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PGA Pros with the most PGA Champ appearanes

PGA Professionals with the most PGA Championship appearances

Every year, the top finishers at the PGA Professional Championship are invited to compete in that year’s PGA Championship.

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This year, the 20 players with the best score at Bayonet and Black Horse — where Ryan Vermeer won by two strokes — qualified to play in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive. For some of them, this will be their first appearance at the PGA Championship. Others are repeat visitors.

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But none can hold a candle to Steve Schneiter. Schneiter holds the record for most PGA Championship appearances by a player that qualified as a club professional, with 12. Here is the full list of the top 20:


12 — Steve Schneiter

Steve Schneiter

Most recent: 2014
First: 1996

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11 — Darrell Kestner 

Darrell Kestner

Most recent: 2012
First: 1988

11 — Larry Gilbert 

Most recent: 1992
First: 1972

11 — Jay Overton 

Most recent: 1999
First: 1979

10 — Bob Ford 

Most recent: 2005
First: 1981

10 — Bob Boyd

Bob Boyd

Most recent: 2000
First: 1983

9 — Bob Sowards 

Bob Sowards

Most recent: 2015
First: 1997

9 — Mike Small 

Mike Small

Most recent: 2013
First: 2004

9 — Tim Thelen 

Tim Thelen

Most recent: 2010
First: 1999

8 — Jimmy Wright 

Jimmy Wright

Most recent: 1984
First: 1971

8 — Lonnie Nielsen 

Most recent: 1996
First: 1988

7 — Ron Philo, Jr. 

Ron Philo

Most recent: 2006
First: 1994

7 — Bruce Zabriski 

Most recent: 2002
First: 1994

7 — Gene Borek 

Most recent: 1983
First: 1963

7 — Jeffrey Lankford 

Most recent: 2004
First: 1997

7 — Jim Albus 

Most recent: 1988
First: 1977

7 — John Jackson 

Most recent: 1989
First: 1980

7 — Ken Schall 

Most recent: 2003
First: 1990

7 — Lynn Janson 

Most recent: 1988
First: 1979

7 — Robert Hoyt

Most recent: 1994
First: 1983