Find out who the winners and losers were at the season’s first major, the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco
Each week on the PGA Tour, there are winners and losers in each tournament. This week, and continuing throughout the season, we will look at those who achieved and those who underachieved at each event. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the PGA Championship
Collin Morikawa – The 23-year-old showed what he has shown all year long, lots of guts. When he needed a big shot, like his tee shot at the 16th hole on Sunday, he made it. In the end, the former Cal Bear was the best player all week and he earned his first major title in the process.
Matthew Wolff – Playing in his first major, Wolff made a big charge on Sunday, coming up just short in the end. If not for Morikawa, many would have been talking about the 21-year-old Wolff as the young player who made the most noise in the PGA Championship.
Scottie Scheffler – Sticking with the theme of young players who had stellar PGA Championships, Scheffler, playing in his first PGA, notched a top 10. The 24-year-old Scheffler has had a big year on tour and this will not be the last time he finds himself in contention at a major.
Jason Day – The Australian stayed hot, notching his fourth top 10 finish in a row. Day found himself in the hunt in a major on the back nine on Sunday. That’s quite a turnaround for a player who has battled back injuries for quite some time.
Paul Casey – The Englishman came up just short of winning his first major but he played solid golf all week. He closed with a 66 on Sunday which might have been good enough if not for Morikawa. Still, it was a career-best second place finish in a major championship for Casey.
Rickie Fowler – Still looking for his first major title, Fowler missed the cut at this week’s event by one shot. That one shot was a whiffed putt on Friday, a careless mistake that ended up being huge in the grand scheme of the week.
Sergio Garcia – The Spaniard was bad from the beginning of his week, shooting a 4-over par 39 on his first nine on Thursday. It just went downhill from there. Garcia shot 73-73 and missed the cut by a whopping five shots.
Martin Kaymer – The two-time major champion shot a sparkling 66 on Thursday, only to follow it with an awful 82 on Friday. And, that’s an 82 with a birdie. In the process, Kaymer went from contending for the lead to missing the cut.
Zach Johnson – Another two-time major winner who started great and finished terribly. Johnson’s fall was not nearly as bad as Kaymer’s, but he went from 66 on Thursday to 76 on Friday, missing the cut in the process.
Patrick Cantlay – The talented Cantlay was seen as someone who could potentially compete for the title this week. Instead, he opened with a 73 on Thursday and barely made the cut. He did get things going for a while on Saturday, but Sunday was not his day, as he would finish even par for the championship.