The second major of the year sees Southern Hills in Oklahoma host the 2022 edition of the PGA Championship sans defending champion Phil Mickelson.
The 2020 PGA Championship winner backed it up in 2021 by winning the Open Championship with Collin Morikawa building one of the great starts of all-time to a major career. In nine starts he has two wins and three further Top 8s to go with just a single missed cut. A little like Brooks Koepka, his game is built for the stiffer tests majors offer. While his form is certainly not where it was 12 months ago, he remains one of the pre-eminent ball strikers in the world. He ranks 2nd in Ball Striking, 8th in Strokes Gained: Approach, 5th in GIR and 6th in Proximity: 200+ Yards so his game is perfect for Southern Hills.
After suffering an injury earlier in the year, Matsuyama seems to really be warming into his best form in time for this tournament that will suit him well. There is no question that ball striking will be essential this week and few hit it as cleanly as the 2021 Masters winner, who ranks 3rd in Ball Striking, 6th in Strokes Gained: Approach, 7th in GIR and 2nd in Proximity from 200+ Yards. He rarely has a bad major. He should be well in the mix.
Englishman Matt Fizpatrick sits firmly in the 20s and among the Top 25 players in the game making him the perfect profile to win a PGA Championship. His length from the tee is a worry but he does lead the Tour in Strokes Gained this year. Fitzpatrick ranks 3rd in Scrambling and 6th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green.
Henley has nine Top 40 finishes in his last 14 majors so his strong iron game does tend to hold up on the big stage. He ranks 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach and 12th in Ball Striking. He is plenty of value to make a deep run.