Ranking the field: PGA Championship

A look at how the top 10 players taking on Bethpage Black stack up.

Eric Patterson / May 15, 2019

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Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood has finished inside the top five in the last two U.S. Opens and Bethpage Black is more of a U.S. Open venue than a PGA Championship. His length and accuracy off the tee will put him in the mix. 

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Rickie Fowler

Fowler is still searching for his first major win. He’s one of the best all-around players in the world and if every facet of his game is clicking, Bethpage Black could be the spot he breaks through. 

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Jason Day

Day is known for his short game and putting, but he’s also a world-class driver of the golf ball. He finished fourth at Bethpage Black at the 2016 Barclays and should contend for his second Wanamaker Trophy.

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Justin Rose

Rose followed up a horrendous Masters with a third-place showing at Quail Hollow. With no glaring weaknesses in his game, he’s a serious contender no one is paying attention to this week. 

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Tiger Woods

Woods returns for his first event since winning the Masters. He won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and if his driver is working this week, back-to-back major victories is not out of the question. 

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Xander Schauffele

Schauffele continues to knock on the door of a major championship title. He needs to hit greens in order to have a chance, as his short game isn’t great, but his length and iron play is beyond good enough to handle Bethpage Black.

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Jon Rahm

Rahm is one of few players who can overpower the beastly Bethpage Black. The Spaniard's temperament will always be a concern, but his collapse at The Players should be beneficial when he finds himself in contention on Sunday.

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Rory McIlroy

It’s clear Rory has all the tools to collect his fifth career major this week. He’s playing exceptionally well but will need to overcome his Sunday demons to win.

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Brooks Koepka

Koepka claims major championships are the easiest to win. His mindset for the big events puts him at the top of the leaderboard nearly every time. That trend will continue at Bethpage Black, a course that suits his elite off-the-tee game.

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Dustin Johnson

Johnson is due to pick up another major victory. He’s competed at Bethpage Black twice with his best result a T-3 at the 2012 Barclays. His game appears to be in perfect shape to hoist the Wanamaker on Sunday. 

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