It’s one of the odd statistics you can stump your friend on.
What native Washington golfer has played in the most PGA Championships in the past half-decade?
Not Fred Couples.
Not Ryan Moore.
It’s Seattle’s Ryan Benzel, who qualified for his fourth consecutive PGA Championship with a tied-for-11th showing at the PGA Professional National Championship in Indiana.
Playing in the final group, Benzel closed with a 6-over-par 78 on a windy day on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
“Never thought about it like that,” Benzel said of the growing number of PGA Championship appearances. This year’s tournament will be held at Whistling Straits Golf Club in Wisconsin.