PGA Championship: Preview

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As we come to the end of what has been both an unpredictable and exciting year of golf, we arrive at the ever-anticipated PGA Championship.

This year's tournament, which will play out in New York between August 8-11, promises to be every bit as intense as the other majors have been, and the fact that it is the last major of the season makes it all the more special, as players give it their all for one shot at one of golf's most coveted prizes.

With last year's winner Rory McIlroy struggling to find form, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson all competing for a second major of the season, and Tiger Woods not having won a major since 2008, this year's PGA has all the makings of a great. 

Though Woods has rightfully been made favourite to win the competition off the back of a sensational season, there are a number of players who will be eager to cause upsets in what should be a hotly contested tournament.

British pros Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke will be vying for a strong finish to the season, with North Irishman Clarke looking to add to his major win from 2011, and Westwood - the former world number one - claiming his straight drives will give him a 'significant advantage.' 

Luke Donald, who was ranked as the number one golfer in the world as recently as last year, has yet to add a major to his trophy cabinet, and will be eager to end his year on a high. 

Amongst others, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and Brandon Grace are also touted as potential winners. Grace will be looking to avenge his play-off loss to Phil Mickelson in the Scottish Open, whilst Scwartzel will undoubtedly be in the mix as he seeks to win his second major, the first one coming in 2011.

The tournament will be a chance for many of it's participants to make big statements, particularly the likes of McIlroy and Woods, who could both do with winning a major for different reasons. 


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