Tour Confidential: Who Will Win The PGA Championship?

August 16, 2015
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After a wild three days at Whistling Straits, we’re entering the final round of the PGA Championship. Jason Day has shot 68-67-66 and is your leader at 15-under, paired with Jordan Spieth, who went out in 30 to vault into solo second at 13-under. Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace and Dustin Johnson are lurking in the top-10. Who will win? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): I have to agree with Captain Obvious and say Jordan Spieth, because he’s the best player on the board, the best player in the world and, oh yeah, the best putter in the game. I don’t see anyone on that leaderboard out-putting Spieth in the final round and that’ll be the difference. Count the trey for Jordan.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Day. Has the lead – ALWAYS an advantage. Knock on doors long enough, one is bound to open.

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, GOLF Magazine (@CameronMorfit): I picked Spieth from the start of this thing, but I’m switching to Day. I loved that he said this after his round: “Every time I get on the green, I get excited. … I feel like I’m going to hole it.” Sunday could be an epic shootout between two of the absolute best. Looking forward.

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, (@EamonLynch): Majors are often decided by short putts on Sunday afternoon. This year, Jason Day has faced 513 putts inside five feet and made 502 of them. I think he takes home the hardware.

Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated (@MarkGodich): Jason Day. Never mind that he’s been the hottest player on the planet of late. It’s his time. It’s that simple. But Spieth will make him earn it.

Jeff Ritter, senior editor, SI Golf Group (@JeffRitter): Picked Day on Monday and can’t back off it now. I do think a pairing with Spieth is the toughest scenario he could’ve asked for. But Day is ready for this. It’s his time.

Brendan Mohler, assistant editor, (@bmohler09): Jason Day. He’s long (314 yards off the tee on average), makes birdies by the bunch (4.56 per round this year) and has contended in the last two majors. Day’s also leading the field in strokes gained/tee-to-green, a stat that determines victory more often that not. He’ll thrive on the adrenaline Sunday, as he did Saturday night, and close this thing out.

Jessica Marksbury, associate editor, Golf Magazine (@Jess_Marksbury): Jason Day. I’ve never seen him look more focused. It’s finally his time!

Coleman McDowell, associate editor, (@ColemanMcDowell): This is the third-straight 54-hole lead Day has held. He hasn’t shrunk from the moment either time, and there’s obviously no statistical reason to side against Day. The difference will be his playing partner. Jordan Spieth will not blink in the face of this pressure, and he will win. 

Josh Berhow, staff producer, (@josh_berhow): Jordan Spieth just shot a 6-under 30 on the back nine and has two majors this year to Jason Day’s zero. No need to get into too many stats here, I just can’t get myself to pick against Jordan on a Sunday.

Sean Zak, assistant editor, (@Sean_Zak): Jason Day looks as focused as we’ve ever seen him. Him going straight to the range after the round proved he knows this is the best chance he has ever had in a major and has zeroed in on the moment. 

Josh Sens, contributing writer, GOLF Magazine: (@JoshSens): Jason Day. He has knocked on the door the requisite number of times. The guardians will finally let him in.

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