The fourth and final Major of the golf season gets underway today at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and you will be forgiven for not having heard much about it. The U.S. PGA Championship is yet another high-profiled sporting event that has slipped under the radar due to the scale of interest in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island first rose to prominence when it held the Ryder Cup back in 1991 and this is the first time the U.S. PGA Championship has been held there. Measuring a massive 7,873 yards, having ever-changing undulations, and numerous bunkers, this course will prove to be a challenge worthy of a Major championship.
There will be many contenders for the final Major of the year and who would bet against there being another different name hoisting the famous Wanamaker Trophy as there have been sixteen different winners of the past sixteen Major championships. The same names will come into conversation as possible victors - Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlory, Phil Mickelson. Perhaps even the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar could claim their first Major victory.
There are two names in particular who people this side of the Atlantic will be hoping can finally break their Major duck. Luke Donald and Lee Westwood have come so close but yet so far over recent years. Models of consistency, they have not quite had what it takes to win a coveted Major championship.
How will Adam Scott fair in his first Major since his spectacular collapse in the last few holes at The British Open last month? What will be certain is the sport psychologists and every golf fan alike will be watching to see if the scars of Royal Lytham have affected him on the grandest stage of them all. Golf is a funny sport in which the amateurs almost take joy in seeing the professionals falter, proving that even the best can make mistakes like every hacker does on a Sunday afternoon at their local course.
Sportsvibe's pick of the groups to watch over the first two days will be that of Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, and Rory McIlory, teeing off at 1.10pm British time, and the group of fourteen time Major winner Tiger Woods, 2010 USPGA winner Martin Kaymer, and defending champion Keegan Bradley, teeing off at 1.30pm British time.