31st Jul 2017 | USPGA Championship
US PGA Championship Trends
The final golf major of the season starts a week Thursday. We narrow down the field by looking at recent winning trends.
A week on Thursday, the PGA Championship visits Quail Hollow for the first time. The final major of the season, it is the last opportunity for players to break their duck.
With the US PGA Championship changing venue each year, winning trends need to be treated with caution, however there are some common threads that tie together the last seven winners.
Top-60 scoring average
The last seven winners all ranked inside the top-60 of their respective tours for scoring average; even 2011 surprise winner Keegan Bradley finished the season ranked 30th.
Top-60 in all-around ranking
The USPGA is generally regarded as a strong all-round test. The last seven winners ranked inside the top-60 for this metric.
Top-60 on tour for birdie average
The USPGA Championship isn’t a tournament you can win by being completely passive. The last seven champions ranked inside the top-60 on tour for birdie average.
Top-25 finish on last start
The last seven winners recorded a top-25 finish in their last start prior to the PGA Championship; for most players this is the WGC-Bridgestone.
Players that fit all four trends: