Looking at the PGA Championship contenders

8/11/13 in Golf   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Looking at the PGA Championship contendersGolf's major championship season (and in turn the only golf you care about) concludes today with the final round of the PGA Championship. Luckily for us, it's mostly a leaderboard full of names we know, both previous major winners and guys that have been knocking on the door. Here's a look at the contenders going into the final round.

Jim Furyk (-9, 2:55 tee time) Furyk's recent pressure rounds have not gone well. He last had the 54 hole lead in a major at the 2012 US Open, only to see a few late bogeys drop him to a tie for 4th. He then had a terrible Ryder Cup later that year. Now in his 40s, any chance to win his 2nd major could be his last.

Jason Dufner (-8, 2:55) Two years ago Dufner lost this tournament in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. Now he's most known for Dufnering. His 63 in the second round put him in this position, but he'll need to shoot better than Saturday's 71 to avenge 2011.

Henrik Stenson (-7, 2:45) Stenson has won the Player Championship and the Match Play, and has contended before in majors, most notably a 2nd at this year's Open Championship. Along with Furyk, Stenson is the only other player with all three rounds in the 60s. He's been knocking on the door of the major, and this time could be it.

Jonas Blixt (-6, 2:45) Who? According to trusty Wikipedia, Blixt is a 29 year old from Sweden who played college golf at Florida State and stayed in America afterward. Last year was his rookie year on the PGA Tour, but he always has two wins, including this year's Greenbrier Classic. This is only his 2nd major start ever. His first was this year's Open Championship, where he was tied for 26th. Given that the PGA has had plenty of out of nowhere winners, watch him be next.

Steve Stricker (-5, 2:35) The ever steady Stricker is once again around at the end of a major, but he still hasn't gotten it done, and already 4 shots back, does anyone think he gets it done this time?

Adam Scott (-5, 2:35) When Scott is playing well, he's really playing well, but when it goes bad for him it really goes bad. A double on 16 on Saturday dropped him back to where he is now. If he gets hot again like he did at Augusta, he can still win it. If not, he might fall back quickly.

Rory McIlroy (-3, 2:25) Rory went from afterthought to intriguing on the back 9 Saturday, finishing with two birdies including this chip-in on 18. Obviously six shots in a lot to make up, but if anyone can do it, it's Rory.

Lee Westwood (-3, 2:25) After all the times Westwood been in the lead or close to it and not won, could he possibly win it now despite the six shot deficit? Post a low number and hope might just be his best strategy at this point.

My wild guess on who will win is Stenson. Who's your pick to win the PGA Championship?
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