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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

PGA Championship - Power Ranking and One-and-done

The PGA Championship is growing closer by the minute and here is this week's power ranking and one-and-done to complete our research for the week. I encourage you to flip back to Sunday's preview for more details on Whistling Straits and the PGA Championship.

Here we go!

  1. Bubba Watson - Perhaps he should be second on the list, as he has posted back-to-back runner-up finishes leading up to this event and a P2 at Whistling Straits in 2010. He has everything required for success at this venue, ranking first in driving distance and par-5 scoring average, second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 21st in par 4 scoring average. 
  2. Jason Day - Could this be his week? Went T4, 1, T12 in his last three starts and tied for 10th in this event back in 2010. Ranks third in driving distance and second in par-4 scoring average.
  3. Jordan Spieth - Definitely a quick learner, but has missed both of his cuts in the PGA Championship. Ranks first in par-4 scoring average, second in SG:TTG and 20th in par-5 scoring average. 
  4. Dustin Johnson - This is almost 2010 all over again. Blew a U.S. Open in 2010 and this year and ended his major season at Whistling Straits. Would have been in a playoff here in 2010 if he could identify a bunker, so clearly the course fits. Form is off a touch, but that shouldn't matter this week.
  5. Justin Rose - Trendy right now, with a T6-T4-T3 run in his last three starts but has missed the cut both trips to Whistling Straits. 
  6. Brooks Koepka - Different venue, but a T15 in this event last year. Has posted T10-T18-T6 in his last three starts, with the T6 coming at the legit Firestone CC in the WGC-Bridgestone. Reminds me a bit of Keegan Bradley when he won this event, picking up his first win earlier in the year. 
  7. Rickie Fowler - A bit under the radar, but his runner-up-T10 in his last two events has him poised for a nice run.
  8. Zach Johnson - Winner at St. Andrews finished T3 here in 2010. In a bubble, that should place him higher this week, but his length could be a challenge.
  9. Henrik Stenson - Starting to feel like Lee Westwood of five years ago. Keep expecting him to be a major winner due to his game and course fits, but it hasn't happened yet. 
  10. Rory McIlroy - Likely that he will be a bit rusty, but his T3 in 2010 can't be overlooked. If he gets in a groove, he could shift the focus of the golf world away from Spieth.
  11. Jim Furyk
  12. Matt Kuchar
  13. Louis Oosthuizen
  14. Hideki Matsuyama
  15. Sergio Garcia
  16. Danny Willett
  17. Shane Lowry 
  18. Patrick Reed
  19. Paul Casey
  20. Robert Streb
  21. Phil Mickelson
  22. Marc Leishman
  23. Marc Warren
  24. Martin Kaymer
  25. Justin Thomas


Brooks Koepka is the starter, with Robert Streb as the backup. 

Best of luck to all!


  1. Is there ever any research behind a players success on a specific architects courses? Or do they differ too much?

    1. Brad,
      You bring up a good point. At times, yes there is. Pete Dye is certainly one of those guys. I tend to lean on that more when there isn't course history to trust. This course is nothing like a Harbour Town or TPC Sawgrass, but could have some vague similarities to a Crooked Stick in terms of player type.

  2. No Danny Lee in top 25.... maybe I should re-think my picks!

    1. He's worthy of consideration for top 25. I wouldn't reconsider. Deep field this week.

  3. I hate to do this to you but please help! I can pick 2 for majors in my OAD league. Obviously I've picked most of the pack so I'm going Oosty..... and either Lee or Grace. Grace played great in both Opens! It's kind of a sneaky pick!