With the 2011 PGA Championship taking place during the next four days at the Highlands Course in Georgia, many golf fans will wait and see if an American can win the Wanamaker replica trophy on home soil and grass. Of course Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson will be part of the discussion this week.
However, most eyes will be focused on Rory McIlroy, among several other Europeans. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has produced outstanding results this year, including a major win at the U.S. Open by an eight-stroke margin.
He has received perhaps an overload of accolades that may prove to add pressure to the mental aspect of his game on the course. Nevertheless, people are handing out compliment after compliment for a reason, and he has one of the best chances to win this PGA event with his sound golf swing and talent.
Here are the top five Europeans besides Rory that could potentially win the major.