The PGA Championship starts tomorrow at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, and it promises to be to be an entertaining weekend of golf. The Hot-lanta weather and a difficult golf course, including four tough finishing holes starting with the the 260-yard par 3 15th, should make this a challenging examination of golf that will decide who will be the final major champion of 2011.
Nike Golf will be well represented at Atlanta Athletic Club this week, as there are eleven Nike Athletes in the field:
From these eleven athletes I’m picking five who I think have a chance of ending up with the Wanamaker in his trophy case, and here’s why:
A T5 at the Open Championship and a T14 at the Greenbriar show AK is ready to play. The final major of the year could be the place where AK breaks out for his next win and his first major.
The 2011 Masters Champion also finished 9th at the U.S. Open and 16th at the Open Championship. Charl has shown he’s ready to contend in major championships, and he’s gunning for his second of the year.
Lucas played well in the Open Championship, staying in the top 5 for the first three rounds (and leading after round 2) and finishing 12th on Sunday. A T23 at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational served as good warmup for this week, and I think he’ll contend this weekend in Atlanta.
A T9 at the Open Championship, a win at the Irish Open and a T33 last week at Firestone shows Simon is playing well coming into Atlanta. You know he has his eye on winning his first major championship, and this could be the week.
Tiger is striking the ball well and his putter has shown signs of life, but with only one tournament under his belt after a four-month layoff, Tiger could be seen as a long shot to win this weekend. However, with four PGA Championship victories on his resumé, you can’t count him out.
It’s sure to be an interesting four days of golf at Atlanta Athletic Club this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Nike Athletes handle the heat — from the weather, the golf course and their fellow competitors. Good luck to all of the Nike Athletes in the field of this week’s PGA Championship!
So who do you think will be hoisting the Wanamaker trophy on Sunday afternoon?