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2022 PGA Championship: who could be the winner on Sunday? Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson

The 2022 PGA Championship is about to tee off, and big-name golfers are in Southern Hills to compete in the second major tournament of the year.

Gidget Alikpala
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The 2022 PGA Championship is about to tee off, and big-name golfers are in Southern Hills to compete in the second major tournament of the year.
Christian PetersenAFP

This weekend will be a treat for golf fans, as the 104th PGA Championship will take place at Southern Hills Country Club, featuring many stars of the sport. This contest is particularly prestigious, being the only one of the four majors that is exclusively held for professionals.

The winner of the tournament is invited to play in the other major competitions, guaranteeing security in a golfer’s career. With so many talents in Tulsa, who are the players who are favored to win?

No title defense for Phil Mickelson

Last year’s champion, Phil Mickelson, will not be defending his title. He withdrew from the competition following some controversial remarks he made that forced him into a hiatus from the sport.

Tiger Woods is joining a major competition for the second time after his near-fatal crash early next year. The fact that he is even able to play is a miracle in itself, so expectations will not be too high on his chances to win the trophy that he has already raised four times in the past.

Who could win the 2022 PGA Championship?

Golf experts have named several stars as favorites to win. Former number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is one of them, with his skill and insight around the greens giving him an advantage. His thirst for a major championship might push his game to the next level.

Some oddsmakers give Jon Rahm the nod, as he is coming off a Mexico Open victory. The course however may give him problems, as it will test his short game, which has fallen off recently.

Jordan Spieth is on the list of probable champions, although there is concern about his putting game, which hasn’t been at its best in recent months. Having his usual confidence might help him bring his A-game as it has in the past.

Dustin Johnson has not made a lot of noise in U.S. tournaments for some time, his last major win being the Masters in November 2020. He also failed to make the cut in two of the majors last year.

The 2022 PGA Championships will begin on Thursday, May 19, at 8:00 a.m. and will run until Sunday afternoon.

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