PGA Championship Trending International

Simply by the nature of the event, the PGA Championship has produced far more American winners than any other nationality; after all the PGA is an American institution, and while an Englishman, Jim Barnes, actually won the first two tournaments back in the 1910s, the US also had a 31-year winning streak that stretched from 1931-1962, won every title in the 1980s, and generally has defended its home turf in the last Major of the year.

That fact first changed in the early 1990s, when a six-year stretch with four international winners emerged – Zimbabwe’s Nick Price and Australia’s Steve Elkington saw to that.  But it seemed like just an anomaly as the US won all but two PGA titles from 1996-2007.

The trend has reversed in recent years, however. Jason Day’s win on Sunday gave international players the PGA Championship for the sixth time in the last eight years. And it’s not just one man or one country doing the damage, either. The winners have been Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (twice) and Padraig Harrington, South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, and of course, Australia’s Day.

 

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