The 2022 edition of the PGA Championship at the starting blocks The second Major of the season kicks off today. On the course of the Southern Hills Golf Club in Oklahoma, the strongest players in the world meet on the tee of 1 (par 4 of 472 yards from the tips), in addition to the Past Champions.
Net of some defections.
Pga Championship, defections
The most important (and discussed) is that of Defending Champion, Phil Mickelson. Another lack of relief is linked to the retirement announced by Paul Casey, still tormented by back problems.
The 44-year-old Brit's last appearance was at The Players Championship, where he finished on the lowest step of the podium. The South Korean Sungjae Im also had to forfeit, but here the reasons are related to the Covid 19 protocols of the PGA Tour, given that he tested positive.
The two defections opened the doors of the PGA Championship to Russell Knox and Scott Stallings. Another last-minute retreat is that of Bryson DeChambeau. The Californian player has not yet fully recovered form after the intervention on his hand.
He has declared that he will only return when he is 100%, setting the Memorial Tournament as a realistic goal. Instead, there is a confirmation that few expected. John Daly, 1991 Past Champion, winner at Crooked Stick Golf Club, confirmed his presence.
And he did it his way. After being disqualified at Regions Tradition, one of the Champions Tour Majors. As the Americans would say, John Daly being John Daly… Good fun. P.S. Tiger is there! Tee time at 9.11 local time from hole 10 with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth P.P.S.
There is also Chicco Molinari! Tee time at 9.55, always from 10, with Lee Westwood and Gary Woodland. John Patrick Daly (Carmichael, April 28, 1966) is an American golfer. He is best known for his victory at the 1991 PGA Championship when he was practically a stranger and for the power of his shots, which reach such a distance that it earned him the nickname of Long John.
He also won another Major tournament, the British Open in 1995, defeating the Italian Costantino Rocca in the playoff. Overall in his career he has won 19 tournaments.