Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Can Hear the Ocean's Roar

Welcome to Kiawah Island, South Carolina for the 2012 PGA Championship.  I hope you modeled your wardrobe after Webb Simpson, otherwise you will not fit in.  The Ocean Course at Kiawah has never hosted a major tournament other than the Ryder Cup in 1991, so it will be interesting to see who excels at this new major championship stop.  As always, we will take a look at the course itself and then decide, always incorrectly, who has a good chance to bring home the hardware.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah was built in 1991 by Pete Dye and is truly a gem.  With its ocean views, waste bunkers and tall grass, you would be hard pressed to find another course on the PGA Tour that looks as visually stunning as Kiawah, .  Stretching over 7,600 yards for the PGA Championship, there are three par-fives upwards of 575 yards, and three par-fours at nearly 500 yards each.  It is tough to find an even lie on the course, and wind and bunkers can be treacherous.  The course also features a slope of 151, meaning that it is fairly impossible for the average golfer.  That said, the fairways are quite wide, so this might be the kind of course that favors a bomber and could be taken apart for a super low score. With all of this in mind, let us fancy a guess at who might take home the Wanamaker Trophy at "Glory's Last Shot."

Keegan Bradley- The pride of Holliston, Massachusetts won the Bridgestone Invitational last week after another Furyk collapse, but played well enough to win anyway.  He can also smash the ball off the tee, and is a clutch putter.  Did I mention that he is also the defending PGA Champ?

Dustin Johnson- Dusty is due for a major breakthrough, and Kiawah might be a good course for him.  He might want to brush up on the Heimlich just in case.

Louis Oosthuizen- The Donk's boy played well last week, has the nicest swing on the PGA, and can crush it.  If he can putt well this week, watch out for King Louis!

Fat Phil- I hate to say it, but he has a shot this week even though he has been playing terribly lately.  Wide fairways will help cradle his errant drives, and love handles. 

Bubbs- With few trees and plenty of fairway to work with, look for Bubba to get crazy on this course.  Could he win two majors this year?  Bring on the waterworks!

Rannulph Junuh- High five yourself if you understand this reference.  Or this post's title reference for that matter.  

Enjoy this interesting PGA Championship venue and let's hope for another great major finish!