NCG writers predict what will (and won't) happen at the PGA ChampionshipAugust 9, 2017
Will Rory walk it at one of his favouring stomping grounds? Or shall we file him under "surprise flop"? The NCG team have their say...
In NCG’s PGA Championship preview, our team of writers predict who will triumph at Quail Hollow where Rory McIlroy will be looking to capatalise on his recent success at the North Carolina track…
Dan Murphy, editor
Player to watch: Justin Thomas has a huge win in him. We know his scoring is volatile so perhaps this will be the week when he puts it all together.
Surprise flop: By his own high standards, Justin Rose’s play has been uninspired in recent months.
Most looking forward to: Seeing how Spieth goes about his first chance to complete the Grand Slam and win back-to-back majors. Something he has, of course, done before.
Alex Perry, digital editor
Mark Townsend, deputy editor
Winner: Justin Rose is not exactly leftfield but he’s had a very quiet time of things. Has a bit of form here, got the wrong side of the draw and time for him to double his major tally.
Winning score: 13-under.
Player to watch: Again not going out on a limb for a player who has finished 8-3-39-20-2-3 since the US Open, but you can still get Charley Hoffman at 50-1. Best backed each-way.
Surprise flop: I can’t see Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth having quiet weeks so that only really leaves big Dustin Johnson. Two days before Augusta he was set to rule the world – he won three on the bounce in February-March – now he looks a very different player.
Most looking forward to: A few nice montages of Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els as they play their 100th major.
What will happen: We’ll spend large chunks of Thursday and Friday finding out all about Harry Diamond. McIlroy will be doing his own yardages this week.
What won’t happen: Nobody in the commentary booths will say that the PGA moving to May is a bad idea.
James Savage, equipment editor
Steve Carroll, club editor
James Broadhurst, production editor
Joe Urquhart, social media editor
Craig Middleton, digital journalist
Matt Beedle, digital journalist
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