5 Vital Keys to Success at the 2012 PGA Championship

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5 Vital Keys to Success at the 2012 PGA Championship
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Just over two decades after its creation, Kiawah Island's Ocean Course will play host to its first PGA Championship, and the course is expected to come out swinging.

The 7676-yard par-72 layout certainly overwhelms with length, but other factors make this one of the toughest courses in the United States.

One of those would be wind, which is a constant on a course that sits just off the Atlantic Ocean (hence the name). With the ball having to cut through a fierce gale, one can only imagine the difficulty of finding any one of these putting surfaces.

Another factor would be the myriad of dangers that confronts players. Off the fairways and greens, there isn't much rough, instead there are a whole lot of worse places where competitors won't desire to be. From there, scores can add up very quickly, and tournament hopes can be dashed.

Overall, don't expect this course to give away too many birdies. A U.S. Open mentality (where par is your friend) may actually serve players well at a venue where low scores should be virtually non-existent.

So how exactly should players maneuver their way around this cruel, treacherous layout?

Here's a start.

Five tips lay ahead detailing how the best in the world can conquer mighty Kiawah.

It's easier said than done, but if a player can execute all five of these keys, he'll likely be holding the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.

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