"Glory's Last Shot," the PGA Championship starts today (TV coverage schedule below). The PGA is the 4th and final major championship in professional golf. There are very many story lines and numerous players who have a legitimate chance at winning this major.
Of course the return of Tiger Woods is one of the biggest story lines. Following last week's mediocre performance at the WGC Bridgestone, Tiger isn't quite the favorite to win he used to be back in the peak of his career. With another week of practice and a week of playing in actual competition, it will be interesting to see how far Tiger has progressed. Can he contend? With the dismal driving accuracy he displayed last week, no.
Who does the Frog think will win? There are several hot players who stand a great chance.
Jason Day from Australia would be the first on the list. Day has placed 2nd in the Masters and the U.S. Open this year and is playing very well right now.
FedEx Cup money leaders in the top 5 are all great picks. Nick Watney is leading the FedEx Cup and playing extremely well. Watney has the game and it is just a matter of time for a Watney major win.
World #1 Luke Donald is a definite PGA Championship winner candidate. Donald's #1 ranking would be legitimized if he were to win. Arguably Donald's ball striking is as good as there is right now.
K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson round out the top five, minus world #1. Each player has a very different set of tools, but all are well suited for a PGA Championship victory. Phil already has one PGA Championship trophy in the trophy room.
Irish players have been dominating major championships for the past few years. In 2008 Padraig Harrington won the PGA Championship and the British Open. His game isn't at its best right now however.
But two other Irish players stand a great chance at a PGA Championship win, the frontrunner being U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy. Graeme McDowell hasn't played his best since his 2010 U.S. Open victory, but has proven that he has the game to win a major. Irishman Darren Clarke however, would not be a Frogger pick. Clarke's 2011 British Open victory was impressive, but in all likelihood will be his only major. In fact, he's probably still hung over from the post British partying.
The PGA can produce some surprising dark horse winners like Rich Beem (2002), Shaun Micheel (2003), Y.E. Yang (2009). Will that be the case this year?
|THU||8/11||TNT||1 - 7 PM ET|
|FRI||8/12||TNT||1 - 7 PM ET|
|SAT||8/13||TNT||11 - 2 PM ET|
|SAT||8/13||CBS||2 - 7 PM ET|
|SUN||8/14||TNT||11 - 2 PM ET|
|SUN||8/14||CBS||2 - 7 PM ET|