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PGA Championship chances: Can Adam Scott win his first major?

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We've reached the PGA Championship, the final major of the season. It's the field's last chance for majors glory in 2011. So who's going to take the prize at Atlanta? We'll run down the top players' chances, continuing with one of the most in-form players in golf.

Adam Scott

Current world ranking: 9

So far this year: Scott hasn't exactly been the model of consistency this season. After finishing T-21 to start the season, he promptly missed two consecutive cuts, before finding his game and notching six top-25 finishes in his last nine starts. He also won at Firestone, blowing away the field and quickly becoming one of the players to watch at the PGA Championship.

Record at the PGA Championship: His recent record would tell you he might not contend this week. Following a T-9 and T-3 in 2004 and 2006, Scott missed the cut in two of his last four appearances.

Why he could win: Because he finally seems to be getting comfortable with the fact that he's one of the best players in the game. For so long it seemed like Scott couldn't wrap his head around the fact that he was destined to be a major winner. But after four flawless rounds last week at Firestone, this could be his time. He's swinging better than almost anybody in the field, and his putter seems to be good to go. Throw in Steve Williams on the bag and it's easy to see why people have him pegged to win his first major.

Why he could fall short: Steve Williams. Scott's been spending more time this week answering questions about his caddie, it makes you wonder how prepared he and Williams are for this week. Plus, he has the added pressure coming off a huge win. It'll be interesting to see how he handles the lofty expectations.

Our take: Scott has the entire package this week to take down Atlanta Athletic Club, but there's something about a guy winning a major with a long putter that make me think he'll come up a tad bit short this week. Give Scott a top-10 finish for the week.

Your turn, folks. Can Adam Scott win his first major at the PGA Championship?

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