The 2022 PGA Championship arrives at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa in three weeks, and fans will find out on Monday the group of players who signed up by Friday’s deadline.
Scottie Scheffler, who won the Masters trophy on April 10, and Jordan Spieth are two players Bryan Karns is watching.
“It will be exciting to see Scottie Scheffler have a shot at winning his second major in a row. It’s been so hot the last three or four months,” Karns said.
Spieth arrives with momentum after winning the RBC Heritage at Easter. A win at Southern Hills would give him a career grand slam, making him one of the all-time greats, Karns said. “It’s extremely difficult to do.”
If Tiger Woods decides to compete, it would be “icing on the cake,” Karns said. “Just for the game as a whole…it’s so good to see him again.”
The tournament will take place from May 19 to 22.
Most players haven’t played at Southern Hills since the course was renovated in 2018. Younger players like Scheffler, 25, and Spieth, 28, have never played there as pros.
“It really tests the players in a lot of areas,” Karns said. “The areas around the greens are so difficult. It will be an adventure for most of these players.
The 104th PGA Championship will be the eighth major championship at Southern Hills and the fifth time it has hosted a PGA Championship, the most by any golf club in the country, general manager Nick Sidorakis said. The last time the PGA Championship was held was in 2007. Defending champion Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Championship that year.
Karns worked the 2007 tournament as a trainee. The Oklahoma State University alum who grew up in Stillwater said it was that experience that got him hooked on golf. Now he’s leading his first PGA Championship.
Since he was also manager of the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship last May in Southern Hills, he has been in Tulsa for three years.
Preparation for the 2022 championship started as “a small business” and grew to 75-100 full-time workers in February, Karns said. Today, there are around 300 to 400 suppliers involved. House officials predict the economic impact of that — plus the 35,000 to 40,000 spectators — will be $143.5 million.
The long-term impact of television coverage that puts Tulsa in the national spotlight and likely draws other events will also be significant but much harder to gauge, Karns said.
Some tickets are still available for the opening day of the tournament and for the practice days from May 16-18. Visitors can inquire about tickets and all other information at pgachampionship.com.
Karns said preparations will soon move into the final touches. The three days of training with lighter crowds will give his team the opportunity to iron out any issues before the tournament begins. When they do, it will take a step back to observe how it all came together and if they provided the desired viewer experience.
Then he will start again as he begins a three-year cycle as manager of the May 2025 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.