8 Biggest Names Missing The 2023 PGA Championship

A number of huge names are missing with injury or haven't managed to qualify for the second men's Major of the year

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The second men's Major of the year is upon us and we know the full field for the PGA Championship, which is theoretically the strongest field in the game with almost all of the world's top 100 players set to tee it up.

As well as the PGA Tour's best, there are 18 LIV players in the field as the likes of Masters runners-up, and double PGA Champions, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson return to Major golf as well as plenty more of the Saudi-backed league's stars like Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

The field for Oak Hill is stacked, but as always with Majors, there are some big names missing out. Below we take a look at some of the most well known and highest ranked players who will be watching on from the sidelines...

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods during the second round of the 2023 Masters

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The biggest name in the sport isn't listed in the field after undergoing a subtalar fusion surgery in his ankle following last month's Masters. Woods withdrew prior to the final day's play after reaggravating his plantar fasciitis and he's opted to go for a fusion surgery - which should remove all pain but slightly hinder the movement of his foot.

Woods has won the PGA Championship four times - in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. It remains to be seen when he'll tee it up next.

Will Zalatoris

Will Zalatoris tees off during the third round of the The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club

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The American, runner-up to Justin Thomas last year at Southern Hills where he lost in a playoff, is out injured for the entire season. Zalatoris said he will be back in the fall after undergoing a back surgery last month while ranked 8th in the world at the time.

It means he'll miss all three of the remaining Majors as well as the chance to make his Ryder Cup debut in Rome later in the year.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia takes a shot at the 2023 LIV Golf Singapore tournament

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For the first time since the 1999 US Open, Sergio Garcia has failed to qualify for a Major. The LIV Golfer has dropped out of the world's top 100 after joining the Saudi-backed league, meaning he no longer makes the entry requirements.

His best finish in the PGA Championship came in his memorable debut in 1999, where the 19-year-old famously hit a shot from a tree root at Medinah and finished one stroke shy of Tiger Woods.

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen at the 2023 Masters

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The South African misses his first Major in five years - since the 2018 PGA Championship - after seeing his world ranking tumble to 163rd since joining LIV Golf last year.

Oosthuizen, captain of Stinger GC, was T2nd at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island as well as in 2017 at Quail Hollow.

Daniel Berger

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The former World No.12 is somewhat of the forgotten man in golf and misses his third consecutive Major, having still hasn't played since last June's US Open. He is out with injury in his lower back and recently told the Golf Channel that he still doesn't know when his next start will be.

The four-time PGA Tour winner will be missing his first PGA Championship since 2015.

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood

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The Englishman is another 2021 Ryder Cupper - along with Garcia, Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger - to have joined LIV and not made the entry requirements of being in the world's top 100. Paul Casey is another, but he has received a special invite after missing last year's championship with injury. 

Westwood has played in 23 PGA Championships, with his best finish a T3rd in 2009.

Ian Poulter

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Westwood's fellow Majesticks GC co-captain is also not going to be at the PGA Championship after seeing his world ranking slide to 197th. The Ryder Cup legend and former World No.5 also missed last month's Masters.

Poulter, who was T3rd at Kiawah Island in the 2012 PGA Championship, has played in the event 20 times and will miss it for just the third year since 2001.

Bernd Wiesberger

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The Austrian, who made his Ryder Cup debut in 2021, is the fourth member of Team Europe's side at Whistling Straits to have not qualified for Oak Hill.

Wiesberger, who plays for the Cleeks in the LIV Golf League, famously played with Rory McIlroy in the final group of the 2014 PGA Championship. He's played in the Major nine times.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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