Ten to Watch at the 90th PGA Championship

By Leonard Shapiro
Special to washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, August 6, 2008; 2:17 PM

1. Anthony Kim - He's got the game and the swagger, and if he can figure out Oakland Hills' treacherous greens, he's also got a fine chance to secure his first major title.

2. Phil Mickelson - He's been doing his usual due diligence in scouting out major venues. If he'd stop thinking so much and simply play up to the level of his staggering talent, he'll win his fourth major title.

3. Retief Goosen - The South African always seems to thrive on the toughest courses and the most difficult greens. On the so-called "Monster," perhaps he'll add a third major to his resume.

4. Jim Furyk - He also prefers the tougher-the-better approach and always seems to hang close to the lead in major events. This week should be no exception.

5. Padraig Harrington - The wee Irishman prevailed last month at Royal Birkdale in the harshest conditions imaginable and is clearly the best European hope in the field.

6. Lee Westwood - The Englishman played well last week at Firestone, finished a shot out of the U.S. Open playoff and seems close to a major championship breakthrough.

7. Sergio Garcia - It's been nine years since the Spaniard finished second to Woods at the '99 PGA Championship as a 19-year-old. He's still winless in majors, but played well on this venue to help Europe win the 2004 Ryder Cup.

8. Kenny Perry - He turns 48 on Sunday and has won three of his last seven starts. A win in his first major appearance of the season might quiet the critics who wondered how, in good conscience, he could skip the U.S. and British Opens.

9. Rocco Mediate - Surely the people's choice after his stirring performance at Torrey Pines. He loves golf courses where par is a good score, and Oakland Hills is not expected to yield very many low rounds.

10. Stuart Appleby - He shot 68 at Firestone on Sunday to sneak into second place. There's never been any doubt about the Australian's great talent, though he's often gone in the wrong direction after 54 holes in the majors. Maybe this week he'll get it right.

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