2012 PGA Championship Preview: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

On Thursday the greatest golfers in the world will try to tame Pat Dye’s wild and unpredictable Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, SC.  From the outside this course has the look of a links “run the ball up to the green” course, but there are only a few greens that you can do that on.  The course has the long, wide fairways that will suit the bombers, but it also boast Dye’s signature big, teared greens that will reward the fairway shot makers.  Add in the unpredictable South Carolina coastal weather and it should be an exciting tournament and a great test.

5 Players To Watch

Jason Dufner- Dufner has 2 wins this year and 3 other top 10 finishes under his belt.  He his the ball with good power and has deadly iron play.  If he puts the ball in the fairway and can place his shots to the green, he could bring home is first major.

Can Dustin Johnson get a hometown break in SC?

Dustin Johnson- The Myrtle Beach native will have no problem with the muggy 90+ heat that will meet the players at Kiawah and has plenty of experience playing coastal golf on the Carolinas.  He can crush the ball, but if he doesn’t throw darts from the fairways he will have trouble.

Steve Stricker- Finished in the top 25 in 2 majors and is playing pretty good now.  He will be on the first page of the leaderboard going into the weekend.  Can he hold it?

Greame McDowell- I know he hasn’t won since 2010, but he is going to get another big win very soon.  Also in the hunt in majors, he has the game to ride out the Ocean Course.  Plays smart and doesn’t seem to get outsmarted by the course.

Tiger Woods- Tiger will not be afraid to use his driver this week, due to the wide fairways and that is a big plus for him, but his iron play and putting are still shaky and that won’t work on a Pat Dye track.  He is the best that ever played, so a 15th major is not out of the question.

Jumbo’s Pick To Win:

Kuchar will get that 1st major this weekend at Kiawah.

Matt Kuchar- The best player in the world without a major (Sorry, Luke Donald), is playing hot.  He has finished in the top 10 in 3 of his last 4 tourneys and leads the PGA in 8 top tens.  He hits it straight and putts it true.  He’s got the game and this is his year to become a first time major winner.





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