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USA PGA Major Preview

The final golf major of the year takes place this week as the USPGA Championship gets underway in South Carolina with the best players in the world gathered, ready to win the biggest individual tournament remaining in 2012.

With the Ryder Cup coming up next month, it is the opportunity for the top European and American players to get one over each other too. If a European can win on American soil, it would perhaps set the tone for the most famous golf tournament of all.

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Letís not get ahead of ourselves though. Although many people will be getting excited about the Ryder Cup, this isnít the time for the players to look too closely at it. Instead, it is all about what should be a wonderful four days at the USPGA Championship.

As ever with these tournaments, it is worth looking back at the previous year to get an idea of the flavour for the event. Did the big players show why they were the favourites? Or was it a shock winner from further afield?

Well, it was Keegan Bradley that secured a dramatic victory and this was definitely a surprise. The rookie won a tense play-off and announced himself into the world of golf. This was the Americanís first major too, so anyone thinking that they havenít got a chance this year, should think again.

The more experienced players are the favourites though of course, with Tiger Woods leading the way. The American is 9/1 to win this week though, so it is clear that he is one of a number of contenders.

Following Woods comes World No.1 Luke Donald at 18/1. He has been at the top of world golf for a considerable time now and has established himself as a leading contender in every single tournament he enters.

There is something missing though Ė a major title. If the Englishman can win this week, securing his first major title, he could go from strength to strength in years to come. As the No.1 player in the world and a major tournament winner at 34-years-old, he could go on to dominate for a while.

However, the beautiful thing about golf, is that the winner can genuinely come from nowhere. Whether that be an rookie like Bradley or an experienced professional who many thought had had their day like Darren Clarke or Ernie Els.

One thing for sure is that it should be a fantastic four days of golf with plenty of twists and turns. Who will be the man to hold their nerve though? Find out from Thursday morning.

Thomas Rooney

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