The 2012 PGA Championship begins play on Thursday morning, and every top golfer in the world will be at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina to compete for the $8 million purse and a shot at glory.
Fortunately for fans and gamblers, there is still plenty of money to be made in the final major of the season. Those who were not fortunate enough to be invited to play in the tournament can wager on who will win and get some big payouts for their trouble.
Let’s take a look at some of the golfers in field that are certainly worth taking calculated risks on.
*Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv
Woods has been one of the most polarizing athletes in all of sports over the past few years, and his 2012 season has been one of the most confusing. He’s dominated at some tournaments, but he has faltered terribly after the cut in majors and has not been able to capture his elusive 15th.
The 36-year-old has extra incentive to win this weekend, as—according to ESPN’s Justin Ray—he could potentially regain his former title as the world’s No. 1 golfer.
Tiger is never one to shy away from the spotlight, so look for the all-time great to try his hardest to regain his throne.
Last year’s winner will be looking to repeat in 2012 and is riding a wave of momentum from a surprise victory at Firestone.
Bradley has never been a name-brand star, but he’s sneaky good and has proven his mettle at the PGA Championship.
Don’t sleep on the 26-year-old, as he could once again find magic this weekend.
Lefty is having a tough year after a swell, T-3 performance at the Masters. He finished T-65 at the U.S. Open and was cut from the British Open. Now he has one last chance to redeem himself and try to capture a major at the age of 42.
If he can come through in South Carolina, Mickelson’s 2012 campaign will go from mediocre to great.