Brooks Koepka seeks 3rd consecutive Wanamaker Trophy, a feat that has not been accomplished in nearly a century
American Brooks Koepka will attempt to win a third consecutive PGA Championship when the season’s first major event begins Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
No player has won the Wanamaker Trophy in three consecutive years since Walter Hagen won four PGAs in a row, in 1924-27. In his most recent start, Koepka tied for second, behind countryman Justin Thomas, another former PGA champion, in Sunday's WGC FedEx St. jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.
Ninety-two of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking were entered in the PGA. Among the top 100 from the OWGR entering the previous week, only No. 33 Francesco Molinari, No. 36 Lee Westwood, No. 50 Shugo Imahira, No. 74 Charles Howell III, No. 76 Thomas Pieters, No. 79 Branden Grace, No. 86 Paul Waring and No. 89 Eddie Pepperell were not headed to San Francisco. Grace withdrew over the weekend when he tested positive for COVID-19 while competing at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship.
Italy’s Molinari and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, both former major champions, withdrew from the tournament on Friday, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Neither has competed since COVID-19 shut down competition March 12 for what became a nearly three-month hiatus on the PGA Tour. They were replaced in the field by Americans Troy Merritt and Talor Gooch.
Twenty PGA of America club professionals earned spots after their national championship was canceled earlier this year and the PGA turned to the 2019 player rankings to determine the 20 invites.
The 156-man field, according to the PGA of America’s field list (“cp” indicates club professional):
An, Byeong Hun – South Korea
Ancer, Abraham – Mexico
Auterson, Mike – Milford, Ohio (cp)
Balin, Danny – White Plains, N.Y. (cp)
Beach, Alex – Stillwater, Minn. (cp)
Beem, Rich – Austin, Texas
Berberian, Jr., Rich – Hooksett, N.H. (cp)
Berger, Daniel – Jupiter, Fla.
Bertsch, Justin – Naples, Fla. (cp)
Bezuidenhout, Christiaan – South Africa
Bradley, Keegan – Woodstock, Vt.
Cabrera Bello, Rafa - Spain
Campillo, Jorge - Spain
Cantlay, Patrick – Jupiter, Fla.
Caron, Jason – Greenlawn, N.Y. (cp)
Casey, Paul – England
Cauley, Bud – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Champ, Cameron – Sacramento, Calif.
Clark, Wyndham – Denver
Conners, Corey – Canada
Cook, Benny – Caledonia, Mich. (cp)
Dahmen, Joel – Clarkston, Wash.
Day, Jason – Australia
DeChambeau, Bryson – Clovis, Calif.
Dufner, Jason – Auburn, Ala.
Duncan, Tyler – Columbus, Ind.
English, Harris – Sea Island, Ga.
Finau, Tony – Salt Lake City
Fitzpatrick, Matt – England
Fleetwood, Tommy – England
Fowler, Rickie – Murrieta, Calif.
Frittelli, Dylan – South Africa
Furyk, Jim – Jacksonville, Fla.
Garcia, Sergio – Spain
Gibb, Judd – Fort Dodge, Iowa (cp)
Glover, Lucas – Jupiter, Fla.
Gooch, Talor – Edmond, Okla.
Griffin, Lanto – Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Hadwin, Adam – Canada
Harman, Brian – Sea Island, Ga.
Hart, Jeff - Solana Beach, Calif. (cp)
Hatton, Tyrrell – England
Hebert, Benjamin – France
Henley, Russell – Columbia, Ga.
Herbert, Lucas – Australia
Herman, Jim – Palm City, Fla.
Hoge, Tom – Fargo, N.D.
Homa, Max – Valencia, Calif.
Horschel, Billy – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Hovland, Viktor – Norway
Hubbard, Mark – Denver
Hughes, Mackenzie – Canada
Im, Sungjae – South Korea
Ishikawa, Ryo – Japan
Janewattananond, Jazz – Thailand
Jertson, Marty – Phoenix (cp)
Johnson, Dustin – Jupiter, Fla.
Johnson, Zach – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Johnson, Zach. J. – Farmington, Utah (cp)
Jones, Matt – Australia
Kang, Sung – South Korea
Kaymer, Martin – Germany
Kim, Chan – Gilbert, Ariz.
Kim, Joohyung – South Korea
Kim, Si Woo – South Korea
Kinhult, Marcus – Sweden
Kisner, Kevin – Aiken. S.C.
Kitayama, Kurt – Chico, Calif.
Knoll, Alex – Jim Thorpe, Pa. (cp)
Koepka, Brooks – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kokrak, Jason – Hudson, Ohio
Kuchar, Matt – Sea Island, Ga.
Labritz, Rob – Pound Ridge, N.Y. (cp)
Landry, Andrew – Dripping Springs, Texas
Lashley, Nate – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lee, Danny – New Zealand
Leishman, Marc – Australia
Lewis, Tom – England
Li, Haotong – China
List, Luke – Augusta, Ga.
Long, Adam – St. Louis
Lorenzo-Vera, Mike – France
Love III, Davis – St. Simons Island, Ga.
Lowry, Shane – Ireland
Luiten, Joost – The Netherlands
MacIntyre, Robert – Scotland
Matsuyama, Hideki – Japan
McDowell, Graeme – Northern Ireland
McIlroy, Rory – Northern Ireland
Merritt, Troy – Meridian, Idaho
Micheel, Shaun – Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Mitchell, Keith – St. Simons Island, Ga.
Moore, Ryan - Las Vegas
Morikawa, Collin – La Canada, Calif.
Muñoz, Sebastián – Colombia
Muttitt, David – Albuquerque, N.M (cp)
Na, Kevin – Las Vegas
Niemann, Joaquin – Chile
Norris, Shaun – South Africa
O’Leary, John – Sterling, Va. (cp)
Oosthuizen, Louis – South Africa
Ortiz, Carlos – Mexico
Palmer, Ryan – Colleyville, Texas
Pan, C.T. – Taiwan
Perez, Victor – France
Perry, Rod – Port Orange, Fla. (cp)
Piercy, Scott – Las Vegas
Poston, J.T. – Sea Island, Ga.
Poulter, Ian – England
Putnam, Andrew – Phoenix
Rahm, Jon – Spain
Reavie, Chez – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Redman, Doc – Raleigh, N.C.
Reed, Patrick – The Woodlands, Texas
Rose, Justin – England
Roth, J.R. – Boyne Highlands, Mich. (cp)
Sabbatini, Rory – South Africa
Schauffele, Xander – San Diego
Scheffler, Scottie – Dallas
Schwab, Matthias – Austria
Schwartzel, Charl – South Africa
Scott, Adam – Australia
Simpson, Webb – Charlotte, N.C.
Smith, Cameron – Australia
Snedeker, Brandt – Nashville, Tenn.
Sowards, Bob – Dublin, Ohio (cp)
Spieth, Jordan – Dallas
Steele, Brendan – Idyllwild, Calif.
Stenson, Henrik – Sweden
Straka, Sepp – Austria
Streelman, Kevin – Wheaton, Ill
Stricker, Steve – Madison, Wis.
Stuard, Brian – Jackson, Miss.
Tanigawa, Ken – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Taylor, Nick – Canada
Taylor, Vaughn – Augusta, Ga.
Thomas, Justin – Louisville, Ky.
Thompson, Michael – Sea Island, Ga.
Todd, Brendon – Athens, Ga.
Tringale, Cameron – Mission Viejo, Calif.
van Rooyen, Erik – South Africa
Varner III, Harold – Gastonia, N.C.
Vermeer, Ryan – Omaha, Neb. (cp)
Walker, Jimmy – Boerne, Texas
Wallace, Matt – England
Warren, Shawn – Portland, Maine (cp)
Watson, Bubba – Bagdad, Fla.
Werenski, Richy - West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wiesberger, Bernd – Austria
Willett, Danny – England
Wolff, Matthew – Agoura Hills, Calif.
Woodland, Gary – Topeka, Kan.
Woods, Tiger – Jupiter, Fla.
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