The PGA Championship used to be known as “Glory’s Last Shot” until it went away from that slogan. Now, the PGA of America promotes the final major as having the strongest field in golf with the richest purse ($10 million).
Picking a winner is about as easy as throwing darts blindfolded. Keegan Bradley won in 2011 in the first major he ever played. Tiger Woods has won four times. And perhaps the most famous PGA winner was John Daly, who was the ninth alternate in 1991 when he got into the field at Crooked Stick and introduced golf to his “grip it and rip it” style of play. Here's a look at five - plus one notable - contenders for this week's tournament:
ADAM SCOTT (AUSTRALIA)
2014 Majors: Masters-T14, US Open-T9, British Open-T5.
Birdies: He hasn’t finished out of the top 10 since he went to No. 1 in the world in May.
Bogeys: He has won only two times in America in the last year.
RORY MCILROY (NORTHERN IRELAND)
2014 Majors: Masters-T8, US Open-T23, British Open-1.
Birdies: The last time he won a major, he established himself as the best player in golf.
Bogeys: Only six players in history have won the final two majors of the year.
SERGIO GARCIA (SPAIN)
2014 Majors: Masters-Cut, US Open-T35, British Open-T2.
Birdies: Has more top 3s in the PGA Championship than in any other major, including two runner-up finishes.
Bogeys: Played great at Hoylake when the pressure was off. Now the pressure is back on.
JIM FURYK (UNITED STATES)
2014 Majors: Masters-T14, US Open-T12, British Open-4.
Birdies: Already has three runner-up finishes this year, was runner-up at the PGA last year and has locked up a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Bogeys: Hasn’t won in four years and has failed to convert a 54-hole lead the last seven times.
RICKIE FOWLER (UNITED STATES)
2014 Majors: Masters-T5, US Open-T2, British Open-T2.
Birdies: First player since Tiger Woods in 2005 to finish in the top 5 at the first three majors of the year.
Bogeys: Has gone 57 tournaments over two years since he last won a tournament.
TIGER WOODS (UNITED STATES) *
2014 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-DNP, British Open-69.
Birdies: Won at Valhalla in 2000. With a victory, he can join Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen with fifth PGA Championship title.
Bogeys: Re-injured his back at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaving his status for the final golf major in doubt. Hasn’t seen Valhalla in 14 years.