US PGA: 18 facts and figures ahead of the final major of the golf season

Last Updated August 02 2018, 08:20Golf
Bellerive Country Club
Bellerive Country Club

Ahead of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, Press Association Sport tees up the tournament with a "round" of 18 facts and figures.

1 - World number one Dustin Johnson will seek a first US PGA Championship and second major title at Bellerive.

2 - Rory McIlroy has won the US PGA twice, with his victory at Valhalla in 2014 the last of his four major wins to date.

3 - The number of holes over which a play-off will be contested, if required.

4 - Walter Hagen won the championship four years in succession from 1924, when it was a match play event.

5 - Hagen and Jack Nicklaus share the overall record for US PGA Championship wins. Nicklaus was also runner-up on four occasions.

6 - Jordan Spieth has the chance to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam, following Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

7 - The late Arnold Palmer won seven major titles but never the US PGA, thereby missing out on a career grand slam.

8 - McIlroy won by a record eight shots in 2012.

9 - The most shots under par for a round in the championship. Three men have shot 63 on a par-72 course - Player at Shoal Creek in 1984, Jose Maria Olazabal at Valhalla in 2000 and Hiroshi Iwata at Whistling Straits in 2015.

Bellerive Country Club
Bellerive Country Club stages this year's final major

10 - The 508-yard 10th is one of two holes at Bellerive which plays as a par five for the members, but a par four for the championship.

11 - At 355 yards, the 11th at Bellerive is the shortest par four on the course and could see players trying to drive the green.

12 - American players have won the US PGA Championship 12 times in the last 20 years.

13 - McIlroy won his first US PGA title, and second major, when finishing 13 under par at Kiawah Island in 2012.

14 - The 14th at Bellerive is the start of a three-hole stretch known as "The Ridge". The three holes are on the highest part of the course and play into the prevailing wind.

15 - Tiger Woods is seeking a 15th major title, more than 10 years since his last.

16 - At 237 yards, the 16th at Bellerive is the longest par three on the course.

17 - Two-time winner Ray Floyd recorded a total of 17 top-20 finishes in the US PGA.

18 - Days between the end of the previous major, the Open at Carnoustie, and the start of next week's tournament.

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