PGA Championship 2012: Power Ranking Golf's Biggest Stars After Final Major

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 12:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland sits with the Wanamaker Trophy in a press conference after winning the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 12, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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With Rory McIlroy (-13) winning the 2012 PGA Championship by eight shots over David Lynn (-5), everyone wants to know where the biggest names in the sport fall on the power rankings scale now.

All of the major tournaments are out of the way, and the focus has shifted to next season and which stars will be expected to do great things.

With a tumultuous 2012, next season should be even wilder.

The following golf sensations had stellar seasons, but they will be looking to take that next step in 2013. This is how they stack up after the final major of 2012.


No. 3: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was all but written off as a non-factor for 2012 when the year started, but three wins on the tour and stellar performances in the British Open and PGA Championship have the star far from dead.

Woods huge wins at The AT&T National, The Memorial and the Arnold Palmer Invitational proved that he can still win some of the biggest tournaments of the year; he just didn’t win any of the four biggest.

Tiger will continue to find his classic stroke and swagger, and he will return to major championship glory in 2013 if he builds off what he did this year.


No. 2: Bubba Watson

While Bubba Watson didn’t have three PGA wins this year like Tiger, his one win was more important than all three of Woods’. Watson’s 2012 Masters win was just the crowning jewel on a breakout season for the veteran.

With five top-five and 13 top-25 finishes in just 15 starts, it was Watson’s consistency coupled with the Masters win that put him just slightly ahead of Woods on the power ranking scale. The place is well deserved, though.

After struggling early in his career under the brightest lights, Watson proved he has the mental fortitude to handle his business in the toughest tournaments on tour. Let’s see if he can build off that momentum in 2013.


No. 1: Rory McIlroy

There is no doubt that Rory McIlroy is red hot right now, but the decision to put him as the No. 1 golfer was tough because of just how inconsistently he played over 2012.

McIlroy’s huge win at the PGA Championship this weekend shook the major monkey off his back for the time being; especially after playing like garbage in the Masters, the British Open and U.S. Open.

The young Irish golfer is the definition of feast-or-famine when it comes to final scores, finishing seven of his 13 tournaments top-10 and completely going off track in the other six events. If McIlroy isn’t right on, he is way off.

Lucky for him, he was right on for the PGA Championship.


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