Golf

Bob Gillespie

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

PGA 2012: Field filled with world’s best as final-month countdown begins

Posted 7/15/2012 2:00:00 PM

With less than a month before the focus of the golfing world settles on Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course and the 2012 PGA Championship, the field for golf’s final major of the year is more than two-thirds full, and includes 98 of the top 100 members of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Set for Aug. 9-12 at the Pete Dye-designed course, which debuted by hosting the 1991 Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship traditionally features the strongest and deepest international field of the four majors, and 2012 will be no exception.

Defending champion Keegan Bradley, the third player in nearly a century to win a major in his first attempt when he captured last year’s title in Atlanta, heads the field of the first “Big Four” men’s golf event staged in South Carolina. The 94th PGA Championship’s roster includes the winners of this year’s first two majors – Masters champion Bubba Watson and U.S. Open titlist Webb Simpson – with the British Open title to be decided later in July.

Also committed are perennial fan favorites Tiger Woods, looking for his first major title since 2008, and four-time major winner Phil Mickelson. In this Ryder Cup year, both captains of the U.S. and European teams (Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal) will also be in the field.

In all, 33 past major champions, plus 55 international players representing 16 countries, will compete in PGA 2012. The final field of 156 will be set July 30.

Other past major champions include Paul Azinger; Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, South Carolina native son Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open), Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Shaun Micheel, Geoff Ogilvy, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Vijay Singh, David Toms and Y.E. Yang.

“We are less than 30 days from the start of the first major championship coming to South Carolina, and we are excited to be welcoming the world's greatest players competing on what has been called ‘America’s Toughest Course’ for the Wanamaker Trophy,” said Roger Warren, PGA Championship general chairman and Kiawah Island Resort president. “We anticipate one of the greatest PGA Championships and a special experience for golf fans visiting from around the world.”

Limited tickets for the 94th PGA Championship remain for both practice and competition days. For more information, visit www.PGA2012.com and follow the tournament on facebook.