Golf Rankings for PGA Championship
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #9
After finishing solo second at Colonial and winning the following week in the Memorial, Kuchar has remained solid. He placed T28 in the U.S. Open, T15 in the British and T2 in the Canadian. Last week he added another top-30 at Firestone. Kuchar is currently fifth in scoring average.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Over the last three years Stricker has finished T7, T12 and T18 in the PGA Championship. He heads to Oak Hill with three consecutive finishes inside the top 15, including a T8 at the U.S. Open.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
Donald played Oak Hill back in 2003 and left with a T23. He recently missed the cut at both the British Open and RBC Canadian Open, but rebounded last week at Firestone with a T9 showing. Donald is good for sixth in strokes gained-putting and 10th in scoring average.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
After a T5 in the 2010 PGA Championship, Dufner added a solo second in 2011 and a T27 last year. The Duff Man finished T4 in the U.S. Open and is coming off a T4 last week at Firestone.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #7
Johnson is on a serious roll. Over his last three starts he has finished T2 at the John Deere Classic, T6 in the British Open and T4 last week at Firestone. Z.J. recorded a T10 in the 2009 PGA Championship and added a T3 the following year, but hasn’t looked as good the last two seasons.
Hideki Matsuyama [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #21
The phenom from Japan is a first timer in the PGA Championship, but has been looking just fine all year when facing the PGA pros. He punched a T10 at the U.S. Open and a T6 in the British Open. In his last two starts, Matsuyama has finished T16 at the Canadian and T21 last week at Firestone.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #32
Over his last six starts Haas has been very sharp, just not in majors. He finished T4 at the Memorial, won at Congressional and finished inside the top 10 at the Greenbrier and last week at Firestone. However, he missed the cut at both the U.S. Open and British Open. Haas is now 15th in All-Around Ranking.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #35
Since a T4 in the U.S. Open and winning the BMW International Open on the European Tour, Els has cooled down a bit. He managed a T26 in the British and a T21 in the Canadian, but only recorded a T48 last week at Firestone. Els pulled a T5 at Oak Hill back in 2003.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #15
McDowell finished T11 in last year’s PGA Championship and owns three top-15s over the last five years in the event. He claimed victory in the French Open, but has struggled in his last three starts. McD has been a feast or famine player all season, so he can never truly be ruled out.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10
Day finished a season-high T2 at the U.S. Open, but has fallen outside of the top 20 in three consecutive starts. Last week at Firestone he only managed a T53. A strained hand suffered back in June could be to blame.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #14
Poulter recorded a T3 in last year’s PGA Championship and finished T61 at Oak Hill back in 2003. He recently finished T3 in the British Open and T19 last week at Firestone.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #8
Garcia has finished 40th or worse in two of his last three starts. He played Oak Hill in 2003 and missed the cut. Despite the recent struggles, Sergio is first in strokes gained-putting and sixth in scoring average.