2019 PGA Championship

The 2019 PGA Championship was the 101st edition of the PGA Championship, and the second of golf's four major championships in 2019, held May 16–19 at the Black Course in Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, New York. This was the first edition under the new schedule in which the PGA Championship is the second major of the year, having previously been the final one for decades.[1] It was the third major and first PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, which hosted U.S. Opens in 2002 and 2009, won by Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, respectively.[2]

2019 PGA Championship
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Tournament information
DatesMay 16–19, 2019
LocationFarmingdale, New York
40°44′31″N 73°27′18″W / 40.742°N 73.455°W / 40.742; -73.455Coordinates: 40°44′31″N 73°27′18″W / 40.742°N 73.455°W / 40.742; -73.455
Course(s)Bethpage State Park
Black Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par70
Length7,459 yards (6,821 m)
Field156 players, 82 after cut
Cut144 (+4)
Prize fund$11,000,000
8,620,017
Winner's share$1,980,000
€1,551,603
Champion
United States Brooks Koepka
272 (−8)
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Brooks Koepka won his second PGA Championship, and fourth major, by two strokes ahead of runner-up Dustin Johnson. By doing so he became first player to successfully defend both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open in a career, and became fourth player to successfully defend two different majors in a career. At age 29 he became the only player currently under 30 to win at least four majors, and he returned to being ranked number one in the world. Johnson became the eighth player to have runner-ups in all four majors.[3][4]

Koepka hit a joint record PGA Championship low score of 63 in the first round, and a 65 in the second, to have the lowest 36-hole score in major history, and the largest 36-hole PGA Championship lead (7 strokes) in PGA Championship history. He hit a level par 70 in the third round, to retain a 7 stroke lead going into the final day. He held a healthy lead until a late charge from Johnson brought him within one stroke, but a four over par 74 was enough to get Koepka over the line.[3]

Given his recent win in the Masters, and his 2002 U.S. Open win at Bethpage, Tiger Woods had a lot of media attention leading into the tournament, but missed the cut. Given the length of the course, long hitters were expected to do well, and Koepka and Johnson were among the favorites. Rory McIlroy was also among the favorites but finished tied for eighth.[5] After struggling recently for form, Jordan Spieth finished tied for third in his attempt to complete the career grand slam.[3]

The leading PGA Club Pro, and winner of his second Crystal Bowl, was Rob Labritz. He finished tied for 60th at 10-over-par.[3]

Course layoutEdit

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 430 4 10 502 4
2 389 4 11 435 4
3 230 3 12 515 4
4 517 5 13 608 5
5 478 4 14 161 3
6 408 4 15 484 4
7 524 4 16 490 4
8 210 3 17 207 3
9 460 4 18 411 4
Out 3,646 35 In 3,813 35
Source:[6] Total 7,459 70

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

FieldEdit

The following qualification criteria were used to select the field. Each player is listed according to the first category by which he qualified with additional categories in which he qualified shown in parentheses. Dates when a qualifying category will be completely determined are indicated in italics.[7][8]

1. All former winners of the PGA Championship

Rich Beem, Keegan Bradley (9,11), John Daly, Jason Day (9), Jason Dufner, Pádraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer (3), Brooks Koepka (3,7,9,10,11), Rory McIlroy (4,5,9,10,11), Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (9,10,11), Jimmy Walker, Tiger Woods (2,7,9,10,11), Yang Yong-eun

2. Winners of the last five Masters Tournaments

Sergio García (9,10), Patrick Reed (9,10), Jordan Spieth (3,4,7,10), Danny Willett

3. Winners of the last five U.S. Open Championships

Dustin Johnson (9,10,11)

4. Winners of the last five Open Championships

Zach Johnson, Francesco Molinari (7,9,10,11), Henrik Stenson (10)

5. Winners of the last three Players Championships

Kim Si-woo (9), Webb Simpson (9,10,11)

6. Current Senior PGA Champion
  • Due to the change in the date of the PGA Championship, which moves the PGA Championship prior to the same year's Senior PGA Championship (specifically the week before), this exemption will not be used in 2019.
7. Top-15 and ties in the 2018 PGA Championship

Daniel Berger, Rafa Cabrera-Bello (9), Rickie Fowler (9,10,11), Tyrrell Hatton (9,10), Kevin Kisner (9,11), Shane Lowry, Thomas Pieters, Jon Rahm (9,10,11), Chez Reavie (9), Adam Scott (9), Brandon Stone, Gary Woodland (9)

8. Top-20 in the 2019 PGA Professional Championship

Danny Balin, Alex Beach, Rich Berberian Jr., Justin Bertsch, Craig Bowden, Jason Caron, Ben Cook, Stuart Deane, Andrew Filbert, Tyler Hall, Craig Hocknull, Marty Jertson, Rob Labritz, Brian Mackey, John O'Leary, Rod Perry, Casey Russell, Jeffrey Schmid, Cory Schneider, Ryan Vermeer

9. Top-70 leaders in official money standings from the 2018 Players Championship to the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship

An Byeong-hun, Abraham Ancer, Ryan Armour, Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey (10,11), Corey Conners (11), Joel Dahmen, Bryson DeChambeau (10,11), Tony Finau (10), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood (10), Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Adam Hadwin, Charley Hoffman, J. B. Holmes (11), Max Homa (11), Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III (11), Im Sung-jae, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar (11), Danny Lee, Marc Leishman (11), Hideki Matsuyama, Keith Mitchell (11), Ryan Moore, Kevin Na (11), Louis Oosthuizen, Ryan Palmer (11), Pan Cheng-tsung (11), Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter (10), Andrew Putnam (11), Justin Rose (10,11), Xander Schauffele (11), Cameron Smith, Brandt Snedeker (11), J. J. Spaun, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Tway (11), Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas, Bubba Watson (10,11), Aaron Wise (11)

10. Members of the United States and European 2018 Ryder Cup teams

Alex Norén, Thorbjørn Olesen

11. Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the 2018 Players Championship

Cameron Champ, Kang Sung-hoon (13), Michael Kim, Adam Long, Graeme McDowell, Troy Merritt, Martin Trainer

12. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Lucas Bjerregaard, Alexander Björk, Sam Burns, Jorge Campillo, Ross Fisher, Ryan Fox, Dylan Frittelli, Chesson Hadley, Justin Harding, Brian Harman, Lucas Herbert, Beau Hossler, Shugo Imahira, Jazz Janewattananond, Brendan Jones, Kurt Kitayama, Patton Kizzire, Russell Knox, Satoshi Kodaira, Mikko Korhonen, Tom Lewis, Li Haotong, David Lipsky, Luke List, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Joost Luiten, Shaun Norris, Adrián Otaegui, Eddie Pepperell, Pat Perez, Richard Sterne, Steve Stricker, Julian Suri, Michael Thompson, Erik van Rooyen, Matt Wallace, Lee Westwood

13. Players below 70th place in official money standings, to fill the field
Alternates (per category 13)
  1. Bronson Burgoon (75th in standings) – replaced Charl Schwartzel[9]
  2. Kang Sung-hoon (76) – replaced Davis Love III but subsequently qualified under category 11[9]
  3. Richy Werenski (77) – replaced Sam Ryder[9]
  4. Patrick Rodgers (80) – did not play due to injury[9]
  5. Joaquín Niemann (83) – took spot reserved for AT&T Byron Nelson winner[9]
  6. Kelly Kraft (84) – replaced Justin Thomas[11][9]
  7. J. T. Poston (85) – replaced Vijay Singh[10]

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (90) South America (3) Europe (33) Oceania (10) Asia (12) Africa (8)
  Canada (2)   Argentina (1)   England (12)   Australia (8)   China (1)   South Africa (8)
  Mexico (1)   Chile (1)   Northern Ireland (2)   New Zealand (2)   Japan (3)
  United States (87)   Venezuela (1)   Scotland (1)   South Korea (5)
  Ireland (2)   Taiwan (1)
  Belgium (1)   Thailand (2)
  Denmark (2)
  Finland (1)
  France (1)
  Germany (1)
  Italy (1)
  Netherlands (1)
  Spain (5)
  Sweden (3)

Because of arthritis in his right knee, John Daly was given permission to use a golf cart, the first player to use one in a major championship since Casey Martin in the 2012 U.S. Open.[13]

WeatherEdit

  • Thursday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High of 68 °F/20 °C. Wind NW 10–15 mph.
  • Friday: Partly cloudy with showers. High of 65 °F/18 °C. Winds SSW 10–15 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny. High of 71 °F/22 °C. Wind NNW 5–10 mph.
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High of 68 °F/20 °C. Wind S 12–18 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.[3]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Defending champion Brooks Koepka led after the first round with a bogey-free course-record 63.[14] It was the second time Koepka had scored 63 in a major championship; the first being in the second round when winning in 2018.[15] World number 119, Danny Lee was a stroke behind after a round of 64 which included eight birdies and two bogeys. Tommy Fleetwood was in third place, four behind Koepka. 16 players broke the par of 70, including world number-one Dustin Johnson. Masters champion Tiger Woods scored 72, a round that contained an eagle, three birdies, three bogeys and two double-bogeys.[16]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brooks Koepka   United States 63 −7
2 Danny Lee   New Zealand 64 −6
3 Tommy Fleetwood   England 67 −3
T4 Kang Sung-hoon   South Korea 68 −2
Luke List   United States
Mike Lorenzo-Vera   France
Pat Perez   United States
Chez Reavie   United States
T9 Patrick Cantlay   United States 69 −1
Jason Day   Australia
Rickie Fowler   United States
Dustin Johnson   United States
Kim Si-woo   South Korea
Phil Mickelson   United States
Jordan Spieth   United States
Matt Wallace   England
Source:[17]

Second roundEdit

Friday, May 17, 2019

Brooks Koepka shot a second round 65 which included seven birdies and two bogeys. He set a new record for the lowest 36-hole score in a major championship and his seven stroke lead over Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth also set a 36-hole PGA Championship record and was the largest at the halfway point of any major championship since Henry Cotton led by nine in the 1934 Open Championship.[18] Scott was the only player to score lower than Koepka, with a round of 64 than included seven birdies in the first 14 holes and a bogey at the 17th. Danny Lee, in second place after the first round, dropped six shots in his first seven holes and finished with a round of 74.[19]

82 players made the cut at 144, four strokes over par. Amongst those missing the cut were Masters champion Tiger Woods and world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau. Three PGA club professionals made the cut: Marty Jertson, Rob Labritz and Ryan Vermeer. This was the most since the number of qualifiers through the PGA Professional Championship was reduced from 25 to 20 in 2006.[20]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brooks Koepka   United States 63-65=128 −12
T2 Adam Scott   Australia 71-64=135 −5
Jordan Spieth   United States 69-66=135
T4 Daniel Berger   United States 70-66=136 −4
Dustin Johnson   United States 69-67=136
Kelly Kraft   United States 71-65=136
Luke List   United States 68-68=136
Matt Wallace   England 69-67=136
9 Justin Rose   England 70-67=137 −3
T10 Tommy Fleetwood   England 67-71=138 −2
Rickie Fowler   United States 69-69=138
Jazz Janewattananond   Thailand 70-68=138
Kang Sung-hoon   South Korea 68-70=138
Danny Lee   New Zealand 64-74=138
Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 70-68=138
Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 70-68=138
Erik van Rooyen   South Africa 70-68=138
Harold Varner III   United States 71-67=138
Source:[17]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Brooks Koepka maintained his seven stroke lead after a level-par 70, a round that included three birdies and three bogeys. His seven shot lead after three rounds was a record for the PGA Championship, although he failed to break the 54-hole scoring record of 196 held by David Toms in the 2001 championship.[21] Jazz Janewattananond and Harold Varner III had the best rounds of the day, both scoring 67 and moving into a tie for second place. Also tied for second were Dustin Johnson and Luke List. Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth both scored 72, dropping from second place into a tie for eighth.[22]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brooks Koepka   United States 63-65-70=198 −12
T2 Jazz Janewattananond   Thailand 70-68-67=205 −5
Dustin Johnson   United States 69-67-69=205
Luke List   United States 68-68-69=205
Harold Varner III   United States 71-67-67=205
T6 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 70-68-68=206 −4
Matt Wallace   England 69-67-70=206
T8 Patrick Cantlay   United States 69-70-68=207 −3
Xander Schauffele   United States 70-69-68=207
Adam Scott   Australia 71-64-72=207
Jordan Spieth   United States 69-66-72=207
Source:[17]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SummaryEdit

Defending champion Brooks Koepka won the championship with an 8-under-par score of 272. Leading by seven shots at the start of the day, he had five bogeys in the last eight holes but held on to win, two strokes ahead of runner-up Dustin Johnson. With three holes to play, world number one Johnson had closed to within a stroke of Koepka, but dropped strokes at the 16th and 17th holes. Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, and Matt Wallace finished tied for third place, six shots behind Koepka. Jazz Janewattananond started the day in a tie for second place but dropped seven strokes in the last seven holes and finished out of the top 10. Only six players broke the par of 280.[23]

Rob Labritz won the crystal bowl as the leading PGA club professional at 290 (+10), tied for sixtieth place.[17][24]

Final leaderboardEdit

Champion
Crystal Bowl winner (leading PGA Club Pro)
(c) = past champion

Note: Top 15 and ties qualify for the 2020 PGA Championship; top 4 and ties qualify for the 2020 Masters Tournament

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Brooks Koepka (c)   United States 63-65-70-74=272 −8 1,980,000
2 Dustin Johnson   United States 69-67-69-69=274 −6 1,188,000
T3 Patrick Cantlay   United States 69-70-68-71=278 −2 575,500
Jordan Spieth   United States 69-66-72-71=278
Matt Wallace   England 69-67-70-72=278
6 Luke List   United States 68-68-69-74=279 −1 380,000
7 Kang Sung-hoon   South Korea 68-70-70-72=280 E 343,650
T8 Matt Kuchar   United States 70-70-72-69=281 +1 264,395
Shane Lowry   Ireland 75-69-68-69=281
Rory McIlroy (c)   Northern Ireland 72-71-69-69=281
Adam Scott   Australia 71-64-72-74=281
Erik van Rooyen   South Africa 70-68-70-73=281
Gary Woodland   United States 70-70-73-68=281
Source:[17]

Hole by hole scorecard progressionEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4
  Koepka −11 −11 −11 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −12 −11 −10 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8
  Johnson −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −7 −6 −6
  Cantlay −4 −4 −3 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2
  Spieth −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2
  Wallace −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2
  List −5 −4 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 −2 −3 −3 E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1
  Kang −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 E E E E +1 E E E E
  Janewattananond −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −3 −2 −1 E +1 +2 +2
  Varner III −6 −6 −4 −2 −1 −1 E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +3 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
Source:[17]

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External linksEdit

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2019 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
2019 U.S. Open