
Defending Champion Keegan Bradley stunned the golf world a year ago by becoming only the third player in nearly a century to win a major in his first attempt. He is one of 13 past Champions in the field. He is joined by Rich Beem (2002), Mark Brooks (1996), John Daly (1991), Padraig Harrington (2008), Martin Kaymer (2010), Davis Love III (1997), Shaun Micheel (2003), Phil Mickelson (2005), Vijay Singh (1998, 2004), David Toms (2001), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, '06, '07), and Y.E. Yang (2009).
The 32 major champions competing at The Ocean Course own a combined 58 major championships. They are: Beem, Bradley, Mark Brooks, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Ben Curtis, Daly, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Love, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Micheel, Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Jose Maria Olazabal, Louis Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson, Charl Schwartzel, Singh, Toms, Bubba Watson, Woods, and Yang.
The Ocean Course joins PGA National Golf Club of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Valhalla Golf Club of Louisville, Ky., in hosting the PGA of America's four premier championships – the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the PGA Professional National Championship.
Reigning PGA Professional National Champion Matt Dobyns of Sea Cliff, N.Y., the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., heads a delegation of 20 PGA Club Professionals earning a berth at the PGA Championship. The 20 earned a berth through last June's PGA Professional National Championship in Seaside, Calif.
Since 1994, the PGA Championship has featured the most ranked players among any major championship and has brought together the most international competitors in any U.S. major. The field will be completed following the conclusion of this weekend's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open.
Golf's best professionals began competing for the PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy in 1916. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, and Martin Kaymer. Limited tickets to the 94th PGA Championship remain for both practice and competition days.