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.

2018 PGA Championship

  • When: Aug. 9-12, 2018
  • Where: Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri
  • Ticket info

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

Recent PGA Championship Results

2016 PGA Championship
The tournament was forced to a 36-hole final day due to inclement weather, and the golfer who emerged after that marathon was Jimmy Walker.

In fact, after opening with a 65 in Round 1, it was a wire-to-wire win for Walker. He topped defending champ Jason Day, the runner-up, by one stroke. Read more

2015 PGA Championship
Jason Day had multiple close calls in previous majors, including in 2015. At the 2015 PGA Championship, he put those near-misses behind him by winning a major for the first time.

And in so doing, he finished at 20-under par - the first golfer ever to post that score in relation to par in a major. Day won by three shots over Jordan Spieth, who was trying for his third major win of the year. Day led Spieth by two at the beginning of the final round, and shot 67 to Spieth's 68 in Round 4. Read more

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.

Key FAQs for tournament week:

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

  • 2018: Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 2019: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.
  • 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
  1. The top 20 finishers from the current-year PGA Professional Championship (these are the 20 club professionals in the field).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. In Olympic years, the gold medal winner in the golf from the Summer Olympics.
  6. Any other golfer not otherwise qualified but invited by the PGA of America.
  7. 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.