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PGA Championship players before they were stars

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and other PGA Championship players before they were stars

The PGA Championship will take place at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, in the second week of August as the world's top players compete for the fourth and final major of the season.

Here's a look at some notable PGA Championship players – past and present – competing in their first-ever PGA Championship before they were stars. Take a look at the side-by-side images to see how they've changed over the course of their careers.

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Tiger Woods

A Tiger Woods side-by-side comparison.

Left: Tiger Woods in a press conference during the 79th PGA Championship held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. August 14-17, 1997. (The PGA of America archives) Right: Woods meets with the media at The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2018. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

Tiger Woods plays the PGA Championship for the first time.

Tiger Woods during the 79th PGA Championship held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. August 14-17, 1997. (The PGA of America archives)

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Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson plays his first PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson and his caddie during the 76th PGA Championship held at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. August 11-14th, 1993. (The PGA of America archives)

Rory McIlroy

A side-by-side comparison of Rory McIlroy over the years.

Left: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery on the 17th hole during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Right: McIlroy waves to the gallery at The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2018. (Photo by Ian Rutherford/USA Today Sports Images)

Rory McIlroy plays his first PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler

A side-by-side comparison of Rickie Fowler over the years.

Left: Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Right: Fowler tees off at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2018. (Jim Dedmon/USA Today Sports Images)

Rickie Fowler at his first PGA Championship.

Rickie Fowler during the third round of play at the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA, on Saturday, August 14, 2010. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas.

Left: Justin Thomas hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 6, 2012 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) Right: Justin Thomas celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas of the United States plays his third shot on the par 5, 16th hole during the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship on The Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 16, 2015 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth.

Left: Jordan Spieth waves to the gallery prior to the fourth round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on May 23, 2010 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images) Right: Jordan Spieth reacts to a missed putt during the first round of the 2017 PGA Championship. (Photo by Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports Images)

Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson plays at the PGA Championship.

Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the third round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 15, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson plays at the PGA Championship.

Dustin Johnson evaluates the ninth green during the first round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 13, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus at the PGA Championship.

Jack Nicklaus won the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont, Pennsylvania after an 18th hole playoff for his first professional victory. He played in his first PGA Championship later that year. (The PGA of America archives)

Gary Player

Gary Player at the PGA Championship.

Gary Player hits a tee shot for the camera in 1961. (The PGA of America archives)

Gary Player at the PGA Championship.

Gary Player poses for a photo at the 1961 PGA Championship. (The PGA of America archives)

Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan.

Ben Hogan, left, receives the Professional Golfer' Association of America's Donor Award from Tom Walsh in 1940, one year after he made his PGA Championship debut. (The PGA of America archives)

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen.

Walter Hagen, second from the right, poses for a group photo at Lake Placid Club in 1922, the year he made his PGA Championship debut. (The PGA of America archives)