PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Facts, figures, history, trivia for the final major of the golf season

2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker with the trophy
Jimmy Walker plants a kiss on the PGA Championship trophy in 2016. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The PGA Championship is one of golf's four major championships. It is played yearly at different courses and hosted by the Professional Golfers Association, a k a the PGA of America.

The tournament is 72 holes of stroke play and the field includes, in addition to top tour golfers, 20 PGA club professionals who play their way in through a national championship tournament. The PGA Championship was first played in 1916.

The PGA Championship, in its modern history, has traditionally been played in August and is the last of the four majors on the golf calendar. Beginning in 2019, however, the tournament will move to May and fall in-between The Masters and the U.S. Open on the majors calendar.

2020 PGA Championship

  • When: May 14-17, 2020
  • Where: TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Ticket info

2019 PGA Championship

Defending champion Brooks Koepka made it two in a row with a two-stroke victory. Koepka stumbled in the final round, shooting 4-over 74. He made five back-nine bogeys in Round 4, including four in a row. But since he entered the final round with a 7-stroke lead — the largest in the tournament's stroke-play era — he had the cushion he needed. Dustin Johnson was the runner-up. Koepka, at the time of the 2019 PGA, was also the 2-time defending champ at the U.S. Open. Winning a second PGA in a row made him the first golfer ever to hold back-to-back titles in two different majors at the same time. Read more/view scores

Top Finishers
Brooks Koepka, 272
Dustin Johnson, 274
Jordan Spieth, 278
Patrick Cantlay, 278
Matt Wallace, 278
Luke List, 279
Sung Kang, 280

Recent PGA Championship Results

2018 PGA Championship

At Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, Brooks Koepka set or tied tournament scoring records to hold off a charging Tiger Woods and win the major. Koepka finished with a two-stroke victory over Woods, who was trying to win his first major in 10 years. For Koepka, it was his third career major championship victory—and his third win in the last five majors he played. Full Scores

2017 PGA Championship
Justin Thomas made a series of great birdies during a stretch from the ninth hole through the 13th to seize control, and went on to win by two strokes. Thomas' birdie on the ninth was a 36-footer. He chipped in from 40 feet on No. 13. In-between, Thomas added a birdie on the 10th, where his ball stopped on the lip and then fell in after several seconds. It was Thomas' fourth win of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season and his first win in a major. Read more/view scores

PGA Championship Facts and Figures

PGA Championship Winners & Scores
Check the list of winners through the years, going back to the first PGA Championship in 1916. Click on the year of the tournament to view the scores and read a recap of that year's event.

PGA Champions Dinner
Like at The Masters, at the PGA Championship every year there is a Champions Dinner. What's on the menu? And did you know that defending PGA champs also give gifts when they host the dinner?

PGA Championship FAQs
When and where was the tournament first played? Who has won it most often? What is the cut rule and playoff format? Why is the trophy named what it is? Find answers to these questions and more.

PGA Championship Records
Look through this interesting list of tournament records. You're sure to find some interesting facts.

PGA Championship Courses
Where has each PGA Championship been played? See the list of championship golf courses.

Future Sites

  • 2020: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 2021: Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), South Carolina
  • 2022: Trump National Bedminster, Bedminster Township, N.J.

Qualifying Criteria for the PGA Championship

How do golfers get into the field for the PGA Championship? Here is hte list of ways golfers qualify for places in the field:

  1. All former winners of the PGA Championship
  2. Winners of the last five Masters
  3. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens
  4. Winners of the last five Open Championships
  5. Winner of the current-year Senior PGA Championship
  6. The top 15 finishers and ties from last year's PGA Championship
  7. The top 20 finishers from the current-year PGA Professional Championship (these are the 20 club professionals in the field).
  8. The top 70 players who have earned the most PGA Championship points over the previous one-year period (points based on PGA Tour money earnings).
  9. Playing members of the last named U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams provided they remain within the top 100 on the Official World Golf Rankings as of the specified cut-off date (approximately one month prior to PGA Championship).
  10. Winners of PGA Tour co-sponsored or approved tournaments, whose victories are considered official, from last year's PGA Championship to the current-year one.
  11. In Olympic years, the gold medal winner in the golf from the Summer Olympics.
  12. Any other golfer not otherwise qualified but invited by the PGA of America.
  13. If necessary to complete the field, those players beyond the top 70 players who have earned the most PGA Championship points (No. 8), in order of their position on such list.