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PGA Championship winners by year: List of past champions, payouts, major history

Sporting News — (Jacob Janower)

The PGA Championship's status as a major tournament has attracted the best of the best in golf. 

It's etched through a scan of the all-time winners. Nicklaus. Woods. Player. The 2019 PGA Championship may seem like the forgotten major when compared to the other three, but it still possesses its share of history. It doesn't hurt that its move up the calendar from August to May will draw more attention toward it.

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Its prestigious payout history also backs up its status as a major. The winner earns seven figures, which is also occasionally the case for the runner-up.

Here is a full list of every PGA Championship winner since 1958, as well as a breakdown of the payouts and a look at the tournament's history.

PGA Championship winners by year

From 1916 to 1957, the PGA Championship was a match play event, with stroke play permanently taking over as the format in 1958. Jack Nicklaus' five stroke play tournament wins give him the most by any golfer, but Woods will have a chance to match him this year.

2018Brooks Koepka−16
2017Justin Thomas−8
2016Jimmy Walker−14
2015Jason Day−20
2014Rory McIlroy−16
2013Jason Dufner−10
2012Rory McIlroy−13
2011Keegan Bradley−8
2010Martin Kaymer−11
2009Yang Yong-eun−8
2008Pádraig Harrington−3
2007Tiger Woods−8
2006Tiger Woods−18
2005Phil Mickelson−4
2004Vijay Singh−8
2003Shaun Micheel−4
2002Rich Beem−10
2001David Toms−15
2000Tiger Woods−18
1999Tiger Woods−11
1998Vijay Singh−9
1997Davis Love III−11
1996Mark Brooks−11
1995Steve Elkington−17
1994Nick Price−11
1993Paul Azinger−12
1992Nick Price−6
1991John Daly−12
1990Wayne Grady−6
1989Payne Stewart−12
1988Jeff Sluman−12
1987Larry Nelson−1
1986Bob Tway−8
1985Hubert Green−6
1984Lee Trevino−15
1983Hal Sutton−10
1982Raymond Floyd−8
1981Larry Nelson−7
1980Jack Nicklaus−6
1979David Graham−8
1978John Mahaffey−8
1977Lanny Wadkins−6
1976Dave Stockton+1
1975Jack Nicklaus−4
1974Lee Trevino−4
1973Jack Nicklaus−7
1972Gary Player+1
1971Jack Nicklaus−7
1970Dave Stockton−1
1969Raymond Floyd−8
1968Julius Boros+1
1967Don January−7
1966Al GeibergerE
1965Dave Marr−4
1964Bobby Nichols−9
1963Jack Nicklaus−5
1962Gary Player−2
1961Jerry Barber−3
1960Jay Hebert+1
1959Bob Rosburg−3
1958Dow Finsterwald−4

How much does the PGA Championship winner make?

The purse for this year's PGA Championship is $11 million. The Masters purse, which was also $11 million in 2018, saw an increase of $500,000 this year. 

All payouts below are based off the 2018 results and purse and are always subject to change depending on ties. 

1st: $1.98 million
2nd: $1.188 million
3rd: $748,000
4th: $528,000
5th: $450,500
6th: $380,000
7th: $343,650
8th: $319,600
9th: $295,600
10th: $272,380
11th: $251,590
12th: $242,400
13th: $214,800
14th: $199,050
15th: $184,280
16th: $170,700
17th: $161,000
18th: $152,000
19th: $143,000
20th: $134,000
21st: $125,000
22nd: $116,000
23rd: $107,000
24th: $100,000
25th: $93,000
26th: $87,000
27th: $82,000
28th: $77,000
29th: $74,000
30th: $71,000
31st: $68,000
32nd: $65,000
33rd: $62,000
34th: $59,000
35th: $56,000
36th: $53,000
37th: $50,000
38th: $48,000
39th: $46,000
40th: $44,000
41st: $42,000
42nd: $40,000
43rd: $38,000
44th: $36,000
45th: $34,000
46th: $32,000
47th: $30,250
48th: $28,500
49th: $27,500
50th: $26,500
51st: $25,500
52nd: $25,000
53rd: $24,500
54th: $24,000
55th: $23,500
56th: $23,000
57th: $22,500
58th: $22,200
59th: $21,900
60th: $21,600
61st: $21,400
62nd: $21,200
63rd: $21,000
64th: $20,800
65th: $20,600
66th: $20,400
67th: $20,200
68th: $20,000
69th: $19,800
70th: $19,600

PGA Championship history

Having previously been played in August in most years since 1969, the tournament will now take up residency in May as part of a revamped PGA tour schedule. What started as a match play event all the way back in 1916 changed to the traditional stroke play format for good in 1958. 

The first tournament was held at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, and it has rotated courses around the country ever since. Jim Barnes, the 1916 champion, won $500 in prize money that year. For comparison, Brooks Koepka got $1,980,000 for his win last year.

Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma has hosted the PGA Championship four times, more often than any other course.

Although the exact history of when it was given major status is unclear, it's believed to be around 1960, shortly after the format change. In addition to his record five wins, Nicklaus has also been the runner-up on four separate occasions. Woods is the only golfer to win the tournament in consecutive years, a feat he has accomplished twice.