Three years after the last time, Francesco Molinari returns to play the PGA Championship. In Tulsa (USA), Oklahoma, everything is ready for the 104th edition of the eagerly awaited tournament which, from 19 to 22 May, will see 156 competitors compete, including the best 19 in the world.
Fifteen years after the last time, the second male Major of 2022 returns as protagonist at the Southern Hills Country Club, where Tiger Woods conquered the tournament for the fourth and last time in 2007. And the Californian champion will be among the protagonists of the coveted event.
"The Big Cat", after returning to The Masters, will compete in the PGA Championship (whose story began in 1916) with the dream of winning it for the fifth time and emulating what was done in the past by Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus, the two record holder of the competition.
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Fresh from 17th place at the AT&T Byron Nelson (PGA Tour), his second best result of the season, Chicco Molinari is looking for a turning point in the United States. In a tournament that has already seen him in the top 10 three times: the first in 2009 (tenth), the second in 2017 (when he touched the feat and finished second behind Justin Thomas) and the third in 2018 (sixth) .
The Piedmontese will play the first two rounds of the competition alongside England’s Lee Westwood and American Gary Woodland. It will be a show challenge in Tulsa where Scottie Scheffler (who has already made his four tournaments this year, including The Masters) will try to defend his leadership from the assaults of Jon Rahm.
Second in the world ranking, the Spaniard to return to the throne must win and hope that the American closes beyond fifth place (or, alternatively, fifth, tied with another or more competitors). Great chance for Jordan Spieth.
The Texan, who in the last two races has won the RBC Heritage, finishing second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, has the opportunity to complete the Grand Slam and reach Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Woods in history.
From Collin Morikawa (champion in 2020) to Brooks Koepka (signed in 2018 and 2019), from Cameron Smith to Rory McIlroy. These and many more are the champions in the field. On the other hand, the appeal will miss Phil Mickelson who, in 2021 (sixteen years after the first time), raised the Wanamaker Trophy to the sky for the second time, establishing himself as the oldest winner at the age of 50 years, 11 months and 7 days. of a Major.