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PGA Championship 2012: Everything You Need to Know About This Year's Tournament

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 9, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 05:  Keegan Bradley celebrates with the Gary Player cup during the trophy presentation after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 5, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Here we are at the PGA Championship, and the final major of the year may be the most unpredictable of them all in 2012.

You have Tiger Woods seeking his 15th career major.

You have Rory McIlroy playing better.

You have reigning PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley coming on strong.

And you have a host of other competitors with a legitimate shot of hoisting the trophy, including some old-timers.

Here's an in-depth look at the 2012 PGA Championship.

When: August 9-12

Where: The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Watch: Thursday & Friday, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET, TNT; Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET, CBS

Live Streaming: PGA.com/PGAChampionship

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has played much better lately. 

That's the key thing.

He's made 11 of 14 cuts this season, including six top-10 finishes and three victories, and he most recently placed third at the British Open and eighth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

It's worth noting that the 14-time major champion scored a 68 and a 66 in the final two rounds at Firestone. 

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has been inconsistent this season, but he's played well his last two tournaments.

McIlroy finished fifth at the Bridgestone Invitational and he has six top-10 finishes and a victory on the year.

The 2011 U.S. Open champ has had all kinds of troubles this year, but his driving accuracy and greens in regulation percentage was much better at Firestone. 

Keegan Bradley

It's hard to see anyone winning two tournaments in a row in this day and age of golf, but Keegan Bradley has a very good shot.

Not only did Bradley rediscover his game with a victory at the Bridgestone Invitational, he's the reigning champ at the PGA Championship.

Despite a down year overall for Bradley, he's still a very good putter and he ranks second on the PGA Tour in birdies per round (via ESPN).

Bradley's driving accuracy—arguably his biggest weakness—was up at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Adam Scott

There are certain golfers who can have a ho-hum year overall, but will always be a danger in major championships.

Adam Scott is this kind of fellow.

Scott may be coming off a 45th-placed finish at Firestone, but he's placed eighth, 15th and second at the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open respectively this year.

Scott placed seventh in last year's PGA Championship.

Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner has seven top-10 finishes this year, including two victories, and he's coming off a seventh-place finish at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Dufner, who placed fourth at the U.S. Open this year, also finished second to Bradley in last year's PGA Championship.

Dufner can struggle with his putting at times, but he's an accurate driver and ranks sixth in greens in regulation this year, per PGATour.com

Webb Simpson

Don't forget about Webb Simpson.

The rising American and 2012 U.S. Open champion hasn't played since the Greenbrier Classic because of the birth of his second child, but he has risen up the world golf rankings in dramatic fashion the past two years.

He ranks first on tour in birdies per round this year, second in putting per hole and 19th in GIR, via ESPN.

Sleepers

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker finished second at the Bridgestone Invitational and he finished tied for 12th at the PGA Championship last year.

The 45-year-old still has it, with six top-10 finishes this year, and he ranks 11th in birdie average, 12th in scoring average and 18th in GIR, via PGATour.com.

Stricker has never won a major championship in his career, but he owns nine top-10 finishes in majors.

David Toms

David Toms just tied for eighth at the Bridgestone Invitational leading up to the PGA Championship and he finished tied for fourth at the PGA Championship last year.

Toms owns three top-10 finishes in the PGA Championship, including a victory in 1997. Before his eighth-place finish at Firestone, he placed fourth at the U.S. Open.

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell doesn't have a victory on the year, but he's looked good in majors.

McDowell finished 12th, second and fifth at the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open respectively this year, and his driving accuracy and putting always give him a chance at victory.

McDowell has struggled at the PGA Championship the past two years, but he did finish 10th in the tournament in 2009.

He also won the 2010 U.S. Open, so he's shown he has the ability to win a major championship.

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