2014 PGA Championship Preview

Aug 6 2014

The 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club starts tomorrow amid several interesting storylines. Will Tiger be healthy enough to play (and if so, will he tell us before our fantasy draft starts)? Will Rory continue his dominance and retain his World Number 1 status, or will Adam Scott parlay his strong majors performance and regain the top spot? Or will a past champion like Padraig Harrington or Y.E. Yang reclaim Glory’s Last Shot?

As an administrator (and participant) of a Golf Majors pool, I like to know the world rankings and betting odds for the field to help inform the draft and facilitate automated picks. For this last major, I also wanted to know how the field has performed in this year’s prior majors. Here’s how they’ve fared in 2014 (must have played in at least one major).

Player The Masters U.S. Open British Open
Rickie Fowler T5 T2 T2
Adam Scott T14 T9 T5
Jim Furyk T14 T12 4
Rory McIlroy T8 T23 1
Jimmy Walker T8 T9 T26
Justin Rose T14 T12 T23
Jordan Spieth T2 T17 T36
Henrik Stenson T14 T4 T39
Chris Kirk T14 T28 T19
Matt Kuchar T5 T12 T54
Jason Day T21 T4 T58
Francesco Molinari 50 T23 T15
Louis Oosthuizen 25 T40 T36
Martin Kaymer T31 1 70
Brandt Snedeker T37 T9 T58
Bill Haas T21 T35 T51
Kevin Stadler T8 T63 T39
Stewart Cink T14 T54 T47
Gary Woodland T26 T52 T39
Keegan Bradley CUT T4 T19
Thomas Bjorn T8 T26
Graeme McDowell CUT T28 T9
Victor Dubuisson CUT T28 T9
Sergio Garcia CUT T35 T2
Ian Poulter T21 T17 CUT
Stephen Gallacher T34 CUT T15
Phil Mickelson CUT T28 T23
Steve Stricker T31 T21
Brendon Todd T17 T39
Hunter Mahan T26 CUT T32
Billy Horschel T37 T23 CUT
Ryan Moore CUT T48 T12
Brendon de Jonge T37 T28 CUT
John Senden T8 CUT T58
Kevin Na T12 T54
Darren Clarke T44 CUT T26
Brooks Koepka T4 T67
Hideki Matsuyama CUT T35 T39
Thongchai Jaidee T37 CUT T39
Zach Johnson CUT T40 T47
Russell Henley T31 T60 CUT
Kevin Streelman T42 CUT T54
Paul Casey T56 T47
Thorbjorn Olesen T44 T64
Bubba Watson 1 CUT CUT
Jonas Blixt T2 CUT CUT
Erik Compton T2 CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 CUT CUT
Marc Leishman CUT T5
Charl Schwartzel CUT CUT T7
Lee Westwood 7 CUT CUT
Edoardo Molinari T7
Shane Lowry CUT T9
Robert Karlsson T12
Jamie Donaldson T14 CUT CUT
J.B. Holmes T17 CUT
George Coetzee 18
Angel Cabrera CUT CUT T19
Matteo Manassero CUT T19
Chris Wood T23
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano T26 CUT CUT
Joost Luiten T26 CUT CUT
Ben Martin T26
Brian Harman T26
Steven Bowditch T26
Kenny Perry T28
David Hearn T32
K.J. Choi T34 CUT
Patrick Reed CUT T35 CUT
Ernie Els CUT T35 CUT
Branden Grace CUT T36
Vijay Singh T37
Marc Warren T39
Koumei Oda T39
Nick Watney T44 CUT CUT
Webb Simpson CUT T45 CUT
Danny Willett T45 CUT
Harris English CUT T48 CUT
Jason Dufner CUT CUT T51
Tom Watson CUT T51
Seung Yul Noh T52
Matt Jones CUT CUT T54
Ryan Palmer CUT T58
Luke Donald CUT CUT T64
Boo Weekley CUT 66 CUT
Charley Hoffman T67
Tiger Woods 69
Matt Every CUT CUT 71
Roberto Castro CUT CUT CUT
Graham Delaet CUT CUT CUT
Pablo Larrazabal CUT CUT
Bernd Wiesberger CUT CUT
Hyung-Sung Kim CUT CUT
Scott Stallings CUT CUT
Ross Fisher CUT
Padraig Harrington CUT
Mikko Ilonen CUT
Richard Sterne CUT
Geoff Ogilvy CUT
Shawn Stefani CUT
Chesson Hadley CUT
Brian Stuard CUT
Chris Stroud CUT
Cameron Tringale CUT
Fredrik Jacobson CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat CUT
Rafael Cabrera-Bello CUT
Anirban Lahiri CUT
Tim Clark CUT
George McNeill CUT
Tommy Fleetwood CUT
Brendan Steele CUT
John Daly CUT
Ryo Ishikawa CUT
Best Majors Performers in 2014

No big surprises here. Rickie Fowler has been sniffing at a major championship all year, falling short to two dominant performances by Kaymer and McIlory. Some other folks have been quietly consistent, like Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk (haven’t heard their names on the Golf Channel all week). I was surprised to see normally consistent players turn in poor performances for the year (looking at you Jason Dufner and Angel Cabrera).

Hope this information helps your golf handicapping/gambling purposes! If you have any other suggestions for stats/blog posts please let me know!

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