PGA Championship wide open in uncertain Tiger era


With a list of potential major winners unprecedented in depth and doubts over whether Tiger Woods will ever regain his former dominance, this week’s PGA Championship is wide open for the taking. Ninety-eight of the world’s top 100 players have assembled at Atlanta Athletic Club for Thursday’s opening round and you can bet that at least a handful will go on to deliver their ‘A’ games in pursuit of the season’s last shot at major glory. Remarkably, there have been nine first-time winners in the last 10 majors with Phil Mickelson’s emotional victory at the 2010 Masters the sole exception. The golfing landscape has become increasingly global in recent years and players from countries ranging from Ireland and Fiji to Zimbabwe and South Korea can boast winners in the year’s final major.