Thursday, August 11, 2011

PGA Championship Preview

WGC Bridgestone is in the books, and with its completion comes a great deal of drama. Rickie Fowler did in fact finish in the top 10 (second to be exact), but this rising star took a backseat to the Steve Williams and Tiger Woods “feud.”

When all was said and done, Adam Scott (Stevie’s new employer) had won the tournament with a final score of 17-under, with Tiger finishing tied for 37th at 1-over. Williams felt a great deal of satisfaction with this win, even saying that it was the “MOST satisfying win he’s ever had.” Adam Scott put together a phenomenal performance at WGC Bridgestone, but Stevie made it sound like he won the tournament, just for the purpose of taking a shot at Tiger Woods.

Will this scuffle between Woods and Williams carry over to the PGA Championship? I doubt it. Both needed to let off some steam, and they have. Now it’s time to purely focus on golf.

With that being said, who is the favorite to win this weekend’s 93rd PGA Championship? For starters, the guy who won last week looks like a top candidate. I couldn’t help but notice that Adam Scott’s swing looks a lot like Tiger’s old swing, the one that won him 14 majors? I like Scott’s chances in the final major of the season, especially with the consistency he has shown with that long putter.

Even though Scott is my favorite to win, there are a few other golfers to watch. Both Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlory put together strong performances at WGC and will be in the hunt come Sunday. I also expect Jason Day and veteran Steve Stricker to be towards the top of the leaderboard when all is said in done. My wild card for the tournament is Hunter Mahan. Mahan struggled last week at Firestone, but he has performed well all year and is due for his first major victory.

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