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The PGA: Playing for history

August 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Winning a major means different things to different players. Here is my take on what a victory in this week’s PGA would mean to the players listed below. The list was created from those who are listed at 80/1 at Ladbrokes. Their odds are in parentheses.

Tiger Woods (10/1) – He would end a 50 months drought, tie Nicklaus with five PGAs, win #15 to close within three of Nicklaus, and record his tenth season with a major. And, most importantly, he would rebuild his career momentum and his confidence in his chase for 19 majors. A win would, when combined with his three other PGA Tour wins, guarantee Player of the Year.
Phil Mickelson (40/1) – He would tie Seve Ballesteros with five majors and reestablish his position as the second best player of the Woods Era. Mickelson would also become the tenth player to win at least two PGA’s in the Modern Era.
Ernie Els (66/1) – Els would pull ahead of Mickelson to become the clear-cut second best player of the Woods Era. He would complete his first double major winning season and join Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Yom Watson, Nick Price, Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods as the only players in the Modern Era to win consecutive majors. He would tie Seve Ballesteros with five, and the PGA would give him three legs of the Career Grand Slam (CGS). A win would guarantee Player of the Year.
Rory McIlroy (20/1) – A win would give McIlroy the second leg of the CGS. His second would give him two in two years, the one a year pace that this much heralded player needs to match if he has any hopes of challenging for golf’s Best Ever.
Padraig Harrington (50/1) – He would join Els, Mickelson, and Ray Floyd as a four time major winner. He would also join the list of multiple PGA winners and reestablish himself as a serious contender for majors. His performances in the Masters (8t) and U.S. Open (4t) would, when combined with a PGA title, make him the odds on favorite for POY.
Bubba Watson (33/1) and Webb Simpson (40/1) – Both have a chance to join the list of double major winners in the Modern Era, to win the second leg of the CGS, and to put a lock on POY. A win would guarantee either the Player of the Year.
Jim Furyk (50/1) – A win would all but guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. He would also own two of the four majors. Based on his close loss at the U.S. Open, he would also be a strong candidate for POY.
Louis Oosthuizen (33/1) – He would win his second different major in the last three seasons and, with his swing and short range putting, establish himself as one of the top five players of today. A win combined with his second at the Masters would make him a strong candidate for POY.
Graeme McDowell (40/1) – He would win his second leg of the CGS and, with his strong showing in the Opens this year (2t, 5t), be the odds on favorite for POY.
Keegan Bradley (40/1) – His would join the list of two plus PGA winners in the Modern Era, and Bradley would join Woods as the only players to defend a PGA title in the Modern Era.
Martin Kaymer (80/1), Zach Johnson (50/1), Charl Schwartzel (66/1)
Leading players who could double their majors count from one to two.
Luke Donald (16/1), Lee Westwood (25/1), Dustin Johnson (25/1), Adam Scott (25/1), Sergio Garcia (66/1)
Elite players who desperately need to win their first major title.

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