Okay, let’s be very serious for a second. Predicting the PGA Championship is next to impossible. Of course, our odds increase if we select one of the top players, but can really predict any Major winner. However, that does not stop us from trying!
I could create a cacophony of white noise about who is the hot, streaking, best suited for conquering Quail Hollow or drive stats down your throat, but that would just be an exercise in futility. I, like many other pundits, base our selections on feel at the time. And this years PGA Championship is no different.
The pundits (or experts depending on your viewpoint) are picking Rory McIlroy as this years PGA Championship. I guess that if you pick someone with that much talent week after week you are bound to be right. Jordan Spieth is a great choice as he pursues his career grand slam. And the list of top players continues.
Early in the year, I selected Hideki Matsuyama. Given the way he has played this year, I am going to stick with him. He is ready to break out and win his first Major. He seems as good as any to win the PGA Championship.
I do have two thoughts, however, that I think most readers will not consider. First, the leaders of The Grateful Golfer Prediction contest have selected Jim Furyk. I am not sure what scientific method they use, if any, but so far they have picked a winner and 2 other top 10 finishers. Maybe they are on to something, so I will be watching Furyk this weekend.
Lastly, my black horse for the PGA Championship is Charley Hoffman. He has finished in the top 25 in all the Majors this year and seems to be in the mixed on moving day. I am not sure if he can seal the deal this weekend, but he is someone not to overlooked.
These are my thoughts on predicting the PGA Championship winner. What are yours?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer golf blog.