2012 PGA Championship: The Latest Money Lines on Golf's Top Stars

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2012 PGA Championship: The Latest Money Lines on Golf's Top Stars
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Is the smart money on The Open champion Ernie Els?

As the golf world get's ready for the 2012 PGA Championship this week at the famous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, there will be some interesting challenges.The reason is simple: it is located along the Atlantic Ocean.

Unlike a more traditional American course, this Pete Dye creation is truly affected by the wind. The course actually plays far more like a British Open layout than what fans are used to seeing in a PGA Championship.

It is that wind that really will play all kinds of havoc with how the money lines go as the wagering on the 2012 PGA Championship field begins to fall into place. In fact, how many of the members of the field did well at The Open Championship last month will no doubt play a big role in how they stack up as possible good bets to win at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The heat will also be another factor. Anyone who has ever been to South Carolina in August knows that heat, humidity and, of course, thundershowers will factor into the storyline of the 2012 PGA Championship.

OK, so it will take someone who can play the wind, won’t wilt under the heat and has the ability to handle the pressure of playing for the final major of 2012 to win come Sunday.

Well, the money line is out (via Bovada) and the top golfers in the world certainly have their backers. Let's take a look at who the smart money says will take home the 2012 PGA crown.         

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