PGA Championship | Ten players to watch

With the most successful peloton of the season – 99 players from top 100 World Championship – the PGA Championship has a long list of title contenders, but here are a few players who should grab your attention.

10. Matt Fitzpatrick, England, 20e global

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Matt fitzpatrick

6e participation (41e in 2019)

The England player has been slow to find his feet on the PGA Tour but is currently enjoying his best season with four conclusions in the top 10 and a lot of consistency. At 26, he seems ready to get a good result in a major tournament and particularly appreciates demanding courses like that of Kiawah Island.

9. Viktor Hovland, Norway, 11e global

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Viktor Hovland

2e participation (33e in 2020)

At 23, the Norwegian already has two victories on the PGA Tour and has just completed two third places. In five major tournament appearances, he never missed the weekend rounds. He is going to discover Kiawah Island, but his two victories were obtained on courses with the same grass of Paspalum…

8. Jordan Spieth, United States, 26e global

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Jordan spieth

9e participation (2e in 2015)

The American found his way back to victory recently after a long food shortage and regained his confidence on the Greens. Already a four-time winner in a major tournament, he could become this week, at the age of 27, the sixth player only to achieve a grand slam in his career.

7. Justin Thomas, United States, 2e global

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Justin thomas

6e participation (champion in 2017)

The 28-year-old American already has 14 victories on the PGA Tour, but only one major title, in the PGA Championship in 2017. A little behind his victory in the Players’ Championship, Thomas remains however one favorites due to his full play and ability to handle pressure well.

6. Collin Morikawa, United States, 6e global

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Collin morikawa

2e participation (champion in 2020)

Winner last year in San Francisco, with exceptional play and a miraculous stroke at 16e hole in the final stage, the young American has confirmed that he has the makings of a great star and he already has 4 victories on the PGA Tour. The pressure will be different this season, but Morikawa has the game to do well at Kiawah Island.

5. Dustin Johnson, United States, 1er global

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Dustin Johnson

12e participation (2e in 2019 and 2020)

At its 12e participation, the American remains on 2 consecutive second places in the PGA Championship and he has the chance this season to play in his home state of South Carolina. A little behind this season, with only one result of top 10, the world number one should however raise his level on a course that suits his qualities.

4. Jon Rahm, Spain, 3e global

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Jon rahm

5e participation (4e in 2018)

Still in the game in major tournament since 2018, the Spaniard has inherited in spite of himself the label of “the best player still looking for a first big title”. Having recently become a father, at the age of 26, apparently more serene, he has all the assets to do well on Kiawah Island.

3. Xander Sc Chaudele, United States-U., 4e global

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Xander Scheatele

5e participation (10e in 2020)

With already 8 results from top 10 in 15 participations, 2 second places, 2 third places, ScHotele is perhaps the current best player in major tournaments. Third at Augusta last month, the 26-year-old American is at the top of his game and will find Kiawah Island a course to suit him.

2. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, 7e global

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Rory McIlroy

13e participation (champion in 2012 and 2014)

Much like Jordan Spieth, McIlroy ended a long famine two weeks ago at Quail Hollow to regain his confidence and approach the PGA Championship in the best possible way. It was at Kiawah Island that he won the 2012 tournament with a priority of eight shots.

1. Bryson DeChambeau, United States, 5e global

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Bryson DeChambeau

5e participation (4e in 2020)

Not really a pattern of consistency – it only has 2 results of top 10 in 18 major tournaments – DeChambeau can however be dominant when all the elements of his game are in place and he finds a course that suits him. According to many experts, this is the case on Kiawah Island and the American could put on quite a show …

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