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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Picks for the PGA (I give this stuff away for free!)

I can't believe the PGA Championship starts tomorrow. Doesn't it seem like the Open Championship just happened?
The PGA is a tough one to handicap this year. Tiger just made mincemeat of the field at Firestone, but that's nothing new. He has a hard time on dogleggy par 70 courses like Southern Hills, so I don't see him as the favorite. In fact, I'd be surprised if he top tens it.
Here are my picks to win, and why:
1) Sergio Garcia - I picked him at the British, and he couldn't close the deal. If he can suck it up and face the music this week, he should do well. Tee to green there's no one better. He has to get out of his own way on the greens and in the press tent.
2) Justin Rose - He's red-hot, and he's due to break through. Rose is a grinder who can withstand the ups and downs one will experience at a course like Southern Hills.
3) Shaun Micheel - I just have a feeling about him. He hasn't played that well in '07, but he has a W and a 2nd in previous PGAs.
4) Zach Johnson - His driving is straight, and he is above average with his irons. And, he's a very good putter to boot. That's a tasty combination.
5) Kenny Perry - He's been playing very well lately. He's streaky, so if he gets it going, then he can go the distance. The PGA has always been his best chance at winning a major. He's getting older, so if he doesn't do it this year, his time will have likely passed.
6) Andres Romero - He's fearless, and he won't mind the hot weather as much as some of the other players.
7) Justin Leonard - Oklahoma is near Texas, and Leonard has fared very well in past PGAs. He's peaking at the right time.
8) Ryan Moore (Darkhorse) - He's due to live up to his expectations. Why not in a major?
Agree? Disagree? Let's hear what you think. Please comment at your leisure.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going with my South African boys, Retief and Ernie. If not for that 8 by the Big Easy at Carnoustie, he would have been in the playoff and probably would have won. Hitting his stride at the right time. And Retief is always tough in the majors. That being said, I like the Sergio pick as well. He's as due as Phil was years back. Just too good not to win at least one major... -JG

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