AUSTRALIAN golf has had some big successes in 2014 but one thing that has eluded us has been a major championship victory.
We’ve looked in contention at various stages of the three preceding majors but alas, no cherry.
The 2014 US PGA Championship this week at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, represents our final opportunity to address that issue.
New (unfortunately) world No 2 Adam Scott leads an eight strong Aussie contingent at Valhalla that includes some strong chances.
Scott himself was sounding confident ahead of the event and always seems a real chance when he tees it up in the big event in recent years .
Jason Day has been a strong major contender in his relatively short career but has been hampered lately by his thumb/wrist injuries. Marc Leishman has perhaps been the form Aussie of recent times and could be thereabouts again come Sunday afternoon.
The other Aussie contenders include US PGA Tour winners this year John Senden, Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch and the brand new winner from last weekend Geoff Ogilvy. US based Australian Club Professional Stuart Deane is also in the mix.
This being a major, they of course face some very stiff competition. That competition is clearly headed by Rory McIlroy, who will be going for three straight victories after winning the British Open then WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The young Northern Irishman, who it has just been announced will be back in Sydney in November to defend his Australian Open title, has been in superlative form.
McIlroy snatched Scott’s No 1 ranking on Sunday and the Aussie would love to repay the compliment.
“It’s only motivating to see Rory play so well,” Scott said in Kentucky this week.
“I’ve said a lot that I feel this is my time, so I’ve got to beat whatever Rory is trying out there and I believe I can.
“I think 10 or 15 years ago, I didn’t have that belief, through lack of experience or whatever it might be.
“I think the biggest thing that held me back was not believing and that’s different now for tons of reasons, I think.”
Adam Scott US PGA Championship Media Conference Preview Video
Other favourites include Sergio Garcia, who has had three runner-up finishes in four starts, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler (top fives in first three majors this year), Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and veterans Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk.
Live Coverage on Fox Sports 3 (AEST, check guides)
1st Round: Friday 3am – 9am
2nd Round: Saturday 3am – 9am
3rd Round: Sunday 4am – 9am
Final Round: Monday 4am – 9am
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