2007 PGA Championship predictions by GOLF and Sports Illustrated experts

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2007 PGA Championship Picks The writers and editors of GOLF Magazine, Sports Illustrated and GOLF.com make their predictions for the 2007 PGA Championship. Gary Van Sickle Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Pick: Tiger Woods I've already written about how Scott Verplank was going to be my pick to win the PGA because Southern Hills doesn't favor a long hitter, it favors a precise iron player and a good putter. Also, Verplank would've continued the streak of first time major-winners. But Tiger Woods's performance at Firestone changed everything. Tiger's swing is back in the groove, and his putting has been great all summer. As Tiger showed in Akron, when he's on his game and playing well, it's not a contest. Firestone is a tight, tree-lined course that is par 70, and it's not supposed to be a good course for Tiger, but he's won there six times. So the details of Southern Hills don't matter. The way he's playing, Tiger could win the PGA no matter where it was played.
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Cameron Morfit Senior Writer, GOLF Magazine Pick: Stewart Cink Stewart Cink contended at the British Open and is my pick for the PGA despite finishing T56 at Firestone, which is one of his favorite courses. Cink almost won the last major played at Southern Hills, the 2001 U.S. Open, and he's just plain due. Overdue, actually.
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Michael Bamberger Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Pick: Boo Weekley My admiration for Boo Weekley's golf game will not quit. He's now played in two majors in his life. Join me for some fantasy math. Take Boo's two best rounds at Oakmont, a pair of 72s. Double them. That 288 would have been only three shots behind the winning score. Same thing at the British Open. Take his two best scores, 68 and 72. Double them. That score, 280, would have been three shots back. This arithmetic exercise is crude, of course. But my point is this: Weekley's good golf is good enough to contend if he learns to eliminate the mistakes. It's a tall order, but few golfers in their 30s — in prime time — are on a steeper learning curve. No joke.
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Alan Shipnuck Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Pick: Tiger Woods After his spectacular performance at Firestone, it's silly to pick anyone but Tiger Woods. When he putts like that he's pretty tough to beat. When he drives the ball like that he's almost impossible to beat. When he does both at the same time, it's a surprise if he wins by only eight shots. That said, Southern Hills is not an ideal ballpark for Woods. He's won only one major on a par-70 layout, and last time he visited the property, for the 2001 U.S. Open, his erratic play stopped his streak of four consecutive majors. But an extensive renovation to the course has made it more expansive and more receptive to creative shotmaking, obviously playing to his strengths. Since I'm taking Woods I should probably offer an alternate darkhorse, but really, what's the point? The only question is how many strokes Tiger is going to win by. I put the over-under at six.
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Josh Sanburn Assistant Editor, GOLF Magazine Pick: Justin Rose So Justin Rose hasn't won a single tournament on the PGA Tour. So what? Just look at how the Englishman has been performing this year, especially in the majors: a tie for 5th at the Masters, a tie for 10th at the U.S. Open and a tie for 12th at the British. You could make the argument that Rose is currently the most due player on Tour. If there's one major in which Rose can break through, it's the PGA. And if there's one course where he can score, it's Southern Hills. On the Tour's par 4 "birdie or better" rankings, Rose is in the top 5, and the winner at Southern Hills will need to play well on some excruciatingly difficult par-4s — especially the 12th, 16th and 18th holes.
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Alan Bastable Senior Associate Editor, GOLF Magazine Pick: Anthony Kim There's no good reason the young and inexperienced Anthony Kim should win in Tulsa. But then again there were no good reasons Zach Johnson should have won at Augusta, or Angel Cabrera at Oakmont. Kim has four top 10s this season, has shot 67 or better on Sunday seven times and tied for 20th at the U.S Open, impressive when you consider he carded an 80 in the third round. But what I like most about him is his fearlessness. You get the sense that if Kim faced Tiger on Sunday in a big-time event, he'd pull a Bob May (think 2000 PGA) before he pulled an Aaron Baddeley (think 2007 U.S. Open). Kim's a longshot, but in a major season where up has been down, he'd be a fitting champion.
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David Dusek Deputy Editor, GOLF.com Pick: Tiger Woods Southern Hills is going to be demanding off the tee and from the fairway, forcing players to make a tactical decision every time they make a full swing. How much do they want to challenge the trees and the sand off the tee? How much do they want to shape their mid-irons into the greens? The setup should be similar to what we saw two years ago at Baltusrol or back in 2003 at Oak Hill. Jim Furyk, who won the Canadian Open again this year, has a game that suits this course. But his back problems, which forced him to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, worry me, so I have to go with Tiger Woods. Sure, he was dominant again at Firestone, so it's an easy pick, but if he keeps the momentum he established in Akron, who's going to beat him?