The 105th playing of the PGA Championship is just hours away now. Here is who our experts are picking to triumph at Oak Hill Country Club this week.
The spectacular and iconic Oak Hill Country Club is set to host its fourth PGA Championship in a matter of mere hours now. The 105th edition of the PGA Championship will be the sixth major championship that Oak Hill has hosted.
After emerging victorious at Southern Hills last year, Justin Thomas returns to action with his sight firmly set on successfully defending the famed Wanamaker Trophy this week in New York. The rest of this week’s elite field will be tasked with denying Thomas a third PGA Championship triumph.
World number one, Jon Rahm, leads the challengers with the Spaniard looking to secure a second consecutive major championship following his phenomenal win at the Masters last month. The 2021 U.S. Open Champion would be one shy of the career Grand Slam already with a victory this week at Oak Hill.
Speaking of career Grand Slams, Jordan Spieth will be aiming to complete his own with a win at this year’s PGA Championship. Will Spieth be healthy enough this week to challenge despite dealing with a lingering wrist injury?
Or will this be the week for Rory McIlroy to finally end a lengthy major drought of his own and claim a third PGA title and astonishing fifth major championship? Scottie Scheffler and others will surely have something to say about that themselves.
It is all perfectly set up for another enthralling major championship, so without further ado, here is who our experts are selecting to claim the second major of 2023.
Expert Picks and Predictions for the 105th PGA Championship
Several of our experts believe that a new face will be hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening, and that one of these talented young stars will claim their first-ever major championship this week at Oak Hill.
Ryan Redding: “It’s hard to imagine the #4 ranked golfer in the world flying under the radar, but that’s exactly what Patrick Cantlay is doing with most of the attention on the big 3. His deliberate style and pace set up perfectly for a tough track like Oak Hill, and with a decent putting week, Cantlay could outlast everyone to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.”
Bill Felber: “With all the natural focus on Rahm and Scheffler, I can’t help thinking that this is the week for a really good player to land a first Major. And the name that’s stuck in my brain for no reason I can enunciate, is Max Homa. I’m taking a flier on him.”
Hans Geevers: “Xander Schauffele arrives at this week’s 2023 PGA Championship on the heels of three consecutive top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour, including a second-place result at the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago. Xander Schauffele finished 13th at the 2022 PGA Championship.”
Josh Chandler: “This selection is sure to raise some eyebrows, I don’t care, the simple matter of fact is that Tommy Fleetwood is talented enough to win a major championship. In fact, he may have already had one under his belt if not for an exceptional performance by Shane Lowry in 2019.
The 32-year-old has finishes of 5th, 15th, and 3rd in three of his last five starts, not to mention contending at the Players Championship through three rounds in March. Sooner or later Tommy will break through and I like his chances this week, besides, how many would have picked Jason Dufner here in 2013?.”
Sam Morgan: “He’s the current US Open winner, he’s already won on the PGA Tour this year, and he had a top 5 at the PGA Championship last year. He’s certainly not the favorite, but he has the game to dominate Oak Hill this weekend.”
Derek Helm: “Although Brooks Koepka was probably disappointed in his finish at the Masters he certainly gained confidence knowing he can still contend in Majors. Koepka will win his 3rd PGA Championship this weekend.”
Mike Randleman: “He’s been the clear-cut best player in 2023 and will play well at a venue like Oak Hill where power is rewarded.”