The US PGA Championship is scheduled to get underway at Bethpage Black Course, New York, on Thursday. American Brooks Koepka won the event last year, claiming $2 million in the process. Koepka, along with Masters champion Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose have all been listed as potential winners of the second major of the year, however, who could surprise the field and claim a shock win? We’ve taken a look at 20 players who could spring a shock in New York this weekend.
The 25-year-old is yet to finish in the top 10 of any major tournament, however, the American has been in fine form of late and currently sits 8th in the world rankings.
Fowler is always around the chasing pack at any major event and finished third back in 2014. This event could finally be his time to land his first major title.
Day won this event back in 2015 and the Australian will need to use all that experience again if he is to spring another surprise this weekend.
Even though Spieth won three major titles by the age of 24, the American has struggled of late, dropping to 39th in the world rankings. It would be a surprise if he is to win his first PGA Championship this weekend, however, Spieth certainly has the capabilities to do so.
Fleetwood, ranked 16th in the world, enjoyed a fine year in 2018 and could be another who could shock the field, especially if he brings his Ryder Cup performance to New York.
Like Fleetwood, Spaniard Rahm also shone at the Ryder Cup last year. The 24-year-old finished third in the competition last year and will be hoping to go two better and claim his first major title.
Finau has impressed so far this year and was in the hunt for the green jacket at the Masters earlier this year. If he can replicate that performance, then the American will surely be in with a chance this weekend.
Schauffele also impressed at the Masters earlier this year and finished just one shot behind winner Tiger Woods. The 25-year-old finished down in 35th place at the US PGA Championship last year, but may still be one to lookout for this weekend.
The 2018 Masters winner, ranked 20th in the world, has plenty of experience in pressure situations over the past couple of years and may well go one better than his second place finish in 2017 this year.
Despite never winning a major title, Poulter can never be written off. The 43-year-old may well cause a surprise if he can make it into the weekend’s action.
Australian Scott, currently ranked 27th in the world, finished third in this event last year. If he can replicate that performance, he could be another to cause a surprise in New York.
There’s always one surprise veteran who breaks through the field in a major, and Kuchar, a fan favourite, could be that man this year.
Japan’s Matsuyama has been on the cusp of a maiden major win in the past, and despite struggling recently, could be another to look out for in New York.
Two-time Masters winner Watson finished second in the US PGA Championship back in 2010. Ranked number 18 in the world, the American could be another to challenge the heavy favourites.
Experienced Spaniard Garcia finally claimed his maiden major title back in 2017. The 39-year-old tends to blow hot or cold in major tournaments, so is certainly one to look out for on the opening day.
Swede Stenson currently sits 40th in the world rankings. The 43-year-old has gone close at the tournament before, finishing third in 2013 and 2014.
American Simpson has struggled at this event during his career, with his best finish coming back in 2016 in a tie for 13th. The 33-year-old is ranked 19th in the world though, so shouldn’t be ruled out as a potential winner.
South African Oosthuizen finished second behind Justin Thomas back in 2017 and always appears to do well in this specific major. The 36-year-old is currently ranked 21st in the world and could be another to look out for.
Englishman Casey is another experienced golfer yet to win a major title. The 41-year-old has gone close in the past and may well be a contender following his impressive performance at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month.
American Mickelson can never be ruled out of any major tournament. The five-time major winner won this tournament back in 2005, so certainly has all the experience needed to win this weekend.
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