2016 PGA Championship Picks

The 100th PGA Championship is around the corner. How should you celebrate? By gambling this week's paycheck on the tournament. Here are the Brofessional Golfer Staff's picks:

 

The People's Golfer

Branden Grace

The Masters (Cut) and Open Championship (T72) are different animals than the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. How did he fare in this year's U.S. Open? T5. In 2015, he played extremely well at both the U.S. Open (T4) and the PGA Championship (3). Grace's game has made strides over the last 3 seasons. If the short-stick is on, look for him to make a run. <<How about that hard-hitting analysis? So you're saying if he putts well, he'll be in it? Yes that's right.

Jordan Spieth

Has two top 5s in his past five tournaments including a win (at Dean & Deluca). His all around solid game will take advantage this weekend. By no means my favorite player on tour, but out of the big 4 (Johnson made his way in), I like his chances the most this week in Jersey.

Justin Rose

Rock solid and always underrated, yet, Rose has been unimpressive this season. This pick just feels right. Might be the reason it goes wrong- I have nothing to back it up. I always like one pick to just be based off a hunch. O well. Here goes nothing…

 

Schank

Rory McIlroy

The thing about Rory is that he has won the PGA Championship in both 2012 and 2014 so it’s his year again. The best golfers are the ones who are known for their legacy at specific tournaments throughout their playing career. You’ve got Nicklaus and Tiger and the Masters. Tom Watson and the British Open. Bubba Watson and the Travelers Championship…It almost makes too much sense for Rory to win the PGA Championship in 2016 and join these elites as a tournament legend.

Scott Piercy 

The 37 year old Web.com tour journeyman hired a new swing coach and it appears you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks. SP came in 2nd place two weeks in a row at the U.S. Open and WGC, but did finish a disasterous 4th to last place at the British Open. By missing the cut in the Open and not playing in the RBC, Scott has had way too much time to regroup and put things back together. SP is like one of those fish that blends into the ocean floor to catch their unsuspecting prey. Watch out.

Rickie Fowler

Actually hasn’t been the best season for Rickie given the expectations. Yes, he has six top 10 finishes but also tallied up a plethora of cuts. Each major winner this year has been a first time major winner so let’s follow the trend. Rickie is never going to dominate a season Jordan Spieth or Jason Day style (prove me wrong Rickie), but I can see him coming out of left field in Springfield, NJ this weekend.

 

Neves

Dustin Johnson

I will never forgive myself if I don’t pick DJ. I realize he’s the safe bet here, but I’d be stupid to bet against him for the final major. He’s playing like an absolute stud heading into Baltusrol. Let’s just hope when he wins, Paulina is wearing her signature skirt.

Jim Furyk

I picked the young gun, now I have to go with the old grinder. Furyk is playing consistently well and I expect him to be at the top of the leader board in Jersey. Furyk is due for a big win on tour this year and I think he will grind it out at Baltusrol.

Steve Stricker

The self proclaimed “savage” has the fourth best average finish at the last five PGA Championships. He would be the oldest major winner ever. Although he has been absent on tour for the better part of the year, he can still work the greens like the wily vet that he is.

 

Rico Dangles

Jason Day

Ya Ya – We give the Aussie a bunch of shit on this site. All of us. However, number 1 ranked golfer in the world JDay may go off this week. And he is due, its been a few months since he got a win but watch for him to make up some injury and make up some strokes while he moves up the leaderboard after a tough first day to put the pressure on my other 2 picks.

Dustin Johnson

I'm following Neves lead on this one (sorry man) – picking DJ and hoping for everyones sake we dont just get Paulina, but maybe even the Great One himself will be there cheering him on. DJ has been playing out of his skull this year – Scoring average 69, 2nd in the world, 1st in Fedex Cup standings. his lowest finish this year was T41 in a Pro-Am none the less. Dude is hot fire and can crush the ball, how can you not like him this week.

Phil Mickelson

COMON LEFTY I NEED YOU MAN. 11..runner…up..finishes..at..Majors… including an INSANE battle with Stenson where he inevitably fell short at Royal Troon a few weeks ago. I like Phil this week to actually close the deal and take it home. Remember, Phil doesnt wake up for anything more than $2,000.

 

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