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Field for PGA Championship at Valhalla taking shape

Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley Among 28 Major Champions Set to Compete at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – (July 22, 2014) The PGA of America announced today the current field of 120 players who will compete in the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. In advance of the final 156-player field being determined on July 28, many of golf’s most recognizable names have already committed to the major championship.

That list includes 15 PGA Champions, headlined by Defending Champion Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy (2012 PGA Champion and 2014 Open Champion), Keegan Bradley (2011), Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Champion and 2014 U.S. Open Champion), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007) and Phil Mickelson (2005). Others who have committed include 2014 Masters Champion Bubba Watson as well as world No. 1 Adam Scott.

Joining the top players in the world at the 96th PGA Championship will be 20 PGA Club Professionals, who earned berths in the field at Valhalla by finishing in the top 20 at the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in June.

Tom Watson and Paul McGinley, the 2014 United States and European Ryder Cup Captains, respectively, are also exempt into the field this year.

The 96th PGA Championship, which features the strongest field in golf, is also the final official points event to determine the first nine members of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team. Watson will select the final three players who will represent the U.S. Team that will compete against Europe in the 40th Ryder Cup, Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

To view the list of players who have committed to the 96th PGA Championship, click here. For more information on the PGA of America, click here.

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