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The PGA Championship Preview

By: John Galletley

All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy as he make his return to the golf course for the first time since his injury playing soccer but his eyes better be on Jordan Spieth has he looks to win and surpass McIlroy as the world's No. 1 golfer.

All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy as he make his return to the golf course for the first time since his injury playing soccer but his eyes better be on Jordan Spieth has he looks to win and surpass McIlroy as the world’s No. 1 golfer.

The dog days of August — it is the last time of year kids get to enjoy freedom, it is the roughest part of a baseball season, and it is the last golf major of the year. This year, the PGA Championship returns to Whistling Straits, and it just may be the most wide open field in recent memory.

One of the top storylines going into this tournament is the health of Rory McIlroy. Just before the British Open, he broke his ankle in a freak accident playing soccer. It was an unfortunate injury that has kept him out of golf for the last seven weeks. Some people even thought that he might be kept out of the PGA Championship too. But, he is back and the No. 1 golfer in the world will have every possible eye on him to see if his injury has affected him.

Of course, Jordan Spieth will be a golfer who has a lot of attention on him. In the beginning of this season, he was going for history by winning the first two majors. He may not have won the British Open, but he came in fourth place. Spieth is also the leader in the FedExCup standings, so it is hard to imagine him not being in the mix for the PGA Championship.

There are a couple of players with past success that are looking for redemption. One player is Martin Kaymer, who won the PGA Championship last time it was played at Whistling Straits. Unfortunately, Kaymer has not had the best 2015 season. He missed the cut in both the Masters and US Open, and the best position he has finished this season is 44th at the Honda Classic. Still as the last major winner on this course, you cannot count him out.

There is also Bubba Watson, who is in second place in the FedExCup standings. This may look like a successful season, but he has struggled in the majors, having missed the cut in both the US Open and the British Open. Watson is hoping that the third time’s the charm in this major and that he will top his 38th place finish in the Masters this year.

If there is one golfer coming in the PGA Championship on the right side of momentum, it is Jason Day. He has done remarkably well in his last four tournaments, coming in ninth at the US Open, fourth at the British Open, winning the RBC Canadian Open, and coming in 12th at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Day is a fan favorite looking for redemption and the taste of a major victory.

Then you have the guys that come out of nowhere and win majors like Zach Johnson. As the winner of the British Open, he had a very good streak of tournaments before that by coming in sixth at the Travelers Championship and tying for third in the John Deere Classic. With his streak to get back into relevancy, expect him to be a factor in the PGA Championship.

Of course, there are several other guys that can make an impact. Think of Dustin Johnson, who is sixth in the FedExCup standings and has flirted with winning majors several times in the past. There is also Rickie Fowler, who won the PLAYERS Championship earlier this year and has done well in his last four tournaments. You also cannot forget Phil Mickelson, who will always be a factor no matter how he has done recently. Sergio Garcia will continue to be viewed under the microscope as the best golfer without a Major title.

As always, the tournament winner could very well end up being somebody that was not even discussed in this article. Johnson was never even mentioned as a contender for the British Open but came away with the victory. But, that is what makes golf exciting and what makes majors in particular a must-watch.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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