PGA Championship Odds 2014: Handicapping the Field at Valhalla

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PGA Championship Odds 2014: Handicapping the Field at Valhalla
Eric Gay/Associated Press

It’s the least celebrated of golf’s quartet of majors.

Where the Masters has exclusive scenery, the U.S. Open has diabolical challenge and the British Open has tradition dating back to the game’s infancy, the PGA Championship is, well…the other one.

But that doesn’t mean folks won’t be paying attention this time around.

Whether it’s watching to see if an again-hobbled Tiger Woods makes an appearance or if a streaking Rory McIlroy seizes the sport by the throat the way Woods did more than a decade ago, there are plenty of reasons to take notice when the scenes shift at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

It’s the third time Valhalla has hosted the PGA—following the 1996 event won by Mark Brooks and the 2000 edition captured by Woods—and the first since a major course renovation that took place after Tom Watson won the Senior PGA Championship there three years ago.

Here are some things to keep an eye on as the 2014 championship unfolds: things like pretenders, contenders and even some players who might come from nowhere to be major factors.

That's just in case you find yourself in a wagering state of mind when play gets going Thursday.

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