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.


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.