2014 PGA Championship Predictions: Last-Minute Picks and Projections

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2014 PGA Championship Predictions: Last-Minute Picks and Projections
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The beauty of Valhalla Golf Club cannot be overstated.

All you really need to know about lush Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, where the 2014 PGA Championship will be played, is that the layout was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Really, how much better does it get than that?

The 7,458-yard, par-71 layout favors players who can hit the ball a long way off the tee yet keep it in the fairway. That puts a number of the game's greatest players into the mix, including superstars such as British Open champion Rory McIlroy and Masters champ Bubba Watson as well as lesser-known players such as J.B. Holmes and Brooks Koepka, who are seeking their first major titles.

There is also Rickie Fowler, who is seeking that elusive first major. Kyle Porter of CBSSports.com offered this opinion of what winning the PGA would mean for Fowler: "If he wins Valhalla we can officially throw him in the 'best American golfer alive' conversation which seems crazy because he's only won one time on tour but that's what happens when you top-five three times in majors and win a PGA Championship."

Then there is the Tiger Woods sideshow. In a bizarre, circus-like event Wednesday afternoon, Woods arrived to play a practice round to test if his balky back could take it. After playing nine holes, he paused to tell the media, via the New York Daily News, that he intends to tee off as scheduled on Thursday at 8:35 a.m. with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

Read on to see how it all adds up to a very interesting PGA Championship, including Tiger and Phil's chances, a possible first-time winner and prediction of the favorite to win.

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