The PGA Championship stands out among the four men’s Majors as the only one exclusively for professionals.
By bringing together the strongest field, it ensures the highest level of competition. Renowned for its innovation and fan-friendly atmosphere, the tournament inspires players to constantly push back the limits of what they can achieve while placing maturity and experience at a premium.
First held in 1916, the tournament this year will be staged for a fourth time at Oak Hill Country Club, which previously hosted it in 1980 – when Rolex Testimonee and 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus claimed his record fifth PGA Championship title – 2003 and 2013.
For more than 50 years, Rolex has been at the heart of golf, forging close ties with elite and developing players, the main professional tours and governing bodies, as well as the finest events on the calendar. This deep-rooted support encompasses all the men’s Majors that constitute the pinnacle of achievement, including the PGA Championship, at which the brand has been Official Timekeeper and Official Partner since 2021 and where Rolex Testimonees have enjoyed regular success.
Justin Thomas returns as defending champion aiming for a third crown, which would also be his third Major title. With his maiden victory in 2017, the American became only the fourth golfer at that time to win a Major before his 25th birthday. He then claimed an unforgettable victory in 2022, triumphing in a three-hole aggregate playoff. In doing so, Thomas became just the sixth golfer in history to come back after trailing by seven strokes or more in a final round to capture a Major title.
Reflecting on his two victories, Justin Thomas said: “I felt like I learned a lot about myself in both PGA Championships because they were very different and I had to go about them very differently with very different approaches but they both ended with the same result, which I was hugely pleased with.”