It seems like The Open Championship just finished five minutes ago, right? You know that epic Henrik Stenson-Phil Mickelson battle at Troon that went the way of the Swede? Great stuff. And now, it’s major time again. Already.
Since the Olympic golf competition is coming in August, the PGA Championship is already here, pushed up two weeks due to the the events in Rio.
Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey is hosting this year’s PGA. And that might be really good for Mickelson.
Lefty won the PGA at Baltusrol in 2005, for his second major championship.
This will be only the second time that Baltusrol has hosted the PGA. The club has hosted several other majors though, including seven US Open’s, two won by the legendary Jack Nicklaus (1967, 1980).
As far as the favorites, you obviously have to look to Stenson and Mickelson since they tore up Troon less than ten days ago.
Stenson is a ball striking machine. And when he putts well, he’s tough to beat. And now that he’s won that first major, he’s better equipped to handle those bigger, pressure putts.
Lefty is playing well, and his previous win here has to give him some hope. Phil loves the course and sometimes that means everything when it comes to how well he plays.
I’m going with Rory McIlroy.
Rory seems to love the PGA. He’s won it twice (2012, 2014) and always seems to play well in this event.
It’s about that time for McIlroy to win another major.
Dustin Johnson should be a factor. He and McIlroy are the best in the game at driving it a mile straight. As with Rory, it’s usually about making putts. And DJ now has the first major win as well. That’s a frightening thought for the rest of the tour.
Another long hitter, Tony Finau. Maybe Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. Also like David Lingmerth’s chances to contend.
When it’s all over Sunday, I like Rory to be hosting the Wannamaker Trophy.