PGA Championship has plenty of legitimate candidates to be first-time major winners
The PGA Championship gets a bit of a bad rap at times for being the major championship that produces first-time major winners, and sometimes major winners who never win another major again.
Think about names like Collin Morikawa, Rich Beem, Keegan Bradley, Mark Brooks, Jimmy Walker, and even Jason Day and Justin Thomas. They have all won the PGA Championship as their first major win and, at least for now, their only major win.
The bad rap is that other major championships produce first-time winners who have yet to win another major. Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson and Shane Lowry have won three of the past four British Opens as their only major titles. Hideki Matsuyama, Danny Willett, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia fall into the same category at the Masters, and Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Gary Woodland and Bryson DeChambeau are one-and- done (so far) major winners in the past eight U.S. Opens.
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But the PGA Championship certainly holds the image of the surprise or first-time winner for men’s major golf events. With the championship being played this week on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, home of a past PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup, the question is obvious: Which golfer will break through for his first major win this week in the wind and sand dunes?
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