Here are my top-5 players to be on the lookout for come the start of the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive tomorrow:
5. Jason Day:
The 2015 PGA Championship winner, is coming off of a solid performance at Firestone last week despite a tough back-9 during his final round. Day has 5 straight top-15's in this championship, along with a T12, T17, & T10 in his last three starts. With Bellerive catering to players who can stripe their driver, look for Day's length, along with his short game, to come out strong.
4. Justin Rose:
Although he did not play in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational due to a sore back, one of the TOUR's most consistent players is putting together one of his best seasons. He had a T2 finish at The Open at Carnoustie, as well as 8 top-10's in 13 starts this season. He has two wins this season and is looking to capture his third.
3. Dustin Johnson:
The world #1 has 5 top-15's in 8 starts at the PGA Championship, and is coming off a back-door T3 finish at Firestone along with a win at the RBC Canadian Open the previous week. DJ also has a solo third finish in 5 starts at the U.S. Open. Although dealing with recent major struggles, look for Johnson to take dead aim this week with the FedExCup playoffs approaching.
2. Tommy Fleetwood:
Tommy boy has been a man in love with the spotlight. Whenever majors come around, Fleetwood always seems to be at his best. This season, he has finished T17, 2, & T12 in the majors played. He adds a T6 performance at Glen Abbey and a T14 at Firestone last week, so his game is certainly up to par. He also is tenth in strokes gained: tee to green.
1. Justin Thomas:
Tough to not put JT here after his performance last week at Firestone, as well as the defending PGA champ. His win pulled him within 150 points of FedExCup points leader Dustin Johnson, as he looks to defend his FedExCup title in the coming weeks. Coming off of his third win of the season, where he was third in total driving, T2 in greens hit, and first in proximity.