One of the unique characteristics of the PGA Championship is the 20 spots it reserves for PGA of America professionals based upon their finish in the National Professional Championship.
In the end, 19 professionals completed 36 holes at Kiawah Island this week. None made the cut. Bob Sowards, 44, was best of the lot, shooting 10-over 152 for two rounds.
As a group, the professionals were a combined 300 over par for the two days, including 194 over on Friday. On Thursday, the pros averaged 77.58 shots per round. A day later, they averaged 82.21. Two players shot in the 90s on Friday, driving up the average. Mike Small was best on Day 2, shooting 78.
It’s also worth looking at how the professionals did against the larger field. Though the 82.21 average is certainly high, the combined field averaged 78.11.