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2023 PGA Championship tips

This year’s 105th PGA Championship will be played on the famed Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York.

The PGA Championship is organized by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.

PGA Champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors for the next five years and are exempt from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life. Winners also receive membership on the PGA and European Tours for the following five seasons and invitations to the PLAYERS Championship for five years.

PGA Championship Tips 2023

The PGA Championship features the strongest field of any of the majors based on the Official World Golf Ranking, with 156 players competing annually for the Wanamaker Trophy. This year’s host course is the famed Oak Hill Country Club.

PGA Championship Qualification Criteria

  • Each former PGA Champion.
  • Last five Masters winners.
  • Last five Open Championship winners.
  • Last three Players Championship winners.
  • Senior PGA Champion.
  • Low 15 scorers and ties in the last PGA Championship.
  • The 20 low scorers in the previous PGA Professional Championship.
  • Top 70 in money standings on the PGA Tour (from a week before the previous year’s PGA Championship to two weeks before this year’s PGA Championship).
  • Players from the most recent US and European Ryder teams, as long as they are in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Any tournament winner co-sponsored or sanctioned by the PGA Tour since the last PGA Championship.
  • The PGA of America can invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
  • The total field is no more than 156 players. Players beneath 70th place in official money standings can also receive an invite.

Course Overview

Oak Hill Country Club is located in Pittsford, New York. It was founded in 1901 and is best known for its East course which has hosted multiple major championships.

The club started out with 9 holes on 85 acres on the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester. In 1921 the University of Rochester proposed a land swap, which allowed the club more space to spread out in a town that was predominantly rural at the time.

The country club decided to take the university up on their offer and moved the club to a 355-acre plot in nearby Pittsford. This swap tripled the size of Oak Hill’s property. The additional space allowed for a large clubhouse as well as two Donald Ross designed courses The courses are known as the East and the West and opened in the mid-1920s.

The East course, which hosts the major tournaments, has had several changes made over the years. Robert Trent Jones Sr. carried out changes in the early 1960s with Tom Fazio and his design group making alterations to the course for the 1989 US Open and 2003 PGA Championship.

In 2019, Oak Hill hired golf architect Andrew Green to remodel some holes and bring them more in line with Donald Ross’ original design. Reconstruction of the East Course began after the 2019 Senior PGA Championship and was completed in May 2020.

The restoration works included replacing the the old bentgrass/Poa annua greens with pure bentgrass. The shape and contours of some greens were restored to the original design. There was also extensive tree removal which has opened up a lot of the holes.

All bunkers were either redone or strategically relocated with intimidating, steep faces. New back tees were added and a new drainage system installed.

The restoration works has brought a lot of the perimeter hole placements back into play. Taking on these new hole locations around the edges will require precision and holding greens will be difficult. Oak Hills is a 7,394 yard Par 70 with small greens averaging 4,500 square feet which will make getting close to pins the standout challenge this week. Putts will be fast and challenging on many of the holes.

With newly opened holes, new bunkers and exposed green edges, Oak Hill will have a different look and feel from previous majors. This Donald Ross masterpiece, perfectly intertwines strategy with challenge.

History tells us that the PGA Championship tends to be kind to longer hitters. Oak Hill will favor those players hitting full shots while in tune with distance and accuracy. Hitting it stiff will be key, especially with players on a learning curve in reading the unfamiliar greens.

It goes without saying that Major Championships are not tournaments to arrive at trying ‘to-find-your-game‘. History tells us that excellent Current Form is key this week. 

Major Championship Winners at Oak Hill

YearTournamentWinnerWinning ScoreMOVRunner(s)-up
1956U.S. OpenCary Middlecoff281
1 strokeBen Hogan, Julius Boros
1968U.S. OpenLee Trevino275
4 strokesJack Nicklaus
1980PGA ChampionshipJack Nicklaus274
7 strokesAndy Bean
1984U.S. Senior OpenMiller Barber286
2 strokesArnold Palmer
1989U.S. OpenCurtis Strange278
1 strokeChip Beck, Mark McCumber, Ian Woosnam
2003PGA ChampionshipShaun Micheel276
2 strokesChad Campbell
2008Senior PGA ChampionshipJay Haas287
1 strokeBernhard Langer
2013PGA ChampionshipJason Dufner270
2 strokesJim Furyk
2019Senior PGA ChampionshipKen Tanigawa277
1 strokeScott McCarron

2023 PGA Championship | Oak Hill Scorecard

1The Challenge446010Council Grove4430
3Vista323012Leaning Oak4399
4The High & Mighty561513Hill of Fame5623
5Little Poison318014Bunker Hill4320
6Double Trouble450315The Plateau3155
7Creek’s Elbow446116Straight Away4458
8Wayside442917Twin Tees4502
9Needle’s Eye448218Goin’ Home4497

PGA Championship Winners Since 2000

YearChampionCourseScoreTo par
2022Justin ThomasSouthern Hills CC275-5
2021Phil MickelsonOcean Course Kiawah Island282-6
2020Collin MorikawaTPC Harding Park267-13
2019Brooks KoepkaBethpage Black272-8
2018Brooks KoepkaBellerive CC264-16
2017Justin ThomasQuail Hollow276-8
2016Jimmy WalkerBaltusrol GC266-14
2015Jason DayWhistling Straits268-20
2014Rory McIlroyValhalla GC268-16
2013Jason DufnerOakland Hills CC270-10
2012Rory McIlroyThe Ocean Course275-13
2011Keegan BradleyAtlanta Athletic Club272-8
2010Martin KaymerWhistling Straits277-11
2009Y.E. YangHazeltine National GC280-8
2008Padraig HarringtonOakland Hills CC277-3
2007Tiger WoodsSouthern Hills CC272-8
2006Tiger WoodsMedinah CC270-18
2005Phil MickelsonBaltusrol GC276-4
2004Vijay SinghWhistling Straits280-8
2003Shaun MicheelOak Hill CC276-4
2002Rich BeemHazeltine Nat’l GC278-10
2001David TomsAtlanta Athl. Club265-15
2000Tiger WoodsValhalla GC270-18

PGA Championship Winning Formula

The following table details the breakdown of the Average Strokes Gained in each of the strokes gained categories for the past six champions of the PGA Championship.

SG CategoryWinner’s Average
Strokes Gained
Average Finishing
Position (SG Category)

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s PGA Championship.

In summary, this week is all about distance accuracy, holding the green, three-putt avoidance, keeping big numbers off the card and trying to convert chances when they present

PGA Championship Tips 2023

Xander Schauffle golf betting tips

Xander Schauffele 16/1 (E/W) – has 3 x Top 16 finishes from his last four starts in the PGA Championship, including a T13 last year when played at Southern Hills. The San Diego native’s form so far this season is top-notch. He has 8 x Top 10’s from thirteen starts including a solo 2nd in his last outing in the Wells Fargo Championship. Around Quail Hollow he was an impressive 4th in SGT2G and 12th in SGP. A zero-red-flag game puts the 29-year-old just outside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 19th on Tour for GIR and 3rd for Scoring Average. Arriving hot to a course that should play to his strengths makes him hard to ignore. Best value at top end of market.

Patrick Cantlay golf betting tips

Patrick Cantlay 18/1 (E/W) – his best result in the recent past at the PGA Championship is a solo 3rd in 2019 when played at Bethpage. A T14 in the Masters was followed by a solo 3rd in the RBC Heritage. He also finished T21 in his last outing at the Wells Fargo Championship. The supremely talented golfer places just outside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 8th on Tour for SGT2G and 2nd for Total Driving. The California native’s iron-play is sublime and if he gets the putter to compliment his tee-to-green game then he will be dangerous if not unbeatable. Just needs to see a few putts drop early on Thursday to get in the groove. Always worth a look each time he tees-it-up.

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