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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
Dominant tee to green. Best birdie conversion rate on Tour. Four PGA Championship top 10s -- T5 his best. Oddly has only broken 70 once in the opening round and once in the second round.
2 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 1
Withdrew from Firestone with back spasms. Five missed cuts in long PGA Championship career. Has been over par in rounds 24 times; under par 19 times. Ten-under on the weekend at Carnoustie after nearly missing the cut -- T2. Top 20 or better in every statistical category on Tour.
3 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▼ 1
Blistered Bellerive on Media Day, featuring an eagle two at the par 4 18th. Only his fourth PGA Championship. MC at Carnoustie with a second day 77. Only one top 10 since March.
4 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▲ 5
A win completes the career slam. Looked like the old Jordan for three days at the Open. Runner-up to Jason Day in 2015. Draws the ball on a right-to-left course.
5 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 1
MC at Quail Hollow a year ago. Three-time winner in 2018. Back-to-back MCs at the Open and Canadian Open. Perfect course for a long lefthander with a fade.
6 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods -
▲ 5
Between Firestone and PGA Championship, Tiger has 12 tournament wins. All four PGA wins came in the Midwest. Ranks 59th in final-round scoring; 118th in back-nine scoring.
7 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 3
For wins in 2012 and 2014, he topped the field in driving distance. Putts brilliantly on the weekend; putts poorly on weekdays. Rarely makes a putt outside 15 feet -- 20 total on the year.
8 Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka -
▼ 3
Top 15 in four of five PGA Championship starts. Exactly half of his tournament rounds in the 60s. Tour stats don’t reflect a back-to-back U.S. Open Champion.
9 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 3
Loves courses where he can draw the ball. Last three PGA starts -- 1, 2, and T9. Leads the Tour in putting; near the bottom is accuracy with his irons. Since the Masters, only seven starts in stroke-play events.
10 Tommy Fleetwood Tommy Fleetwood -
▲ 6
Since the Players only one U.S. start out of the top 10. T12 at Carnoustie. Sneaky long. Two PGA MCs and T61 at Quail Hollow a year ago. Weak starter but great finisher -- T11 in fourth-round scoring.
11 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 1
Second PGA start -- T58 at Quail Hollow. Tenth major entry -- three MCs and fourth at the Masters. Two top 5s in Europe this summer. Relies heavily on the driver to set up the rest of his game. Still needs to learn how to erase approach mistakes around the green.
12 Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele -
▼ 12
Last three top 10s -- Players T2, U.S. Open T6, Open T2 -- says all you need to know about X’s ability to handle tough courses. Only his second PGA – MC at Quail Hollow. Still learning to use his short game to erase mistakes.
13 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▲ 2
T5 at Quail Hollow a year ago. No wins since Honda a year ago. Once considered an elite putter, he has dropped off in 2018. Does avoid three putts, important on Bellerive’s massive greens.
14 Francesco Molinari Francesco Molinari -
▲ 10
Last Open winner to add the PGA in the same year Padrick Harrington. Already his 11th PGA appearance. Three wins and two runners-up in 2018. Will find fairways and greens in St. Louis. Expected moderate green speeds at Bellerive should give Carnoustie forgiveness with the putter.
15 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 8
Four career top 10s in the PGA Championship. Has never really putted well in 11 previous starts. T5 at the Masters, T6 at the U.S. Open. Elbow concerns may explain T35 at the Open.
16 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 8
Runner-up at Quail Hollow in 2017. Since his Masters win three top 10s, including fourth at Shinnecock. Rebounded from disappointing Open to post a T9 in Germany.
17 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley -
▼ 17
Appears to have put putting woes (193rd) out of his mind from tee to green. Five eagles at the Canadian; only two par 5s at Bellerive. Former PGA Champion. Good lag putter but makes nothing from any distance.
18 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 1
Like Bubba, will love all the doglegs to the left. Driver has hurt him in 2018. Best putting year in a while on Tour. Since the win in Mexico, he has added only one top 10 -- T5 at Wells Fargo. Winner in 2005 at Baltusrol. Last year’s MC was the first since 1995.
19 Tony Finau Tony Finau -
▼ 19
2018 finishes -- Masters T10, U.S. Open 5, Open T9 -- suggest comfort in the majors this year. One of the longest off the tee. One of the weakest putting from 5-10 feet.
20 Bryson DeChambeau Bryson DeChambeau -
▼ 6
Germany meltdown shows he still needs to manage adversity. Six top 10s with a win at Memorial in 2018. Best major finish T15 Oakmont.
21 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson -
▼ 8
Win at The Players, T10 at Shinnecock, T12 at Carnoustie. Seven PGA Championships appearances -- three MCs, only one top 20. Hits 70% of the greens. Converts 33% of his birdie opportunities.
22 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▼ 3
Career launched with second to Tiger at Medinah in 1999. Since then, only three top 10s in 19 starts. Just completed a MC “Slam.” No weekends at Quail Hollow, Augusta, Shinnecock and Carnoustie. Last U.S. win 2016 Masters.
23 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▼ 3
Heading into Firestone, only four summer appearances. MC in both July starts. T4 at Baltusrol, T5 at Quail Hollow. Good around the greens. Has gone from seventh in Approach to the Greens in 2017 to 75th in 2018.
24 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner -
▼ 24
Two bites at the major apple at Quail Hollow and Carnoustie, with fourth-round struggles both times. Will not beat himself on the greens. Only 19 three-putts in over 1000 holes played in 2018.
25 Patrick Cantlay Patrick Cantlay -
▼ 25
Has climbed 100 positions in the OWGR in a year’s time. T12 at the Open is his best finish in a short major career. Among the 10 best tee to green. Too many three putts to be successful on Bellerive greens.

 

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 32 years. In that time, he has covered more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over the years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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