PGA Championship Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm on Phil

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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Phil Mickelson's Absence From the PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson's absence from the PGA Championship has been a major topic of conversation for months now. PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh called the situation bizarre‚ while young comer Viktor Hovland referred to it as a rough go. But‚ other top golfers didn't have much to say. Let's take a look at why he's not playing at the PGA Championship.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson will not defend his PGA Championship title

As the tournament's headliner‚ defending champion Phil Mickelson will not play in the PGA Championship this year. Unlike Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan‚ who did not play in the PGA Championship‚ Mickelson will not be competing in Tulsa due to his medical situation. The injury has kept Mickelson out of the tournament since last week‚ and he has been taking time off from the game. However‚ this is not the first time Mickelson has bowed out of a major. Ben Hogan did not play in the tournament until almost 70 years ago. After announcing his decision to withdraw from the tournament in February‚ Phil Mickelson took some time off from golf. He had signed up for the US PGA and US Open‚ but he had not played since then. The PGA of America confirmed his withdrawal‚ but he also added that he had not made any concrete plans for his future. In addition to his retirement‚ Mickelson also asked to play a LIV Golf Invitational Series event in June‚ which he did. Despite his decision‚ Mickelson has become the oldest major golf champion in history. Last year‚ he became the oldest major champion in golf history‚ and he will be the first player to not play in the PGA Championship this year. The PGA Championship has been played for 459 years‚ and only 21 times has a defending champion not been present to defend his title. The Saudi Golf League will operate the LIV Golf event in London this summer‚ the first event of which will be held in June. As the PGA Tour has said‚ Phil Mickelson hasn't played since the Saudi International‚ which took place last February. He made controversial remarks that led to the publication of an unauthorized biography‚ titled Defending the PGA Championship: A Memoir of a Professional Golfer The PGA Championship is a wide-open event‚ and this year's field does not feature a defending champion. No single-digit favorite enters the tournament‚ and despite the lack of favorites‚ there is no consensus about who will win. Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm are popular picks. While Mickelson's absence makes him a bit of a wildcard‚ there are a few other players that look to take advantage of it.

Favorites Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm

Two of golf's best players are neck for the PGA Championship. Scottie Scheffler won the Masters and is the No. 1 player in the world‚ while Jon Rahm finished T27 at the Masters. Both players opened as favorites‚ but Rahm is favored at half the major sportsbooks. Rahm‚ however‚ finished T28 in his last stroke-play event. Two other players with tremendous value at this week's tournament are Rahm and Scheffler. Rahm is the favorite in the market‚ as he has a great approach game and can putt reasonably well. Scheffler‚ meanwhile‚ is a Masters champion and has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive PGA Championships. Lastly‚ Justin Thomas is a perennial favorite. His six top-10 finishes since January have him well in the mix. In terms of talent‚ Scheffler is a top choice. The 26-year-old played on the world championship team in 2020 and finished eighth in 2021. His 6-foot-3 frame helps him gain distance and is consistent. In addition‚ he has two World No. 1 rankings and has banked $8.3 million in prize money. With his consistency and power‚ Scheffler is an excellent pick to take home the title. Another reason to bet on the PGA Championship is that it is the second major of the year‚ and there are no single-digit favorites. Outside of those two‚ there's plenty of value in this tournament. The field also includes Jon Rahm‚ the 2017 Masters champion‚ and World No. 2 Scottie Scheffler. The PGA Championship is played at Southern Hills‚ so both of these players have proven themselves to be great competitors. In 2022‚ the PGA Championship is expected to be a battle royal. The defending champion‚ Phil Mickelson‚ has withdrew from the PGA Championship after making controversial comments about the sport's professionalism. In addition to Mickelson‚ 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is another top contender for the event. He has four PGA Tour victories to his credit this year‚ and is the top player in the FedExCup standings. He has a season-high seven Top-10 finishes.

Will Zalatoris have a strong run at the PGA Championship

While Zach Zalatoris has yet to win on the PGA Tour‚ he has been very consistent in major championships in recent years. He finished sixth at last year's Masters and recorded an eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship in 2021. The SportsLine model believes Zalatoris is a value bet for the 2022 PGA Championship. The model targets two golfers at odds of 20-1 and longer. Zach Johnson is another player aiming to make a strong run at the PGA Championship. He has yet to miss the cut in his last 12 starts and has eight top-25 finishes. In his last two starts‚ he finished T-26 at the Zurich Classic‚ which was his first PGA Championship appearance. This season‚ he has struggled with his game and body‚ but he has shown some signs of resurgence. Interestingly‚ the PGA Tour announced last week that he will play at the LIV Golf Invitational outside London‚ which is a major. In addition to Zalatoris‚ there are several other players who will be able to make a strong run at the PGA Championship. Sergio Garcia and Justin Thomas are both good options. Sergio Garcia has three fourth-place finishes this season‚ including the WGC-Dell Match Play. Sergio Garcia‚ on the other hand‚ has missed the cut three times in his last six starts. The No. 1 player in the world is the favorite to win the PGA Championship‚ and his performance in Augusta may have been more impressive. However‚ if a different guy has a ridiculous week (which could happen)‚ then Scheffler might fall short of another major championship. In the end‚ though‚ he should finish inside the top 10 on Sunday. There are many reasons to be optimistic that Scheffler will have a strong run at the PGA Championship this year.

Will Woods make amends for his 2007 victory at Southern Hills

Since his first PGA Championship win in 2007‚ Tiger has not won the tournament. Since that victory‚ he has teed off on 10 occasions‚ two of them as runner-up. His other four appearances have resulted in missed cuts. However‚ the 104th PGA Championship is right around the corner. The field is stacked with the best players in the world‚ and it returns to Southern Hills for the first time in 15 years. Will Woods make amends for his 2007 triumph? Tiger Woods returned to Southern Hills last week‚ but did not commit to play in the tournament. His absence was prompted by the car crash that cost him his leg. He was told by doctors that an amputation of his right leg was a possibility after a car crash in February. Woods played at Augusta National in March last year‚ but faded dramatically after a stellar opening round of 71. Woods has played at Southern Hills before‚ once at the Tour Championship in 1996. His victory on this course vaulted him into the top 30 money winners in less than two months. He also played it at the U.S. Open in 2001‚ and learned a valuable lesson in both trips. Despite the PGA Championship win in 2007‚ Woods missed out on defending the title in 2008. With the four weeks extra he will have to dedicate to his golf game‚ Tiger has the chance to make amends for the mistake he made in Augusta National. He has proven he has the strength to make up for his loss‚ but the next few days will reveal if he has the ability to play the final round at the Masters. With a few injuries‚ Tiger has a chance to get the Masters title. After a poor putting weekend at the Masters‚ Tiger returned to work and is primed for his second start at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. The course is nearly unrecognizable since Woods last played at this venue. After undergoing $11 million in renovations‚ the course still has some elements of the 2007 championship. The putting surface was reconstructed‚ the meandering creeks and the edges were returned to the course.