Luke Donald at Kiawah. (Getty Images)
Leading up to the PGA Championship, we'll offer up our thoughts on some of the game's best players and their chances to win at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. We continue with the world's most beleaguered world No. 1.
His 2012 so far: A typically strong season from one of the world's best golfers. Twelve events, 10 cuts made, a victory in March at the Transitions. And he's coming off a T5 at the Open Championship. Just don't mention that missed cut at the U.S. Open or the T32 at the Masters, OK?
His record at the PGA Championship: He's played in eight PGAs, and has recorded two top-10 finishes, including a T3 in 2006. Last year at the Atlanta Athletic Club, he was T8. So he's been on the leaderboard, just at the wrong end.
Why he could win: Because he's got pretty much the smoothest putting stroke on the planet, and he's not too bad tee-to-green, either. He plays the kind of smart golf that keeps you in the less-fierce majors (sorry, PGA) and could pay off on a weekend that is expected to have weather come into play at some point.
Why he could fall short: Well, because the game of golf has never had a broader relative talent base than it does right now, and because "No. 1" doesn't really mean much anymore. You can't afford to make any mistakes in a major, and while Donald generally doesn't get himself into huge trouble, he tends to make those "they add up" errors that doom your chances.
Our take: Nope. This might be Donald's best chance of the year, but we still don't think it's his year. We're going with a bigger hitter. We expect Donald to be close, but again fall short. On the plus side, he's still got a few years before he's in Lee Westwood territory.
All right, you're up. Can Luke bring it home THIS major?
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