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Sunday, August 9, 2015

PGA Championship - Preview

Glory's Last Shot awaits a loaded field at Whistling Straits for this week's PGA Championship, and here is a preview to get things off and running.

It's a bit uncommon that we can enjoy course history in a PGA Championship that is as recent as 2010, so savvy gamers will appreciate that comfort. In addition, the 2004 PGA also took place in Kohler, Wisconsin at Whistling Straits.

Whistling Straights is a par-72 layout of 7,501 yards, featuring four par 5s, four par 3s and 10 par 4s. Three of those par 4s are over 500 yards. It would stand to reason that being long off the tee is a major advantage.

Here are the top 10 (and ties) from 2004 and 2010:

  • 2010 - Winner - Martin Kaymer, P2 - Bubba Watson, T3 - Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson, T5 - Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Steve Elkington, T8 - Wen-Chong Liang and Camilo Villegas, T10 - Matt Kuchar and Jason Day
  • 2004 - Winner - Vijay Singh, P2 - Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard, T4 - Ernie Els and Chris Riley, T6 - K.J. Choi, Paul McGinley and Phil Mickelson, T9 - Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames, Ben Crane and Adam Scott
This list is not exclusively comprised of bombers, but when you see names like Bubba, Rory, DJ, Day, Singh, Els, Mickelson and Adam Scott, it's essentially a who's who of elite bombers. Perhaps the most interesting name on that list was ZJ, with a T3 in 2010. Coming off a win at the bomber-friendly Old Course, ZJ can't be ignored. 

In addition to course history and current form, I intend to take a hard look at Driving Distance, Par 4 Scoring Average, Par 5 Scoring average and perhaps SG:TTG. 

We will return later in the week with a power ranking and a one-and-done selection. 

Until then, happy research.

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