British Open 2010 Results: Who Is the PGA Championship Favorite?
Louis Oosthuizen has just finished dominating the Open Championship at St. Andrew's. Oosthuizen shot -16 en route to winning by seven shots over Lee Westwood.
It was the second largest margin of victory since World War II.
With the British Open finished, golf fans now look ahead to the PGA Championship for this year's final major. The PGA Championship will be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Vijay Singh claimed victory at the PGA in 2004, the last time Whistling Straits hosted the tournament.
Whistling Straits is a par 72 and measures 7514 yards. It is a links-style, seaside course that has most of holes on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The PGA Championship will certainly challenge golfers in a far different way from St. Andrew's.
Here are the top five favorites to win the PGA Championship.
Woods struck the ball well at St. Andrew's, but he struggled on the greens, and he was never able to make a run up the leaderboard in the British Open.
Although Woods has not won a tournament in 2010, he has been in contention in most of the tournaments he has played in.
For once this year, the storyline for Tiger leading into the year's last major will not be about issues outside of the golf course. The main story should be about what putter he will be using.
After using the same putter for most of his career, Woods switched to a Nike putter for the first three rounds at St. Andrew's. Woods struggled to find any consistency with the new putter, and switched back to his old Scotty Cameron for the final round.
If Woods can find a solid rhythm on the greens at Whistling Straits, he stands a great chance of winning golf's last major.
Westwood has been knocking on the door of greatness this year. He finished second in The Masters and the British Open, but he is still trying to win his first major.
Westwood has simply gotten outplayed in the late stages of major championships. He shot a 71 in the final round of The Master's, and he shot a 70 to jump into second place at St. Andrew's. Both rounds were simply not good enough to get the job done.
Westwood also won the St. Jude's Classic earlier this summer.
The phrase "Glory's last shot" describes the PGA Championship for Westwood perfectly. If he can once again be in contention on the weekend at Whistling Straits, it will be interesting to see if he can finally get over the hump.
Many wondered how Dustin Johnson would react in a major championship following his disastrous final round in the U.S. Open.
Johnson performed admirably en route to a 14th place finish at the British Open. He finished -4 for the tournament despite collapsing on the final two holes by double bogeying the 17th hole and bogeying the final hole.
Johnson has four Top-10 finishes this year, and he won the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach earlier this year.
Johnson is ranked third on tour in average driving distance, and that will help him go low at Whistling Straits, which plays at 7514 yards.
When you win the Open Championship by seven shots, there is no reason why you should not be a favorite to win the PGA Championship.
Oosthuizen was ranked 54th in the world prior to his victory at St. Andrew's, so he did not just come out of nowhere.
He's won multiple times in South Africa, and he had one previous victory on the European Tour as well.
Oosthuizen simply had everything clicking at St. Andrew's this weekend, and the 27 year old will be looking to repeat that performance in Wisconsin.
It's no secret that Mickelson's game is not suited for the British Open. He has never finished higher than a tie for 11th, and he took home 48th place this year.
However, he remains the player to beat back in the states, and he should be considered the favorite to win at Whistling Straits.
The Master's champion has put together another stellar season of golf. Mickelson finished fourth at the U.S. Open, fifth at The Memorial, and second in the Quail Hollow Championship.
There is no good reason to believe that Mickelson will struggle in the PGA Championship. He won wire-to-wire in the 2005 championship, played at Baltustrol.
As always, accuracy will be key for Mickelson, and he should be in contention if he stays in the fairways at Whistling Straits.