The passing of the PGA Championship means we all have to wait until next April for the next major, when all eyes will turn toward the Masters.
While that means ending the year on a hot streak won't lead to a coveted major title, it will lead to a lucrative and prestigious close.
This is thanks in large part to the FedEx Cup—right around the corner—which offers up a massive $67 million over its four weeks. Next week's Wyndham Championship is the last PGA event the pros can use to get ready for the tour's playoff.
The way these next three guys are playing, they are going to be taking a big chunk of that massive payout.
As I'm sure you noticed, Jason Dufner had himself a solid PGA Championhsip. He claimed his first major title, and the way he was striking the ball at Oak Hill means has a great chance to add another victory to his resume before the year ends.
Dufner's win was his first of the year. It came after he picked up his first two PGA wins the previous year and looked poised to be a consistent factor on tour this year. He hasn't been.
It wasn't until he was fourth at the U.S. Open that he had a top-10 finish in a PGA start this year. However, it was that U.S. Open where Dufner began to find the golden stroke that led him to the PGA Championship title.
Dufner's amazing ball-striking and ability to go pin-hunting led him to a 67 in the final round at the U.S. Open and propelled him up the leaderboard.
While he missed the cut in his start following the U.S. Open, he put together a solid 26th at the British Open, a fourth at the WGC-Bridgestone and then claimed his maiden triumph in a major.
Dufner has his game rolling at an elite level, and he is ready to make a strong showing in the FedEx Cup.
Henrik Stenson is turning in a phenomenal stretch of golf. The 37-year-old came in third at the PGA Championship, second at the WGC-Bridgestone and second at the British Open.
Against the elite fields at those three events, that consistent excellence is outstanding; it was all the culmination of a player rediscovering the potential of his game.
It was back in 2009 when Stenson won the Players Championship and was a consistent factor in big events.
That didn't last long. Stenson struggled with injuries since, and his play suffered to the point that entering this year, the Swede was a forgotten man.
I think it's safe to say that he's announced himself as a factor again. Stenson has been solid all year, and something has really clicked the last two months. He's showing no signs of slowing down, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him win the FedEx Cup.
The steadiness of Matt Kuchar is remarkable. This year, he's made 19 PGA starts and hasn't missed the cut in any of them. In fact, in only seven of those did he finish outside of the top 25.
This isn't shocking. Kuchar has proven over the last three years that he is one of the most consistent players on tour, and he's also shown that he is still getting better.
This is the first year in which he's picked up multiple PGA wins.
That said, he isn't currently experiencing his best form of the year. He was 22nd at the PGA Championship and 27th at Bridgestone.
As we've learned from Kuchar, things aren't likely to get any worse than this. In fact, I expect them to get better.
Kuchar will thrive in this year's FedEx Cup.
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