The PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday morning, and with a full field (including the late addition of Tiger Woods), it should be a great week at Valhalla Golf Club as a ton of big names go for the final major of 2014. Who walks away with the Wanamaker Trophy? Our experts give you who they think will take home the hardware on Sunday evening.
Kevin Kaduk — Did we blow it with our picks for the British or what? While two of us picked Henrik Stenson (T-39) for some reason, no one took the safe bet by tabbing Rory McIlroy. I'm not making the same mistake twice. Though picking Rory has famously been a boom-or-bust proposition, he's playing the most consistent golf of his career and it's hard to imagine him not conquering a PGA setup that's traditionally not as challenging as the other three majors. This may not be a sexy pick, but it's the right one.
Shane Bacon — The smart pick is Rory, the popular pick is Rickie, the finally! pick is Sergio and the "what are you thinking" pick is Tiger. But I'm not going with any of those. I'm going with Thomas Bjorn. Yes, I know it's crazy and a long shot and unlikely, but Bjorn continues to play well in big events, finishing T-8 at the Masters, T-26 at the Open and T-15 last week at Firestone. Bjorn has been close to winning this championship twice in his career, finishing T-2 in 2005 and third alone at the PGA back in 2000 that was played on, you guessed it, Valhalla Golf Club. Bjorn might not be a name you see a lot when looking up picks before play kicks off on Thursday, but I'm sick of picking the name everyone goes with and feel a long shot will be more fun to root for and more satisfying if he actually did something these next four days.
And your pick this week at the PGA?
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- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy
- Thomas Bjorn