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 the reigning PGA winner.
Current world ranking: 3
So far this year: After winning his first event of the season in Abu Dhabi, Kaymer has only finished inside the top 10 in three tournaments this season (one happened to be a runner-up finish at the Accenture Match Play). His major record has also been suspect; he missed the cut at the Masters, followed it up with a T-39 at the U.S. Open, but had a decent T-12 showing at the Open Championship. Simply put, 2011 has been a mixed bag for the former No. 1.
Record at the PGA Championship: His record at the event has been nothing short of incredible. Kaymer has only played the PGA on three occasions, but he's managed to make the cut in two of them, finishing T-6 in 2009, before winning the Wanamaker Trophy last year in a drama-filled final round at Whistling Straits. The German loves this major.
Why he could win: Because he's the defending champ, and you always have to give the guy holding the trophy a legitimate shot, even if their game isn't up to snuff. As mentioned in the previous blurb, he's had some success at the PGA Championship, and his game has been coming around of late. There's not much to Atlanta Athletic Club, and if Kaymer can hit fairways and find his putting stroke, there's a good chance we could see him become the first repeat PGA champion since Tiger Woods in 2006 and 2007.
Why he could fall short: This season has been unpredictable, so much so that a guy like Kaymer, who has a game that fits Atlanta Athletic Club's lengthy layout, isn't a shoe-in to win the major. Plus, unlike last year's run-up to the PGA where he was in top form in the majors, Kaymer has been a no-show through the first three. Who knows what kind of performance we'll see from him this week.
Our take: The defending champ has a game that apparently suits this tournament (just look at his record), but there are so many players that are on a different level at the moment, it almost makes you wonder if he'll be able to get in the mix. I love Kaymer at AAC, but I think he comes up short with a top-10 finish.
Your turn, folks. Can Martin Kaymer go back-to-back at the PGA Championship?