PGA Championship 2023 - Oak Hill Country Club Hosts the 105th event

PGA Championship 2023 - Oak Hill Country Club Host the 105th event with Justin Thomas defending the title he won last year

Brroks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau at the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill
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PGA Championship 2023 - Oak Hill Country Club - Key Information
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Dates18 May - 21 May 2023
CourseOak Hill Country Club - East Course
Yardage7,394 yards
Defending ChampionJustin Thomas
Prize MoneyTBA
Former Winners at venueJack Nicklaus (1980), Shaun Micheel (2003), Jason Dufner (2013)

Day 1 Review

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Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York hosts the second Major of 2023, the PGA ChampionshipJustin Thomas won the event back in 2022, with a dramatic play-off victory over Will ZalatorisJon Rahm goes into the tournament as favourite. Tiger Woods may not be playing following his recent operation, but all the other world's best players are in action.

The first round was delayed by almost two hours because of frost, but it didn’t stop Bryson DeChambeau getting off to a hot start when play got underway. The LIV Golf player fired a classy 66 to finish the day at -4.

Oak Hill, as expected, was playing tough, and for a long time it looked as though no one would get close to the former US Open champion. But as the shadows lengthened late in the day, DeChambeau was joined at the top by Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott, the latter of whom stumbled on his final hole to fall back to -2.

Then, after a run of birdies on the front nine (his back nine), Eric Cole passed them all to reach -5. And when the siren went for bad light, the American was only too happy to mark his ball and get some rest.  

A number of big names struggled on Thursday, world number one and pre tournament favorite Jon Rahm (76) being one of those. Matt Fitzpatrick and Jason Day posted the same score, while Jordan Spieth could do no better than a 73.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, battled back after a slow start to card a respectable 71 to finish the day six shots back. However, the Ulsterman, who admitted after his round that he was feeling a little under the weather, will be hoping to drive the ball a lot better on Friday if he’s to challenge this week.

Day 2 Review

Scottie Scheffler was pegged back late in the day of the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill, with Corey Conners and Viktor Hovland joining the world number two at the top to make it a three-way tie at the halfway stage.

The American showed his class on Friday, tracking Conners for much of the day, before taking the outright lead with birdies on 14 and 15. However, a rare bogey at the last saw Scheffler drop back alongside the Canadian.

And then Hovland made it three at the top with a birdie on the 18th which saw the Norwegian close with a 67 to get to the -5 mark.

For many of the pre tournament favorites, Friday became a battle of just making the weekend, with Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Justin Thomas all locked in their own personal battles with Oak Hill.

To their credit, all three showed their fighting qualities – Rahm with a 68, and the American duo with crucial putts on the final hole to make the cut on the number.

Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy’s struggles with the driver continued, although the four-time Major winner displayed plenty of fight to get himself right back into contention with a spirited round of 69, and his birdie on the brutal 18th will surely put a spring in his step going into the final two rounds.

The Ulsterman, who went into the season’s second Major Championship slightly under the weather, clearly cut a frustrated figure at times, and he was heard giving himself a stern talking to. He was not the only one, with world number one Rahm losing his cool on more than one occasion, although his anger seemed to be with the course.

One player who was finding the game all rather easy was LIV Golf star Brooks Koepka. The four-time Major winner lit up the back nine, coming home in 31 for a 66 that leaves the American just three shots back and bang in contention for another Major title.

Day 3 Review

Brooks Koepka will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, after firing a four-under 66 that will give the LIV Golf star a shot at winning a fifth Major title.

There weren’t many players who looked more in control than the American, on a day when anything around par would have been acceptable given the heavy rain that lashed down on the East Course for much of the afternoon.

Corey Conners was coasting for most of the day and without a dropped shot until the 16th, where he thinned a fairway bunker shot into the lip and racked up a double bogey to surrender the lead.

However, at just two shots back, the Canadian still has a good opportunity to land his first Major title, as does Viktor Hovland who also sits on -5 and will surely fancy his chances after a positive Masters showing last month. 

With the relentless rain pouring down, this was not a day when anyone was going to leap out of the chasing pack, which meant that there was no charge from the likes of Jon Rahm.

Instead, it was largely those players who were there or thereabouts who carried on from where they left off on Friday, the one exception being Scottie Scheffler.

The world number two was slow out of the blocks and struggled to find any sort of spark on the front nine, making four bogeys to turn in 39. However, he managed to stop the bleeding and give himself a chance of adding to his 2022 Masters title. He sits just four shots back. 

And Rory McIlroy has done his chances of winning that long-waited fifth Major no harm at all, courtesy of a one-under-par 69. The Ulsterman “free wheeled it” on Saturday and was wayward off the tee once again, but be combined some stellar iron play with plenty of grit to grind out very respectable score.  

The Ulsterman will require a low one, especially given the man who is leading, but it's certainly not beyond his capabilities.

We'll be back on Sunday to bring you live updates from the first shot until the winner lifts that famous Wanamaker Trophy.

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Oak HIll Country Club Scorecard

Oak Hills Country Club PGA Championship Scorecard

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Future PGA Championship Venues

  • 2024 Valhalla Golf Club
  • 2025 Quail Hollow Club
  • 2026 Aronimink Golf Club
  • 2027 Fields Ranch East PGA Frisco
  • 2028 The Olympic Club
  • 2029 Baltusrul Golf Club
  • 2031 Congressional Country Club
  • 2034 Fields Ranch East PGA Frisco

PGA Championship TV Coverage (USA)

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Row 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2
DateChannelTimes (EST)
Thursday May 18thESPN+7am-1pm
Row 3 - Cell 0 ESPN1pm-7pm
Row 4 - Cell 0 CBSSN "On The Range"11am-1pm
Row 5 - Cell 0 CBSSN "Clubhouse Report"8pm-9pm
Row 6 - Cell 0 Row 6 - Cell 1 Row 6 - Cell 2
Friday May 19thESPN+7am-1pm
Row 8 - Cell 0 ESPN1pm-7pm
Row 9 - Cell 0 CBSSN "On The Range"11am-1pm
Row 10 - Cell 0 CBSSN "Clubhouse Report"8pm-9pm
Row 11 - Cell 0 Row 11 - Cell 1 Row 11 - Cell 2
Saturday May 20thESPN+8am-10am
Row 13 - Cell 0 ESPN10am-1pm
Row 14 - Cell 0 CBS1pm-7pm
Row 15 - Cell 0 CBSSN "Clubhouse Report"8pm-9pm
Row 16 - Cell 0 Row 16 - Cell 1 Row 16 - Cell 2
Sunday May 21stESPN+8am-10am
Row 18 - Cell 0 ESPN10am-1pm
Row 19 - Cell 0 CBS1pm-7pm
Row 20 - Cell 0 CBSSN "Clubhouse Report"8pm-9pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are LIV golfers playing in the PGA Championship?

LIV Golfers can qualify via the following criteria:

1. All former winners of the PGA Championship

2. Winners of the last five Masters (2019-23)

3. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (2018-22)

4. Winners of the last five Open Championships (2017-22). 

5. Winners of the last three THE PLAYERS Championships (2021-23)

6. The top three on the OWGR’s International Federation Ranking List as of April 24, 2023.

7. Winner of 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

8. The top 15 finishers and ties from the 2022 PGA Championship

9. The top 20 finishers from the 2023 PGA Professional Championship.

10. The top 70 players who are eligible and have earned the most PGA Championship points from the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson through the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship (ending May 7, 2023).

11. Playing members of the last named U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams (2021), provided they remain in the top 100 on the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 7, 2023.

12. Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved tournaments whose victories are considered official, from the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge through the 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson.

13. If necessary to complete the field, those players beyond the top 70 players who are eligible and who have earned the most PGA Championship points from the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson through the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship (ending May 7, 2023) in order of their position on such a list.

When and where is the 2023 PGA Championship?

The 2023 PGA Championship is being played at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY over the 18-21 May 2023.

Who is favored to win the 2023 PGA Championship?

According to the following players are favourties to win:

Jon Rahm 8/1
Scottie Scheffler 8/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Xander Schauffele 16/1

Has Rickie Fowler Qualified for the PGA Championship 2023?

What is the format for the PGA Championship?

The format of the PGA Championship is 72 hole strokeplay, there is a cut at 36 holes. If the is a tie after 72 holes then there will be a 3-hole aggregate play-off – if there is still a tie then there will be sudden death play-off holes until the winner can be decided.

What is a 3-hole aggregate play-off?

This is when two (or more) players play over three holes and the stroke play score is added up over the holes. The player with the lowest cumulative score over the three holes is crowned the winner. If the scores are still tied then the winner will be decided over a sudden-death playoff - one hole at a time until the players can be split.

What is the sudden-death playoff in golf?

If the scores are still tied then the winner will be decided over a sudden-death playoff - one hole at a time until the players can be split. If a player 1 shoots 4 and player 2 shoots 5 - player 1 will be the winner. If both players score the same then another hole will be played until they can be split.

Who won the 2022 PGA Championship?

Justin Thomas won the 2022 PGA Championship - he beat Will Zalatoris over a play-off.

Justin Thomas PGA Championship win 2023

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How many times has the PGA Championship been played at Oak Hill?

2023 will be the 4th time the PGA Championship has been played at Oak Hill Country Club. The three previous times were in 1980 - Jack Nicklaus won. 2003 - Shaun Micheel won. 2012 - Jason Dufner won.

Thomas Patrick Clarke
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Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 being promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014, before becoming Sports Digital Editor for the Sport Vertical within Future in 2022. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including Strategy and Content Planning for the website and social media - Tom also assists the Cycling, Football, Rugby and Marine titles at Future. Tom plays off 16 and lists Augusta National (name drop), Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.