Tiger Woods leads incredible list of names MISSING the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods is just one of many top stars missing the PGA Championship next week in New York. 

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Fri, 12 May 2023
Tiger Woods leads incredible list of names MISSING the PGA Championship

Every year it seems key players are missing from major championships, but rarely as many as there are missing this year's PGA Championship

The second major of the year, this year's PGA Championship is set for 18-21 May in Rochester, New York at Oak Hill Country Club. 

Justin Thomas is the defending champion after defeating Will Zalatoris in a playoff last year at Southern Hills Country Club. 

And Zalatoris, 26, is just one of many stars that will not be making the trip to New York for this year's tournament. 

After two runner-up finishes at the majors last year, Zalatoris underwent back surgery earlier this season and is out for the remainder of the 2023 campaign. 

Related: Will Zalatoris ruled OUT for entire PGA Tour season

He's also not the only star missing the major next week due to recent surgery.

Tiger Woods is undoubtedly the biggest name missing from this year's field list, as the 82-time PGA Tour winner recently underwent ankle surgery. 

While the timetable for his return is still unknown, it appears to be at least a little while as his long-time caddie, Joe LaCava, has since hopped on Patrick Cantlay's bag in a full-time role. 

Related: Patrick Cantlay says he did NOT speak to Tiger Woods before hiring caddie LaCava

On the other side of things, there's also players like Sergio Garcia, who didn't qualify for the PGA Championship field as a result of joining LIV Golf last season. 

The Spaniard will miss a major for the first time since 1999, per the Associated Press' Doug Ferguson. 

Related: PGA of America rules LIV Golf's Sergio Garcia OUT of first major since 1999 (!)

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, whose recent resignations from the DP World Tour were announced at the same time as Garcia's, are also notably absent from the field list for this year's tournament. 

Related: LIV Golf stars confirm DP World Tour RESIGNATIONS: "Consequences of own choices"

Here's a list of some of the biggest names that will be missing from next week's major:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Will Zalatoris
  • Lee Westwood
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Ian Poulter
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Marc Leishman
  • Kevin Na
  • Bubba Watson

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