The USPGA championship gets under way this evening with many players looking to clinch the title of the last major of the year. With each major this year being from a different background, heritage and country, where will the fourth winner come from? Or will Scott, Rose and Mickelson look to make it double major wins this year.
There are obviously the usual suspects who the bookies seem to backing such as Scott, Mickelson and after his amazing win last week at the WGC, Tiger Woods, but who are the underdogs in this race for the final major of the year. Henrik Stenson looks to be a sure contender after finishing 3 shots behind Mickelson at Muirfield last month which saw him comfortably in second place. Henrik has been playing the most consistent out of every golfer so far this year, even though he is yet to win on the PGA and European tour this year, but has made 3 2nd place positions and has made a quarter of his overall PGA earnings this year ever since turning pro in 1999. Stenson currently sits 12th in the FedEx cup standings and is 11th in the official world rankings.
Woods is sitting firm favourite after his win last week, but he was always going to be favourite even without the win last week. After a long five years since his last major, you still can’t get rid of him and looks to reach Jack Nicklaus’ major record by 2018. Tiger Woods has been showing some form going to the USPGA championship this week which you can’t really say for Rory Mcilroy who is yet to win this year unlike the world number 1 who has already won 5 times this year and earnt over 7 million dollars this year. The defending champion is looking to change his form so far this year by using all the criticism he has received this year to motivate him and turn his form around. Mcilroy like any golfer is going through a bad patch of golf and will definitely show all his critics what he is really capable of. He showed us just how good he was after winning last year by a record 8 shots in the a USPGA championship and also becoming the youngest player to win, can he retain?