How did LIV golfers perform at the 2023 PGA Championship?

How did LIV golfers perform at the 2023 PGA Championship?
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Newly crowned 2023 PGA Champion Brooks Koepka became the first LIV member to win a major after his final-round performance (3-under 67) vaulted him to nine-under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler. 

After LIV players performed well at the Masters (three in the top five), we’ll dive into how they performed at this week’s PGA Championship.

How did LIV players do at the PGA Championship?

In total, 16 LIV golfers participated in the event. Paul Casey was one of the 17 who qualified but withdrew due to injury before play began. 

LIV Golfer Results at PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka1-9
Bryson DeChambeauT4-3
Cameron SmithT9-1
Patrick ReedT18+2
Mito PereiraT18+2
Harold Varner IIIT29+5
Thomas PietersT40+6
Dean Burmester54+8
Dustin JohnsonT55+9
Phil MickelsonT58+10
Sihwan KimT62+11
Brendan SteeleCut+6
Anirban LahiriCut+7
Joaquin NiemannCut+8
Talor GoochCut+10
Abraham AncerCut+11

Number of finishers by position:

  • Inside top 5: 2
  • Inside top 10: 3
  • Inside top 20: 5 
  • Made cut: 11/16

Top Performers

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith headline the top performances.

Brooks Koepka (First Place)

After shooting a 2-over par (72) first round on Thursday and trailing leader Bryson DeChambeau by six shots, Koepka recorded rounds of 66, 66, and 67 to overtake the remaining 155 players in the field.

The 33-year-old now has three wins since October 2022 which include the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah and LIV Golf Invitational Orlando (March 31-April 2).

Koepka lifted his third Wanamaker Trophy in six years (back-to-back in 2018 and 2019) and sits behind only Jack Nicklaus (5), Walter Hagen (5) and Tiger Woods (4) for the most PGA Championship wins.

He became the 20th player in history to win five majors, adding his name to an elite list consisting of Seve Ballesteros, Byron Nelson, James Braid, John Henry Taylor, and Peter Thomson. Only 14 players in history have won six or more major titles.

The West Palm Beach, Florida native led the field in strokes gained total (4.668) and in birdies (18, tied with Adrian Meronk).

Koepka made history by becoming the first golfer to win three majors in the state of New York. At the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York, he won his most recent championship.

Bryson DeChambeau (T4)

It’s been a difficult couple of years for “the scientist”. DeChambeau hasn’t won an event on any tour since his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (PGA) in early March 2021.

The former SMU product went seven LIV tournaments in a row without a top 10 before recording a T5 last week in Tulsa. 

It appears he’s found something after an impressive tie for fourth this week at Oak Hill. DeChambeau was the solo leader after the first round (4-under 66) and went on to post rounds of 71, 70 and 70, six strokes behind Koepka.

DeChambeau finished second in the field of 156 players in greens in regulation (73.61%) and finished first in driving distance (330.6).

Many eyes will be on the 29-year-old at next month’s U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club as he attempts to win his second U.S. Open in four years (2020 champion).

Cameron Smith (T9)

The reigning “British” Open champion recorded his second top-10 finish in a row at the PGA Championship after concluding the event T4 in 2022.

Smith put together rounds of 72, 72 and 70 before posting the low round of the day (5-under, 65) on Sunday to vault his name up the leaderboard (T9, 1-under). 

The mulleted Australian entered the tournament in good form after finishing T2 at LIV Tulsa (lost in a playoff to Dustin Johnson) and has recorded four wins since the beginning of last year.

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