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Thursday, August 8, 2013

PGA Championship Players to Watch

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PGA Championship Players to Watch

The best players in the world are making their way to Rochester, New York this week for the fourth and final major of the 2013 season. The historic Oak Hill Country Club will host this year's PGA Championship. Oak Hill has been a destination for some of the biggest tournaments in the world over the years including the Ryder Cup, multiple U.S. Opens and now multiple PGA Championships, among several other PGA events. Who are the players to watch for this week? Lets take a look at five players to watch...

Tiger Woods
Despite having a "down year" Tiger comes into the PGA as arguably the hottest player on tour. He blew away the field last week at the Bridgestone Invitational including a second round 61 to win the tournament by eight strokes. Vegas had him as low as 3:1 odds to win this week. While he has yet to but together 4 rounds in Majors this season, these are the tournaments he lives for. It may not be Tiger vs. the field as it was a few years ago, but it is as close as it has ever been.

Keegan Bradley
Lost in Tiger's triumphant victory last week was the very solid second place finish Keegan Bradley put together. We haven't heard a lot from the passionate American since last falls Ryder Cup but he seems to be putting all the pieces together and should be a name to watch on the leaderboard this weekend. He also is a former PGA Champion, a distinction that never hurts.

Rory McIlroy
The defending PGA Champion and former World #1 has been anything but spectacular this season. That said, he has put together a couple of solid rounds in each of his last three events dating back to the British Open. If ever there was a time to reassert himself as a star in the game, this week would be it.

Henrik Stenson
Stenson has been the most consistent player in the world in 2013 having seven top 25 finishes and 5 top 10 finishes. He is coming off consecutive 2nd place finishes at The Open and WGC. If you are looking to ride a hot hand, Stensen may be the best bet for a guy not named Tiger Woods.

Phil Mickelson
After winning The Open, Scottish Open and finishing 2nd at the US Open, it is safe to say the the world's #2 ranked player is on his game in 2013. He has had success at Oak Hill in the past with strong showings at both the 1995 Ryder Cup and 2003 PGA Championship. He is certainly one of the favorites again this week.


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