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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 299
W inning major championships is not easy. When each of golf’s four Grand Slam events rolls around, the pundits run their fingers across the form guide and make their predictions. Usually it will be a highly-ranked player – one within the top-20 at the very least – and, more often than not, they will have already claimed a major win already. Think about it. There will be a throng of analysts and experts asked to give their tip to win this week and you can guarantee the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, defending champion Justin Thomas and even Tiger Woods will be among those names bandied about. But singling out contenders to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy is like trying to pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup. The PGA boasts such a strong field (the strongest of any of the four majors) that the winner just might come from those ranked outside the top-50 in the world. This year’s PGA Champion might even be a newcomer to the major winning caper. Don’t believe it, then consider this. Seven of the past nine winners of the Wanamaker Trophy broke through for their first major victory in at the US PGA Championship. Thomas (2017), Jimmy Walker (2016), Jason Day, (2015), Jason Dufner (2013), Keegan Bradley (2011), Martin Kaymer (2010) and Y.E Yang (2009) all tasted major success for the first time at the PGA. If recent history is to repeat this week, here are the five most likely contenders to be kissing the biggest piece of silverware in golf on Sunday evening. 1. JON RAHM Major starts: 9. Best PGA finish: T58 (2017). The 23-year-old is playing in just his 10th major and second US PGA Championship, after finishing T58 at Quail Hollow last year. Ranked No.5 in the world, the expectation is that Rahm will win a major sooner, rather than later. But he missed the cut at the US Open and The Open, where a handful of loose shots were compounded by the Spaniard losing his cool. If Rahm can harness his temperament, and be happy to leave his driver in the bag, he will go a long way to putting himself in the picture on Sunday afternoon. COVER STORY
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