Valhalla Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1986, and is ranked the 99th in America’s Top Golf Courses. The most famous hole on the course is the 13th, which is a dogleg left that forces the golfers to put down the driver for a hole. In the 2008 Ryder Cup the tee was moved forward to 300 yards from the hole, yet no golfers went for the hole since the green is an island, and the risk was too large. The course has hosted 2 PGA championships, 2 Senior PGA Championships, and the 2008 Ryder Cup. While there are a lot of golfers to watch this year, Tiger Woods will probably not be one of them, due to his injury at the Bridgestone Invitational. However, there are plenty of top competitors in this year’s field. Here are Thuuz‘s picks for the top 5 five contenders in the 2014 PGA Championship.
5. Adam Scott- He was the Number 1 golfer in the world until just a week ago, and has finished in the top 15 for every major. Scott has been playing great golf all year, and you can expect him to show up to play for the championship.
4. Rickie Fowler- Even though Fowler hasn’t won a tournament in 58 starts, he has finished in the top 5 in the last 3 majors. The last time someone finished in the top 5 of three majors was Tiger Woods in 2005. After finishing second at both the US Open and the British Open, Fowler has a great chance at taking a top spot this year at Valhalla.
3. Sergio Garcia- With 3 straight second place finishes, Garcia has been on fire recently and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t do well in this upcoming tournament. With 4 top ten finishes in the PGA, Valhalla may be the place where Garcia could finally take home his first major trophy.
2. Jim Furyk- Even though Furyk hasn’t won in 4 years, Valhalla could be the place where he turns his game around. After a successful week in the 2008 Ryder Cup, Furyk knows the course, and should use that to his advantage. He also has 5 top ten finishes in his last 9 starts, so he has a good chance to do well in this tournament. Furyk has also already locked in a spot for the Ryder Cup.
1. Rory McIlroy- He’s come in first place in each of his last two starts, and won the PGA Championship by 8 strokes in 2012. Mcilroy is coming into Valhalla as the top player in the world, which is one of the main reasons why he is the most likely to win the PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2014.