Major tournaments tend to separate the wheat from the chaff, so we’ve taken a look at the most proven current performers at the PGA Championship, the first of this year’s big four events which gets underway at TPC Harding Park on Thursday, to see who’s got a history of coming up with the goods…

1 – Tiger Woods

Just one title short of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods can equal The Golden Bear’s record tally of five PGA Championship wins in California this week.

With four wins as well as the tournament’s lowest career average at 70.5 from 66 rounds, Tiger is the tournament’s most prolific winner and consistently competitive scorer of any golfer on Tour. He’s also knocked on the door with three second place finishes, including seven Top 3 finishes and nine Top 10 finishes.

If Tiger’s in the groove on Thursday, then history says you can expect him to be there or thereabouts come the weekend.

2 – Brooks Koepka

With far fewer appearances under his belt than Woods it would be unfair to make a direct comparison, but Brooks Koepka’s recent form in the PGA Championship singles him out as one of the tournament’s top three competitors.

From just seven appearances Koepka has two wins, a fourth and a fifth to his name, while he’s also made all seven cuts. Add to that the fact he’s managed to shoot the best 72-hole total the tournament has ever seen in that time and it’s clear as to why Koepka makes his way into the current top-three performers.

Statistically, he’s fired himself amongst golfing’s greats at the PGA Championship in a relatively short space of time and you can only imagine there’s more to come from the Floridian.

T3 – Rory McIlroy & Jason Day

It’s a case of T3 when trying to find a golfer to fill the third spot for the PGA Championship’s top-three most prolific current performers.

Rory McIlroy has very strong claims for a place in this company with two title on the mantelpiece, while his victory in 2012, winning by eight shots, was a new record, beating Nicklaus’ seven-shot romp in 1980.

Anyone who topples The Golden Bear off a leaderboard has to be respected and if McIlroy produces his ‘A’ game then he’s proven he’s able to deliver.

Alongside McIlroy as one of the top performers at the PGA Championship is Australian Jason Day.

Though just a one-time winner of this prize, he was just one stroke off a second title a year later and has played some of his best golf at this tournament over the years.

His total of 20 under set in 2015 at Whistling Straits remains the lowest ever score in relation to par shot at a PGA Championship, and an on-song Day can prove hard to stop.

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