The PGA Championship tees off today outside of Detroit at Oakland Hills. For the 2nd straight major the focus has been who is NOT there. Tiger Woods is missing his 2nd major as he recovers from knee surgery. Woods is the 2 time defending champ at the PGA. Yeah...yeah...Yeah I hear you golf is not as interesting without Tiger Woods. I agree but he's not playing and this is still a major. Will we have another miracle contender like Greg Norman in the British? Not sure about that but the PGA has changed over the last few years. Often it was considered the weakest of the majors because the golf courses were not set up like the U-S Open, didn't have the tradition of the Masters or the quirkiness of the British. Over the past few years the PGA has done a great job of picking some terrific venues and also made the courses much more difficult. Lazst year Tiger won Southern Hills by a pair and shot an 8 under. Only 4 others broke par. I think the more difficult set-ups will favor the more accomplished players. Look for the winner to come out of the top 25 in the world. I really like 22 year old Anthony Kim. He has won on 2 of the toughest tracks on tour so far this year...with victories at Quail Hollow and Congressional. He is long and straight and if his putter gets hot he could be VERY tough to beat.
Even without Tiger I'm going to be tuning in. I just don't think the opening days of the Olympics hold much interest for me.