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The second men’s major championship of the season is just around the corner – and it’s shaping up to be another thriller.

The 103rd US PGA Championship takes place at Kiawah Island in South Carolina from May 20-23, with Collin Morikawa out to defend the title he won at TPC Harding Park last August. 

There are, as you might expect, plenty of compelling storylines: a resurgent Jordan Spieth potentially becoming just the sixth player ever to complete the career grand slam; Rory McIlroy, fresh from a win at the Wells Fargo, looking in fine shape to win his first major since 2014; Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland all going for their first major titles; plus all of the other fun to be had from a field containing the likes of Bryson Dechambeu, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Co. 

And that’s to say nothing of the Scottish interest provided by Martin Laird and Robert MacIntyre.

It’s a seriously deep, seriously exciting field. Let’s take a closer look at it. 

(Parentheses, where used, denotes other eligibility criteria by which players could have otherwise qualified) 

1. All past winners of the PGA Championship

Rich Beem, Keegan Bradley (8), John Daly, Jason Day (6,8), Jason Dufner, Pádraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka (3,8,9,10), Rory McIlroy (5,8,9,10), Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa (6,8,10), Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas (5,8,9,10), Jimmy Walker, Yang Yong-eun

The following former champions had not entered as of May 10, 2021: Paul Azinger, Mark Brooks, Jack Burke Jr., Steve Elkington, Dow Finsterwald, Raymond Floyd, Al Geiberger, Wayne Grady, David Graham, Don January, Davis Love III, John Mahaffey, Larry Nelson, Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, David Toms, Lee Trevino, Bob Tway, Lanny Wadkins.

Tiger Woods is not expected to play.

2. Recent winners of the Masters Tournament (2017-2021)

Sergio García (8,9,10), Dustin Johnson (3,6,8,9,10), Hideki Matsuyama (8), Patrick Reed (6,8,9,10)

3. Recent winners of the U.S. Open (2016-2020)

Bryson DeChambeau (8,9,10), Gary Woodland

4. Recent winners of The Open Championship (2015-2019)

Zach Johnson, Shane Lowry (8), Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth (8,9,10), Henrik Stenson

5. Recent winners of The Players Championship (2019-2021)

6. The leading 15 players, and those tying for 15th place, in the 2020 PGA Championship

Daniel Berger (8,10), Paul Casey (8,9), Cameron Champ, Joel Dahmen (8,10), Tony Finau (8,9), Kim Si-woo (8,10), Jon Rahm (8,9,10), Justin Rose (9), Xander Schauffele (8), Scottie Scheffler (8), Matthew Wolff (8)

7. The leading 20 players in the 2021 PGA Professional Championship

Danny Balin, Peter Ballo, Alex Beach, Frank Bensel Jr., Tyler Collet, Ben Cook, Mark Geddes, Larkin Gross, Derek Holmes, Greg Koch, Rob Labritz, Brad Marek, Tim Pearce, Ben Polland, Patrick Rada, Sonny Skinner, Stuart Smith, Joe Summerhays, Omar Uresti, Brett Walker

8. The 70 leading PGA Championship Points earners from the 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (and Barracuda Championship) through the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship (May 9, 2021)

Abraham Ancer, Sam Burns (10), Patrick Cantlay (10), Stewart Cink (10), Corey Conners, Harris English (10), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lanto Griffin, Emiliano Grillo, Talor Gooch, Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton (9), Russell Henley, Jim Herman (10), Charley Hoffman, Max Homa (10), Billy Horschel (10), Viktor Hovland (10), Mackenzie Hughes, Im Sung-jae, Matt Jones (10), Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Jason Kokrak (10), Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird (10), Marc Leishman (10), Adam Long, Peter Malnati, Maverick McNealy, Sebastián Muñoz, Kevin Na (10), Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Carlos Ortiz (10), Ryan Palmer, Webb Simpson (9), Cameron Smith (10), Brendan Steele, Robert Streb (10), Brendon Todd, Cameron Tringale, Harold Varner III, Bubba Watson (9), Richy Werenski, Lee Westwood, Aaron Wise, Will Zalatoris

9. Playing members of the 2018 Ryder Cup teams, who are ranked within the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 9, 2021

Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter

10. Winners of official tournaments on the PGA Tour from the 2020 Wyndham Championship until the start of the championship

Brian Gay, Branden Grace, Hudson Swafford

11. PGA of America invitees

An Byeong-hun, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Dean Burmester, John Catlin, George Coetzee, Cameron Davis, Thomas Detry, Rickie Fowler, Dylan Frittelli, Adam Hadwin, Lucas Herbert, Garrick Higgo, Harry Higgs, Rasmus Højgaard, Sam Horsfield, Rikuya Hoshino, Jazz Janewattananond, Takumi Kanaya, Chan Kim, Kurt Kitayama, Tom Lewis, Robert MacIntyre, Denny McCarthy, Alex Norén, Victor Perez, Thomas Pieters, J.T. Poston, Aaron Rai, Chez Reavie, Antoine Rozner, Kalle Samooja, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Jason Scrivener, Kevin Streelman, Steve Stricker

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