At Kiawah, the wind plays a huge factor. The greens are not only firm, but they are smaller targets to hit. To win at Kiawah, the winner must have the ability to hit their irons with the right trajectory and distance control. In light of all these factors, here are my picks for the 2nd Major Championship of the year.
Dark Horse: Tommy Fleetwood – Tommy is currently ranked in the top 25 of the official world golf rankings. Tommy carded a top 20 finish at the Masters with his best finish of the season being a T5 at the Dell Match play. Tommy is known for his iron play and his driving. You don’t get the nickname “fairway Jesus” if you don’t hit a high percentage of fairways in a round. Tommy is currently ranked in the top 25 in most of the strokes gained categories with a primary strength being from 150 yards and in. Although Tommy has not won a PGA tour event, he could breakthrough with his first win at Kiawah.
Contender: Jordan Spieth – Coming into the PGA championship, Jordan is playing like the Spieth of old, recording his first win since 2017 and notching several top 10 finishes this season. We all know Jordan’s strength is his putting and he’s making putts over 20ft look like 5 footers. Jordan is also one of the few players on Tour that has the ability to make a putt when it matters the most. He also has the ability to hit the hero shot when he needs it the most. Just go back to his last major win at the Open when he hit the hybrid on the green from the tour trucks. Jordan will have some added pressure going into every PGA championship as he looks to become only the 6th golfer to have won all four majors. If Spieth can keep the ball in play and putt to his potential, Jordan will be holding the Wanamaker come Sunday afternoon.
Winner: Colin Morikawa – Colin is known for his incredible iron play. He has the ability to control his ball flight and his distance control. Colin has had a very successful 2020 – 21 season. With 4 top ten finishes this season, one of which being a WGC the defending PGA champion looks to use his precise iron play on the ultimate precision golf course. Colin has all the intangibles and is among the favorites every time he tees it up. Come Sunday, I think he will be hoisting the Wanamaker for the second straight year.
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