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PGA Championship Confidential
August 06, 2007
On the condition of anonymity, a PGA Tour pro riffs on Tiger's troubles, the wisdom of playing a major in Tulsa during the dog days of summer, who's hot and who's not, and who will walk away a winner next week at Southern Hills
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August 06, 2007

Pga Championship Confidential

On the condition of anonymity, a PGA Tour pro riffs on Tiger's troubles, the wisdom of playing a major in Tulsa during the dog days of summer, who's hot and who's not, and who will walk away a winner next week at Southern Hills

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FEARSOME FOURSOME

Here are my picks to be prime contenders. Scott Verplank drives it straight, hits precise irons when he's on and is a great scrambler. His game will bore you to death, just like Southern Hills. They're a perfect match. He's already won a major, if you count the U.S. Amateur. (I don't.) You may remember Stewart Cink from the '01 Open, during which he rushed a short putt on the 72nd hole while trying to get out of the way and missed, costing him a spot in the Monday playoff. Stewart's been working with a head doctor and had a chance to win at Carnoustie. He's playing well again, and now that he's using the belly putter he's yip-free, so no more missed one-footers. Sergio Garc´┐Ża needs a fresh diaper. Did you hear him crying about how he got lousy breaks and had to beat more than simply the other guys in the field? I guess God, Mother Nature and the Ghosts of Christmas Past were triple-teaming him or something. Sergio, there's only one reason you didn't win at Carnoustie--you shot 73 on an easy scoring day when everyone who could play dead threw up a 67 or a 68. The belly putter is going to give Sergio's game a makeover and make him a realistic threat to finally win a major. Maybe even this one. Before he can do that, though, he needs an attitude adjustment. Or he needs to grow up. I'm glad Padraig Harrington won the British, even though he tried like hell to blow it. He's a nice man, a hard worker, and now that the monkey's off his back, he could win a few more majors, too, if Tiger continues to stay on the sidelines.

AND THE

WINNER IS . . .

Yes, I know. I sound like a broken record, but I'm going with Canadian Open champ Jim Furyk, my pick for the U.S. and British Opens. Sorry for my lack of originality, but Southern Hills is Mid-Iron Central. It's perfect for a medium-length hitter who works his irons and has a great short game. In other words it's perfect for Furyk. Look, Jim nearly won at Oakmont after his back-nine charge, was 13th at the Masters--a course that should be too long for him--and 12th at Carnoustie. He's had eight top six finishes this year, and now he also has a W. This time, he pulls it off. Hey, maybe he'll drill Sergio in a playoff. That would be sweet.

Southern Hills Country Club, hole by hole, at GOLF.com

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