Golf Rankings for PGA Championship
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina is hosting the PGA Championship for the first time, so nearly all players in the field are playing this course (considered one of the most difficult in America) for the first time.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Last week’s T8 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational gives Woods four finishes inside the top 10 over his last six starts, including two wins and a third-place result. Tiger ranks first in scoring average, fourth in ball striking, 13th in greens in regulation percentage, fourth in total driving and ninth in All-Around ranking.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #3
Over his last eight worldwide events Donald has five finishes inside the top 10 and only one outside of the top 20, a surprising missed cut in the U.S. Open. Donald ranks fourth in strokes gained – putting, 11th in scoring average and 15th in All-Around Ranking.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
After poor showings in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, McIlroy bounced right back in his next Tour outing, a T5 in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. If McIlroy stays on track expect him to challenge for another top-five finish; he finished T3 in the PGA Championship in 2009 and 2010.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #18
In the last two PGA Championships, Dufner has finished solo second and T5. He’s also been a house of fire this season, highlighted by two wins and five finishes of seventh or better over his last seven starts. Dufner ranks third in birdie average, fifth in scoring average, sixth in greens in regulation percentage, fifth in total driving and second in All-Around Ranking.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
In addition to making 24 straight cuts, the longest active streak on Tour, Kuchar has finished inside the top 10 in three of his last four starts. Kuchar is second in scoring average, 15th in birdie average and eighth in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #11
Since scoring at T10 in the U.S. Open, Westwood has yet to finish better than 40th over his last three worldwide starts. However, he is still an elite talent with two international wins and seven top-fives in 17 starts this season. Westwood ranks fourth in greens in regulation percentage, seventh in ball striking and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
Following a solo third at Congressional and a solo second in The Open Championship, Scott finished a disappointing T45 last week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Australian is still good for 14th in driving distance and seventh in scoring average.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #6
Even though Oosthuizen has never played well in this event, he’s coming off a solo fourth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- his first top-five since recording three straight top-three worldwide finishes a few months ago. On just the PGA Tour, he ranks 17th in scoring average.
The Ocean Course will play at 7,676 yards, the longest course to ever host a major. That could play well for Johnson, who’s among the top players in driving distance each season. DJ currently sits 13th in scoring average, finishing T9 and T19 in his last two starts.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Rose is coming off a T5 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his first top-five since winning at Doral back in March. In between he’s only missed one cut with six finishes inside the top 30 in eight starts. Rose ranks second in greens in regulation percentage, sixth in scoring average, fifth in ball striking, 17th in total driving and fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
After winning the John Deere Classic, Johnson finished T9 in The Open Championship, but struggled in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. A slump seems unlikely, however. He’s already won twice in 2012 and has been playing well for much of the season. ZJ is second in strokes gained – putting, seventh in birdie average, ninth in scoring average and fifth in All-Around Ranking.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #14
The timing couldn’t be better for Bradley. He ended a recent cold spell with a win in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and happens to be defending champ of this event, albeit on a different course. Bradley ranks second in birdie average, 15th in strokes gained – putting, 16th in scoring average, 10th in total driving and first in All-Around Ranking.