This headline is a bit misleading, because, according to all the literature and reviews out about Kiawah Island, it is a very difficult course to shine on. With strong winds, over 7,600 yards in length and one of the toughest layouts in America, it will be a struggle to break par in the 2012 PGA Championship.
In order to succeed and shine on this course, a player must be long, a good ball striker that is able to keep the ball in play in strong winds and be able to withstand major championship pressure.
One thing that makes it difficult to gauge who will shine on this course is the upset factor. Keegan Bradley, Y.E. Yang, Shaun Micheel and Rich Beem were all winners in the last ten years who seemingly came out of nowhere.
Pair that with the fact that we’ve seen 16 different winners in the last 16 majors, and it makes the field more wide open than ever.
All that being said, there is a group of 10 golfers who should be considered favorites going into the event. They all have one thing in common: a proven ability to handle the pressure in big time events down the stretch.