LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2013 — The 95th PGA Championship gets underway today on the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Tiger Woods is the favorite to win, but he has not won a major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open.
This week could be the week Tiger gets back on track as far as majors go. He won last week at Firestone CC after a second round 61 put him way ahead of the field. This year, Tiger has won a total of five tournaments and has seven top ten finishes in the 11 tournaments he entered.
He had a stretch from March until May where he won three out of the four tournaments he entered. The one he did not win during that stretch was the Masters, in which he finished fourth.
Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship four times. The last time was at Southern Hills Country Club in 2007.
The tight fairways at Oak Hill should mean less drivers off the tee, which should play more into Tiger’s hand. Woods ranks just 53rd in the PGA in driving accuracy.
Other players to watch for are Henrik Stenson, who has finished second in his last two tournaments, and Adam Scott. Stenson ranks sixth in driving accuracy, second in hitting greens in regulation and has five top ten finishes this year.
Adam Scott has four top ten finishes, most recently a third place finish in The Open at Muirfield. Scott’s lone win in 2013 was a playoff win over Angel Cabrera at The Master’s.
Phil Mickelson’s driver may get him into some trouble at Oak Hill. He will need to lean heavily on his short game if he wants to contend.
The PGA Championship is far from Tiger’s to lose. However, if he can carry his momentum from the Bridgestone over into this week’s tournament, Tiger Woods will be very hard to beat.
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