PITTSFORD, N.Y. (BVM) – The 105th PGA Championship is set to begin at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York later this week as 156 players will vie for their chance at winning the year’s second major.
The 2023 PGA Championship will be the fourth held at Oak Hill, with Jason Dufner winning the last time the event was played at the course in 2013. Shaun Micheel took home a win during Oak Hill’s second time hosting the PGA Championship in 2003, and the legendary Jack Nicklaus earned one of his record 18 major victories at the course in 1980.
While there are many fond memories of past PGA Championships at Oak Hill, there is plenty of buzz going into this year’s tournament as well. Some of the biggest names in golf will be vying to win the Wanamaker Trophy once again, as Justin Thomas looks to defend last year’s title at Southern Hills, Phil Mickelson returns after his stunning win at Kiawah in 2021, Brooks Koepka seeks his third win in the last six years and Rory McIlroy hopes to end his major drought with a third PGA Championship victory.
While each of those guys would become repeat winners, the PGA Championship is notorious for seeing first-time major winners. Both Micheel and Dufner claimed their first major championship victories at Oak Hill in 2003 and 2013, respectively, while the likes of Y.E. Yang, Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jimmy Walker, Thomas and Collin Morikawa have all become first-time major winners at the PGA Championship over the past 15 years.
This year, there are plenty of guys poised to follow suit. Here are 10 players in this week’s field that have the best chance to win their first major at the 2023 PGA Championship.