Wednesday, 10 August 2011

PGA Championship Preview

We have the last major of the season and reached the correct nickname "Glory's Last Shot", the PGA Championship is the last chance for players of the year for a great champion. It's hard to believe that it was just a years ago, Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff, while Dustin Johnson's punishment on the 72nd hole kept him from participating.
The 2011 PGA Championship has a lot of stories coming in. Is the top two golfers in the world, Luke Donald (1e) and Lee Westwood (2nd), wins their first major championship? It's just a matter of time before one of these two great victories. Looks like Luke Donald will be first, but when these two cases, we expect the to win. After missing the cut at the British Open Lee Westwood will be looking to show that he is a great competitor.
You can bet in the next few days we will be inundated with images and video (as above) of what happened last year at Whistling Straits Dustin Johnson. Currently, Johnson is playing as good as anyone in the world and I can not think of a better way to avenge last years unfortunate debacle than a win here.
Tiger Woods back last week with a new caddy and Adam Scott winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with his old caddy a new storyline. Woods was less than impressive and most of the conversation as his former caddy and his new Nike golf shoes than anything else. Attention has now shifted to the play of Adam Scott and Steve Williams will have the impact on his career. If it is anything like last week, Scott was able to walk a great champion on Sunday.
Will the U.S. ever win another major? Phil Mickelson was the last to win and that came at the 2010 Masters. It is now six in a row with South Africa claiming two and three Northern Ireland claim. Who from the United States will put an end to this streak-free? We mentioned above Dustin Johnson, but the U.S. also has three players in the top 10 of the world: Steve Stricker (fifth), Mickelson (sixth) and Nick Watney (10th). Mickelson is the only big winner, but this week I'm picking a major champion Steve Stricker.
Three groups to watch the PGA Championship:
3. Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke: The three big winners of 2011, coupled caught my attention. Schwartzel seems the favorite for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, while Clarke and McIlroy looking for another trophy to bring to Northern Ireland. McIlroy has become a contender every time he walks on the track. No surprise if he wins here.
2. Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia: Rickie Fowler comes from a strong presence last week at the WGC event where he finished second and the British Open where he finished fifth. It's a good time to your best golf of the year to play. Dustin Johnson commented above. I think everyone has a soft spot for him this week. Sergio Garcia loves to be in the top 10 at majors. I wonder if he ever win one, but you can rest assured that he will be near the top of the leaderboard.
1. Matt Kuchar, Weswtood Lee, and Jason Day: I'm pulling for the day of each week. The second place finish at the Masters and U.S. Open gave him a household name. It is now a matter of when he will win, not if. Kuchar was Mr. Consistency, but fell off the car at the British Open and next week at the RBC Canadian Open. Missing back to back cuts left him out of the top 10 in the world, a position he is hungry to return to. The # 2 ranked golfer in the world, Lee Westwood is in a race for his first major. A disappointing British Open, he is hungry for a big championship and to show that he is the best golfer in the world.


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