PGA Championship: 10 to watch

 

 
 
 
 
1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …
 
 

1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …

Photograph by: Warren Little, Getty Images

Ten stories to follow in the 96th PGA Championship, starting Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky:

1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …

2. Tiger Woods — You might have to wait until 8:35 a.m EDT to be sure his back makes it to the No. 10 tee, but either way, he’s headline news. Hit lots of balls and practised Wednesday afternoon.

3. Rickie Fowler — Top-5 finishes in all three 2014 majors, including T-2 at U.S. and British Opens. As confident/cocky as you’d expect from the Puma Boy.

4. Jason Dufner — With two bulging disks in his neck, the defending champ isn’t much of a threat to win, but he’s trying hard to make enough points here to qualify for the Ryder Cup team.

5. Keegan Bradley — Hits it big, and he’s rounding into form. The 2011 champ with the bad case of happy feet also needs a good finish here to make it to the Ryder Cup.

6. Graham DeLaet — Weyburn boy hasn’t yet followed up his breakthrough 2013 season with fantastic play, but if he’s strong enough after the flu forced him to W/D last week, his ball-striking could carrying him a long way here.

7. Sergio Garcia — He’s probably never looked and sounded so content with his game and his life as right now. After back-to-back runner-up finishes, this could be his week.

8. Marc Leishman — The big Aussie has all kinds of game, and was close last week at Bridgestone. He’ll be a major champion one day.

9. Phil Mickelson — No point saying Lefty’s having a brutal year, because you’re going to watch him anyway. And he’s so unpredictable, even his bad shots are fun.

10. Kenny Perry — Not that he’s apt to win, but the good ol’ boy from Kentucky, who lost here to Mark Brooks in 1996 and played on the winning Ryder Cup here in 2008, will be most popular player on the grounds. Turns 54 on Sunday.

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1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …
 

1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …

Photograph by: Warren Little, Getty Images

 
1. Rory McIlroy — The favourite, and rightly so, coming off impressive wins at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. Now No. 1-ranked in the world, and on the kind of roll rarely seen since …
2. Tiger Woods — You might have to wait until 8:35 a.m EDT to be sure his back makes it to the No. 10 tee, but either way, he's headline news. Hit lots of balls and practised Wednesday afternoon.
3. Rickie Fowler — Top-5 finishes in all three 2014 majors, including T-2 at U.S. and British Opens. As confident/cocky as you'd expect from the Puma Boy.
4. Jason Dufner — With two bulging disks in his neck, the defending champ isn't much of a threat to win, but he's trying hard to make enough points here to qualify for the Ryder Cup team.
5. Keegan Bradley — Hits it big, and he's rounding into form. The 2011 champ with the bad case of happy feet also needs a good finish here to make it to the Ryder Cup.
6. Graham DeLaet — Weyburn boy hasn't yet followed up his breakthrough 2013 season with fantastic play, but if he's strong enough after the flu forced him to W/D last week, his ball-striking could carrying him a long way here.
7. Sergio Garcia — He's probably never looked and sounded so content with his game and his life as right now. After back-to-back runner-up finishes, this could be his week.
8. Marc Leishman — The big Aussie has all kinds of game, and was close last week at Bridgestone. He'll be a major champion one day.
9. Phil Mickelson — No point saying Lefty's having a brutal year, because you're going to watch him anyway. And he's so unpredictable, even his bad shots are fun.
10. Kenny Perry — Not that he's apt to win, but the good ol' boy from Kentucky, who lost here to Mark Brooks in 1996 and played on the winning Ryder Cup here in 2008, will be most popular player on the grounds. Turns 54 on Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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