2013 PGA Championship Preview: Favorites Aren't the Only Ones Playing

As the fourth and final major of the 2013 golf season draws near, the hype surrounding Tiger Woods and his dominant win at the Bridgestone Invitational is about to boil over. However, Tiger isn’t the only golfer playing in the 2013 PGA Championship and contrary to popular belief, he shouldn’t be the favorite because his track record in majors over the last half-decade isn’t exactly smooth.

Because of Tiger’s polarizing nature, Phil Mickelson‘s incredible run over the last few weeks has been somewhat forgotten. Are Lefty’s back to back wins at the 2013 Scottish Open and 2013 British Open just chopped liver now? Absolutely not and Phil should be upset that he’s being overlooked. He’s a 10 to 1 favorite, just like Tiger and he should definitely be favored over his choker counterpart.

Of course, we can’t forget about the next favorites on the list: Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose. All three of these young golfers are peaking at the right time and with the typical favorites relatively vulnerable right now, the stage is set for a guy like Snedeker to win his first major.

As the PGA Championship gets under way, just keep in mind that the hype can cloud the vision of not only the fans, but also the players. Expect the unexpected at Oak Hill this weekend.