Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Five Picks -- Not Tiger Or Phil -- To Win The PGA

Trying to pick a winner of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits which is more of a target-style course than it initially appears, is pure guesswork. But figuring neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson drive it straight enough, here are five picks to win the PGA Championship:
1. Steve Stricker: He’s due to win a major and how perfect would it be if it came in his home state of Wisconsin?
2. Hunter Mahan: Winning the WGC event last week was a huge step for him. Maybe a major is next.
3. Sean O’Hair: Like Mahan – and maybe soon Tiger Woods – he’s playing well with help from teacher Sean Foley.
4. Rory McIlroy: He caught a bad break with the weather or he’d have won the British Open.
5. Justin Leonard: Had a chance to win the 2004 PGA at Whistling Straits.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Jeff Overton, as he has been very hot last few weeks. Agree Phil and Tiger are longshots as driving straight is at a premium, and Tiger's short game has issues. Two other possibilities, Jim Furyk and Graeme Mcdowell as straight accurate, which will be a premium. I agree with Mahan, Stricker, Rory, Sean as good picks. And Justin Leonards game does seem to be peaking at the right time.

Ryan Redding said...

Mahan is a good pick. I'm still not convinced with O'Hair. Need to see him finish one before I pick him to win a major.

I think McIlroy is a contender in every major until he actually wins one.

Personally, I like Ross Fisher. He won the 3 Irish Open two weeks ago in a tough field by driving the ball straight and accurate and putting exremely well. Plus he held off a charging 3-time major winner in Padraig Harrington.

Fisher has been knocking on the door in majors consistently the past two seasons and I think he has the temperment to finish one off.

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David said...

Agree on Tiger and Phil driving accuracy will be a factor. Tiger also needs to fix his putting and chipping. Agree with Rory pick as he could have won British except for his tee times. I might being looking at Paul Casey and Ernie Els given their length and of late accuracy. Paul had good British, and Ernie as past winner with game coming back and a number 3 would also be a pick. Also agree on hot golfers with Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hare. One last golfer I might see, especially given recent hot streak and length is Jeff Overton.