KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - The golf season' s final Major is just days away. As most PGA players compete in Akron, Ohio at the Bridgestone Invitational, all eyes in the Lowcountry are looking ahead to next week's PGA Championship.
Thousands of fans will travel to the area to witness the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. There are 154 players who have qualified for the championship.
The field is stacked, with the top 108 players in the world participating. Thirty-three major champions are part of the field. Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and others all made an early trip out to The Ocean Course for a practice round.
Wind and length will be huge factors in determining the final major champion of 2012. The Ocean Course is 7,676 yards in length, making it the longest course to ever host the PGA Championship. With a howling wind coming in off the Atlantic Ocean, the players know that they'll have to add more even more yardage to that modest total.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang, Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, David Toms, Davis Love III, Mark Brooks, John Daly.
MASTERS CHAMPIONS (5 years): Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman.
U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS (5 years): Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover.
BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS (5 years): Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink.
2012 SENIOR PGA CHAMPION: Roger Chapman.
TOP 15 AND TIES FROM 2011 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Jason Dufner, Anders Hansen, Robert Karlsson, Scott Verplank, Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Kevin Na, D.A. Points, Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Gary Woodland.
TOP 20 FROM 2012 PGA NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Matt Dobyns, Danny Balin, Frank Bensel, Mark Brown, Brian Cairns, Jeff Coston, Michael Frye, Brian Gaffney, Marty Jertson, Darrell Kestner, Mitch Lowe, Kelly Mitchum, Alan Morin, Bill Muchison, Rod Perry, Corey Prugh, Paul Scaletta, Mike Small, Bob Sowards, Doug Wade.
TOP 70 IN PGA TOUR EARNINGS FROM 2011 BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL THROUGH 2012 CANADIAN OPEN: Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Bo Van Pelt, Jim Furyk, Kyle Stanley, John Senden, Ben Crane, Mark Wilson, Martin Laird, Johnson Wagner, John Huh, Ben Curtis, Robert Garrigus, Jonathan Byrd, Bryce Molder, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Chez Reavie, John Rollins, Aaron Baddeley, Charlie Wi, Geoff Ogilvy, Brian Davis, Spencer Levin, George McNeill, Charles Howell III, Bud Cauley, Michael Thompson, K.J. Choi, Charley Hoffman, Ryan Palmer, Ryan Moore, Ken Duke, Matt Every, Tommy Gainey, Cameron Tringale, Peter Hanson, Ted Potter Jr., Rory Sabbatini, Seung-yul Noh, Pat Perez, Brendon de Jonge.
RYDER CUP PLAYERS FROM 2010 IF STILL IN THE TOP 100 IN THE WORLD RANKING: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter.
PGA TOUR WINNERS SINCE THE 2011 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Scott Stallings.
SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PGA OF AMERICA: Thomas Aiken, Robert Allenby, Sang Moon Bae, Thomas Bjorn, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Greg Chalmers, Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson, Simon Dyson, Gonzolo Fernandez-Castano, Marcus Fraser, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen, Branden Grace, Michael Hoey, Ryo Ishikawa, Thongchai Jaidee, Brendan Jones, K.T. Kim, Pablo Larrazabal, Paul Lawrie, Spencer Levin, Joost Luiten, Matteo Manassero, Alex Noren, Jose Maria Olazabal, Thorbjorn Olesen, Alvaro Quiros, Robert Rock, Marcel Siem, Jeev Milkha Singh, Toru Taniguchi, Bernd Wiesberger.
TO COMPLETE THE FIELD, PLAYERS BEYOND THE TOP 70 IN PGA TOUR MONEY FROM 2011 BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL THROUGH 2012 CANADIAN OPEN: Sean O'Hair, Jeff Overton, Fredrik Jacobson, Blake Adams, Jimmy Walker.
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