Top Contenders at the 90th PGA Championship

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Web Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2008; 5:57 p.m.
PHIL MICKELSON
Age: 38
World ranking: 2
Worldwide victories: 35
Majors: Masters (2004, 2006), PGA Championship (2005)
2008 Majors: Masters-T5, US Open-T18, British Open-T19
PGA highlight: His tee shot on the 18th hole at Baltusrol, setting up birdie for a one-shot victory in 2005.
PGA lowlight: Watching David Toms make a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole at Atlanta Athletic Club to beat him by one in 2001.
The buzz: He has finished a combined 24 shots out of the lead in the first three majors.

ANTHONY KIM
Age: 23
World ranking: 13
Worldwide victories: 2
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-T26, British Open-T7
PGA highlight: Playing his first PGA Championship in Oklahoma, where he went to college.
PGA lowlight: Failing to break par in any of the four rounds in his PGA Championship debut.
The buzz: Most promising player under 25 since Sergio Garcia.

JIM FURYK
Age: 38
World ranking: 11
Worldwide victories: 16
Majors: U.S. Open (2003)
2008 Majors: Masters-T33, US Open-T36, British Open-T5
PGA highlight: Opening with a 68 to share the first-round lead at Hazeltine in 2002.
PGA lowlight: Going the last five years without a top 10.
The buzz: Except for injury-plagued 2004, this is the longest he has gone without winning since 1999.

KENNY PERRY
Age: 47
World ranking: 16
Worldwide victories: 12
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-DNP, British Open-DNP
PGA highlight: Getting into a playoff before home crowd at Valhalla in 1996.
PGA lowlight: Watching the final 30 minutes in the broadcast tower before starting his playoff in 1996.
The buzz: Only player in the top 50 to have not played a major this year.

DAVIS LOVE III
Age: 44
World ranking: 147
Worldwide victories: 20
Majors: PGA Championship (1997)
2008 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-T53, British Open-T19
PGA highlight: The rainbow after his winning putt at Winged Foot in 1997.
PGA lowlight: Tied for the 54-hole lead at Baltusrol in 2005 and closing with 74.
The buzz: Coming off ankle surgery, has been making slow, steady improvement.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON
Age: 36
Country: Ireland
World ranking: 3
Worldwide victories: 20
Majors: British Open (2007, 2008)
2008 Majors: Masters-T5, US Open-T36, British Open-1
PGA highlight: Being introduced as the British Open champion for the first time at Southern Hills in 2007.
PGA lowlight: Failing to crack the top 15 in nine starts.
The buzz: Went 4-1 at Oakland Hills in the Ryder Cup.

ROBERT KARLSSON
Age: 38
Country: Sweden
World ranking: 22
Worldwide victories: 7
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-T8, US Open-T4, British Open-T7
PGA highlight: Shooting 69 in the third round at Medinah in 2006, his only sub-70 round in this major.
PGA lowlight: Tying for 41st at Medinah in 1999 during his push to make the Ryder Cup team. European captain Mark James passed him over for Andrew Coltart.
The buzz: The only player this year to finish in the top 10 at all three majors.

SERGIO GARCIA
Age: 28
Country: Spain
World ranking: 6
Worldwide victories: 17
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-MC, US Open-T18, British Open-T51
PGA highlight: As a 19-year-old, making Tiger Woods sweat at Medinah in 1999 and finishing one shot behind.
PGA lowlight: Signing for the wrong score at Southern Hills in 2007 and getting disqualified.
The buzz: Could be a long offseason if he ends yet another year without a major.

HENRIK STENSON
Age: 32
Country: Sweden
World ranking: 10
Worldwide victories: 6
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-T17, US Open-MC, British Open-T3
PGA highlight: Tied for the lead going into the weekend at Medinah in 2006.
PGA lowlight: Failing to break par on the weekend at Medinah in 2006 and finishing out of the top 10.


IAN POULTER
Age: 32
Country: England
World ranking: 23
Worldwide victories: 8
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-T25, US Open-WD, British Open-2
PGA highlight: Making the cut five years in a row.
PGA lowlight: Not breaking 70 until his fourth start in the PGA Championship.
The buzz: Played in his only Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills and won his singles match against Chris Riley.

VIJAY SINGH
Age: 45
Country: Fiji
World ranking: 15
Worldwide victories: 53
Majors: Masters (2000), PGA Championship (1998, 2004)
2008 Majors: Masters-T14, US Open-T65, British Open-MC
PGA highlight: Winning in 2004 without making a birdie in the final round of regulation.
PGA lowlight: Missing the cut five times, the most for him in any of the majors.
The buzz: His only victory in the last 18 months was in South Korea.

K.J. CHOI
Age: 37

Country: South Korea
World ranking: 12
Worldwide victories: 13
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-41, US Open-MC, British Open-T16
PGA highlight: Opening with a 66 in his PGA Championship debut in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
PGA lowlight: Shooting 80 in the third round at Oak Hill in 2003, one of only two times in the majors he failed to break 80.
The buzz: The best Asian player to have never won a major.

GEOFF OGILVY
Age: 31
Country: Australia
World ranking: 8
Worldwide victories: 4
Majors: U.S. Open (2006)
2008 Majors: Masters-T39, US Open-T9, British Open-MC
PGA highlight: Playing first two rounds with Tiger Woods at Medinah in 2006 and matching his score both days.
PGA lowlight: Finishing nine shots behind Woods at Medinah.
The buzz: Already won a World Golf Championship this year, just like he did in 2006 before winning the U.S. Open.

ADAM SCOTT
Age: 27
Country: Australia
World ranking: 4 Worldwide victories: 15
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-T25, US Open-T26, British Open-T16
PGA highlight: Closing with a 67 to tie for third in 2006 at Medinah.
PGA lowlight: Breaking par only once in the final round of a PGA Championship.
The buzz: Best player to never seriously contend in a major.

RYUJI IMADA
Age: 31
Country: Japan
World ranking: 55
Worldwide victories: 1
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-T18, British Open-MC
PGA highlight: Qualifying for his first PGA Championship in 2007.
PGA lowlight: Opening with a 78 in his PGA debut at Southern Hills.
The buzz: Breakout year has him in top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

ERNIE ELS
Age: 38
Country: South Africa
World ranking: 5
Worldwide victories: 60
Majors: U.S. Open (1994, 1997), British Open (2002).
2008 Majors: Masters-MC, US Open-T14, British Open-T7.
PGA highlight: Taking the 54-hole lead at Riviera in 1995.
PGA lowlight: Three-putting from 100 feet for bogey on the 18th hole at Whistling Straits in 2004 to miss playoff by one shot.
The buzz: Might be the last chance to win a major without Tiger Woods in the field.

STEPHEN AMES
Age: 44
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
World ranking: 25
Worldwide victories: 5
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-T25, US Open-T58, British Open-T7
PGA highlight: Playing in the last group at Southern Hills in 2007 with Tiger Woods.
PGA lowlight: Hitting opening tee shot in final round in 2007 into the fourth fairway and shooting 76 to finish out of the top 10.
The buzz: Trying to become the first major champion from Trinidad or Tobago.

ANGEL CABRERA
Age: 38
Country: Argentina
World ranking: 28
Worldwide victories: 18
Majors: U.S. Open (2007)
2008 Majors: Masters-T25, US Open-MC, British Open-MC
PGA highlight: Consecutive sub-par rounds in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
PGA lowlight: Making 10 on the 6th hole at Southern Hills in 2007 on his way to an 81.
The buzz: Has missed the cut in his last three PGA Championships.

TREVOR IMMELMAN
Age: 28
Country: South Africa
World ranking: 17
Worldwide victories: 9
Majors: Masters (2008)
2008 Majors: Masters-1, US Open-T65, British Open-T19
PGA highlight: Matching the best weekend at Southern Hills last year with rounds of 66-69.
PGA lowlight: Failing to break par at Oak Hill in 2003, the only PGA Championship he has done that.
The buzz: Another chance to follow idol Gary Player, who won the '72 PGA at Oakland Hills.

TIM CLARK
Age: 32
Country: South Africa
World ranking: 37
Worldwide victories: 5
Majors: None
2008 Majors: Masters-MC, US Open-T48, British Open-MC
PGA highlight: Finishing 3rd at Oak Hill in 2003.
PGA lowlight: Opening with an 82 last year at Southern Hills, his only round in the 80s in the PGA Championship.
The buzz: Might be the best PGA Tour member to have never won on the PGA Tour.

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