It’s hard to believe we’re already at the final major of the year, where Whistling Straights hosts the PGA Championship for the third time since 2004. The golf course is visually intimidating, and will test the patience and focus of the best players in the world. It’s their last shot at major glory in 2015, and as fans, it’s our last major shot at pretending we have the knowledge to predict the future.
In my early season major predictions, I have been 1 for 3 in predicting winners so far, being one of the only people to foresee a Spieth victory at The Masters (sarcasm). For the PGA Championship, I had selected Dustin Johnson to get redemption after his heartbreak at the same course in 2010. His form as of late has me concerned, and he has thus dropped in my rankings for this week. However, since I am a man who sticks to his guns, I will keep him in my stable of top 5 contenders:.
5. Dustin Johnson
After rapidly fading out of contention at The Open and a poor performance at the WGC Bridgestone, he has lost a bit of my confidence. However, he obviously has the skill to turn it around and make another run at his first major title, if he can dig deep enough to get over that hurdle.
4. Rickie Fowler
Rickie is no doubt trending towards a major victory with his clutch victories at the Players and Scottish Open this year, and has shown he can get himself into contention on the biggest stages. Wisconsin is the “cheese state”, and Rickie wears orange on Sundays, which reminds me of cheese. Will that give him an edge? Stay tuned.
3. Justin Rose
Rose has one of the most consistent swings on tour and if anyone can plod along quietly hitting fairways and greens on his way to another major trophy, it’ll be JR.
2. Jordan Spieth
I don’t think many people will be betting against this kid, but predicting him to win seems, well, predictable. It almost seems like a formality that he will be in contention on Sunday, whether he can hold off a slew of charging steeds yet again is the only question.
2015 PGA Champion: Jason Day
He’s had some gutsy performances this year, including battling vertigo at the US Open while in contention. He clearly has the game to take down a major, and he’s easy to pull for. I like being able to pull for my picks. He will be a very popular champion amongst the fans.
Side bet: Will Tiger Woods make the cut?
I’m hopelessly optimistic that he will, but not by much.
Who are your picks to contend at the PGA Championship?