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5 Reasons Why Phil Mickelson Will Win the 2014 PGA Championship

5 Reasons Why Phil Mickelson Will Win the 2014 PGA Championship

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The 2014 PGA Championship is set to take place this weekend at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. Phil Mickelson hasn't won the PGA Championship since 2005 at Baltusrol and is primed and ready to recapture the Wanamaker Trophy for these five reasons.

5. He's Coming Off A Great Last Round At Firestone

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5. He's Coming Off A Great Last Round At Firestone

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Mickelson lit it up in his last round last weekend at Firestone. He shot a 62 on Sunday and had ten birdies. He was seeing the greens well and striking the ball perfectly. Golf is a game of confidence and rhythm, and Lefty has found his groove at the right time.

4. Presence Of Tiger Woods Has Always Motivated Phil

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4. Presence Of Tiger Woods Has Always Motivated Phil

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Although Woods hasn't quite been Woods the last few years, his presence at a Major tournament has always motivated Phil Mickelson. Woods' participation is not yet guaranteed, but he has been seen practicing at Valhalla this week. They were the top two players in the world for many years, which created a natural rivalry and both players seem to be laser-focused whenever they're paired together like they're set to be on Thursday.

3. Ryder Cup Selections Are Approaching

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3. Ryder Cup Selections Are Approaching

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Lefty still does not have a top 10 finish on tour this year, but is looking forward to the next few events, especially this weekend's Major. He wants to earn enough points to make it onto the Ryder Cup team. Mickelson has never had to be a captain's pick going back to his first team in 1995. He has played in 34 Ryder Cup matches in his career.

2. He's Comfortable At Valhalla

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2. He's Comfortable At Valhalla

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Mickelson has usually scored well at Valhalla. He played well there in 2008 at the Ryder Cup, in his first PGA Championships there in 1996 and in the 2000 PGA Championship. He has been an aggressive player his whole career and Valhala is a great place for that type of game. He can play dynamically with his irons, which will help his already stellar short game even more.

1. He's Just Due

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1. He's Just Due

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It may sound silly, but I think that Lefty is just due for a quality performance at a Major. He won two last season after a slump lasting a few years, and should be back in the final group this weekend. Everything previously listed, combined with the fact that he is major-less so far this year, leads me to believe that Mickelson will have his name etched into the Wanamaker Trophy yet again after this weekend.