Who is going to win PGA Championship?

Dart hits McIlroy

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

Got some darts? Might as well be throwing them to pick a winner in the PGA Championship. With his victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend, Adam Scott became the 10th different winner in the last 10 PGA events.

And with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods winless in that span, there's zero reason to trust their game over 72 holes.

So, the envelope please: Rory McIlroy. He likes the weather hot and sticky, and that's just how it's going to be in Georgia this week. He's been the most consistent golfer on the tour in a very inconsistent season. The conditions should be firm and fast at Johns Creek, meaning McIlroy will win the race to the top.


It won't be Tiger

Diane Pucin

Los Angeles Times

It would probably be best if Adam Scott/Steve Williams didn't win this weekend. The sport couldn't take another round of post-tournament chatter.

Tiger Woods isn't going to win. Not after labelinghis season a success because his knee doesn't hurt. Now he just needs a pain-free knee to be happy? No majors, no chipping away at the Nicklaus record? Wow.

So let's go against the grain a bit and give tennis a little love by picking Rory McIlroy to cap off a brilliant, pain-free summer with another major.

The tennis part? He apparently is dating top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.


Rory's made for America

Mark Wogenrich

The Morning Call

Following the British Open, Rory McIlroy said some intemperate things about the tournament conditions, wind and weather, all of which are unique to links-style golf. It became fairly clear that, his Northern Ireland roots aside, McIlroy isn't keen on the style of that game. He likes warm weather, soft greens and courses where he can let loose his high ball flight.

In other words, McIlroy is young, rich and on his way to America. Having won the U.S. Open in June and with plans to play on the PGA Tour in 2012, McIlroy will set up his return with a win in Atlanta.

Then he'll sign an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola.


Fowler looks the part

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

I'm all in with Rickie Fowler. I dig the all-orange outfits, the floppy hair and the oversized hats. I even can tolerate his shirtless get-up and flat singing in the "Golf Boys" video.

Most important, I like that he closed with a 66 last week at Firestone and that he finished with four birdies in his Ryder Cup match against Edoardo Molinari.

Fowler already is starting to get flak from impatient fans and media members for never having won on the PGA Tour. Easy now. The California kid is 22 and already ranked among the world's top 30 players.

He's hardly the straightest driver — he's in Phil Mickelson territory by hitting just 55.9 percent of fairways — but I still like him to break through at the PGA Championship.


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