Expert Picks for PGA Championship
Andres Romero [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #154
Over his last five events, Romero has missed just one cut with three finishes of sixth or better. This will be the first start in a major since the 2009 season for the native of Argentina, but he's playing well enough to be considered a deep sleeper. Romero ranks 15th in birdie average and 14th in All-Around Ranking.
Retief Goosen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #122
After withdrawing due to injury in the second round of The Open Championship, Goosen missed the cut in his next start at The Greenbrier Classic. Last week at Firestone, the South African began to rediscover his form by finishing with a respectable T23. It hasn't been a very noteworthy season for Goosen thus far, but he’s far too talented to keep struggling like this when healthy.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #92
In the 2001 PGA Championship, Choi was in fifth entering the weekend at Atlanta Athletic Club only to finish T29. Fast forward to this season, Choi won the THE PLAYERS Championship and finished as the runner-up three starts ago in the AT&T National. While he’s struggled a bit since, the South Korean warrants some attention in deeper formats.
Ryo Ishikawa [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #78
Known as the "Bashful Prince" in his homeland on Japan, Ishikawa has not been embarrassed on the golf course recently. He finished T20 at the Masters, T30 at The Open Championship and T4 last week at Firestone. The 19-year-old phenom is coming off his best Tour finish and may have more surprises in store.
After finishing T9 at The Open Championship, Dyson won the Irish Open on the European Tour before heading to the states to finish T33 last week at Firestone. While he doesn’t compete stateside regularly, Dyson finished T12 in last year’s PGA Championship and T6 back in 2007. The Brit can certainly hang with the best of them.
Prior to missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic, Love had finished 12th or better in three straight starts, including the two most recent majors. In addition, he finished T12 back in May at THE PLAYERS Championship. Love is a grizzled veteran and, while not the safest play, has shown he can capture lighting in a bottle while facing a tough field.
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