Top 5 PGA Tour Players Headlining the 2024 PGA Championship

Top 5 PGA Tour Players Headlining the 2024 PGA Championship

156 players have headed to Kentucky for the second major of the season. Barring 16 LIV golfers and 21 club professionals, the PGA Tour has the largest representation. And the bettor’s favorite also comes from the Jay Monahan-led circuit. The PGA Championship returns to Valhalla for the fourth time. The last time it was played in Kentucky in 2014, Rory McIlroy chased down Phil Mickelson to claim his second Wanamaker trophy. 

McIlroy once again looks threatening after a dominant performance last week. But the Scottie Scheffler threat still looms large. Before the second major of the season kicks off on Thursday, here are the top five PGA Tour pros who might have the broadest smile on Sunday.

Four victories in the last five appearances. No. 1 in SG: Total, SG: Off the Tee, SG: Tee to Green; SG: Approach to green and scoring average. The 10-time PGA Tour winner is on a different stratosphere this season, and whatever short-game travails he had earlier have been erased with a mallet putter. 

Scheffler will hit the greens after almost a month’s absence. Unless that impacts his game, there is no weakness in his game that can stop him from increasing his major tally to three. Scheffler seems confident that the hiatus hasn’t put a spanner on his major plans.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has an obvious advantage. The Ulsterman is top-notch off the tee. McIlroy ranks 4th in strokes gained off the tee, 6th in tee-to-green, and 2nd in driving distance (avg. 316.8 yards). All that will work in favor of the 26-time PGA Tour winner, who has been on an agonizing major drought since 2014. That last major victory came at Valhalla, the last time the PGA Championship was hosted here

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