The much awaited season’s final major PGA Championship will tee off at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC, on Thursday. Recently, Jordan Spieth became the 13th player to capture the third leg of the modern Grand Slam. After a masterclass performance at Royal Birkdale, golfing experts are expecting Spieth to continue his strong form at the PGA Championship too.
The 24-year-old is favoured at 7/1, and for Spieth, a PGA Championship win means the completion of the Career Grand Slam. The other top two contenders for the championship are Rory McIlroy — with odds of 7-1 while Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked golfer, is right behind them at 9-1.
If Spieth wins at Quail Hollow, he will join Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen on the list of golfers who have completed a career Grand Slam, winning all four majors.
Here DSport has picked up last five winners who have clinched the PGA Championship Title. Have a look:
2016 PGA Championship: Jimmy Walker’s First Major
The final day of the 2016 PGA Championship was a marathon, with some golfers forced to play 36 holes due to bad weather on the previous day. Jimmy Walker won the tournament by one stroke over defending champ Jason Day. It was Walker’s sixth win on the PGA Tour, but his first win in a major championship. He had three career Top 10 finishes in majors prior to this, and his previous best finish in a major was a tie for seventh at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Walker started the game fast with a 65 to take the first-round lead. And he held the lead after each round – a wire-to-wire victory – even after Robert Streb matched the major championship scoring record of 63 in the second round.
2015 PGA Championship: Jason Day the first major winner to card a 20-under-par total
Jason Day won his first major championship title with a total score of 268 (−20) at Whistling Straits. He also posted the lowest score in relation to par ever recorded in a major (a mark since equalled by Henrik Stenson during his win at the 2016 Open Championship). Day has recorded two top-10s and a tie for 15th in previous visits to the year’s final major. World No.7 Day is confident of continuing his dominant US PGA Championship record at Quail Hollow this week. Let’s see how he performs!
2014 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy’s second PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy won his second PGA Championship and fourth career major title. He produced superb back nine to beat Phil Mickelson by just one shot at Valhalla. The Northern Irishman began the final day game with a one-shot lead and finished at 16-under to hold off Phil Mickelson, who finished second at 15-under in the final major of the men’s season. McIlroy became the third-youngest player to win four majors — ahead of Woods and between Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros.
2013 PGA Championship: Jason Dufner’s First Major Title at Oak Hill Country Club
Jason Dufner got his first career major championship with a 2-shot victory over Jim Furyk. Even with bogeys on the last two holes at Oak Hill, Dufner closed with a 2-under 68 to capture his first major. It was the third Tour win for Dufner and his first major title. He began final day’s game at 8-under, a shot behind a 54-hole leader and playing partner Furyk but pulled ahead with a 3-under 32 on the front nine and hung onto a two-stroke lead for the entire back nine.
2012 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy the youngest player to win two majors
Rory McIlroy won his second major with a brilliant eight-shot victory in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66 (−6) in the final round to win his second major title by eight strokes over runner-up David Lynn. He became the youngest winner of the tournament since it adopted stroke play in 1958, while his eight-shot victory was also a new PGA Championship record, beating the previous biggest winning margin set by Jack Nicklaus 32 years ago.
McIlroy also became the youngest player to win two majors since Spain’s Seve Ballesteros achieved the feat in 1980.