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2014 PGA Championship: 15 Bold Predictions

Bold Predictions For the 2014 PGA Championship

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Although it seems like the Open Championship just ended, the fourth and final major of the year will be played this weekend. Before the 2014 PGA Championship gets underway — with or without Tiger Woods — let’s take a look at 15 bold predictions.

15. Lee Westwood Will Have a Top 5 Finish

Lee Westwood
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15. Lee Westwood Will Have a Top 5 Finish

Lee Westwood
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It’s hard to believe Lee Westwood was once the No. 1 golfer in the world. Sure, the man certainly has game, but he has been pretty irrelevant as of late. With that said, he does have two top 10 finishes this year. One of those top 10s came at the 2014 Masters. He missed the cut at the other two majors, which makes a top five finish this weekend even more unlikely. But hey, it’s going to happen.

14. Henrik Stenson Will Miss the Cut

Henrik Stenson
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14. Henrik Stenson Will Miss the Cut

Henrik Stenson
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Henrik Stenson is one of the best golfers in the world, but not everyone can make the cut. Call it a hunch, bold prediction or whatever you would like, but Stenson is missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

13. Adam Scott Will Fire Off a Low Round To Start the Tourney

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13. Adam Scott Will Fire Off a Low Round To Start the Tourney

Adam Scott
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Adam Scott just lost the No. 1 ranking in the world. Golfers can say all they want about the world rankings, but being on top of the world is, well, being on top of the world. Scott will come out of the gate with birdies and eagles on his mind, which will lead to success early on.

12. Jim Furyk Will Be Around (Like Usual)

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12. Jim Furyk Will Be Around (Like Usual)

Jim Furyk
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Jim Furyk seems to always be in contention when it comes to majors. Why should the PGA Championship be any different?

11. Miguel Jimenez Will Stay Awesome

Miguel Jimenez Will Stay Awesome
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11. Miguel Jimenez Will Stay Awesome

Miguel Jimenez Will Stay Awesome
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Miguel Jimenez may not be the best golfer on the tour. He may not even be the most popular golfer. He is one of the most awesome golfers, though, and the fan favorite will stay awesome at the PGA Championship. More of a fact than a prediction.

10. If Tiger Plays He Will Do Just Enough to Make the Ryder Cup Team

Tiger Woods
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10. If Tiger Plays He Will Do Just Enough to Make the Ryder Cup Team

Tiger Woods
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I’m not Tiger Woods, so I have no clue if he is playing this week. If he does play, winning a major will be on his mind. Although he probably is not going to win this weekend, he is going to do enough to make the Ryder Cup team. That is all, folks.

9. Rory McIlroy Will Have the Lead Entering the Weekend

Rory McIlroy
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9. Rory McIlroy Will Have the Lead Entering the Weekend

Rory McIlroy
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Surprise, surprise. The most dominant golfer in the world will have the lead entering the weekend. Rory McIlroy is on fire and the heat will continue in the first couple of rounds.

8. Luke Donald Will Be Irrelevant

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8. Luke Donald Will Be Irrelevant

Luke Donald
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Luke Donald’s best finish at a major this year was at the Open Championship. He finished in 64th place. Once again, the former No. 1 golfer in the world will be irrelevant at a major this season.

7. Rickie Fowler Will Finish in the Top 5 Once Again

Rickie Fowler
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7. Rickie Fowler Will Finish in the Top 5 Once Again

Rickie Fowler
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When does Rickie Fowler not finish in the top five at a major? Fowler can’t say that he has won a major, but he can say that he has two second-place finishes and another fifth-place finish at the majors this year. As good as Rory McIlroy has been, Fowler hasn’t been too far behind him.

6. Jordan Spieth Will Find Out That Being A Year Older Can Be Rough

Jordan Spieth
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6. Jordan Spieth Will Find Out That Being A Year Older Can Be Rough

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is a very, very good golfer to say the least. He recently turned 21, and he is going to find out that being a year older can be rough. The youngster has not been on his game in the past two tournaments.

5. Phil Mickelson Will Do His Thing on Moving Day

Phil Mickelson
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5. Phil Mickelson Will Do His Thing on Moving Day

Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson is definitely not having his best season yet, but he did shoot a 62 in his last round. No matter which Mickelson shows up at the golf course this week, he will do most of his work on Moving Day.

4. One of the Major Winners From This Year Will Miss the Cut

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4. One of the Major Winners From This Year Will Miss the Cut

Bubba Watson
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One of the major winners from this year will miss the cut, and it will probably be Rory McIlroy. Okay, McIlroy is not going to miss the cut, but you never know. I’m sure if I told you six years ago that Tiger would still have 14 majors in 2014 you wouldn't have believed me. Look what happened with that.

3. A European Will Win

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia
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3. A European Will Win

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia
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I’m not sure which one it will be, but a European will take the final major of the year. Call it another hunch, if you will.

2. Sergio Garcia Will Have the Lead Going Into the Final Round

Sergio Garcia
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2. Sergio Garcia Will Have the Lead Going Into the Final Round

Sergio Garcia
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If it wasn’t for that Rory McIlroy guy, Sergio Garcia would be having an amazing season. He is having a great season, but McIlroy apparently is better at winning tournaments than Garcia. Regardless, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Garcia had the lead going into the final round.

1. Someone Other Than Rory McIlroy Will Win

Rory McIlroy
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1. Someone Other Than Rory McIlroy Will Win

Rory McIlroy
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Is that possible? Rory McIlroy is on top of his game and on top of the rankings. Call him the next Tiger, call him the first Rory McIlroy, it really doesn’t matter. He is the best golfer in the game today. With that said, the best golfer in the world doesn’t win every single tournament. Sorry, Rory.

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