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Three majors down, one to go.
Jordan Spieth is looking to become the third person in modern golf history to win three majors in a year, joining Ben Hogan in 1953 and Tiger Woods in 2000. Rory McIlroy is looking to successfully defend one of two major titles won last year and join the Five Major Club. Zach Johnson could win a second major this year.
Americans are going for their first sweep of the majors since 1982!
Who says the PGA is boring?
We did not have Shane Lowry winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but if you took our advice, six of our 10 picks wound up in the top 10. Not bad, right?
We look for a 2015 sweep of the majors with our expanded picks this week.
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On to the picks!
1. Jordan Spieth -- It's hard to argue with success. He's never competed in a major on this course, unlike many other in our top 15. However, his season speaks for itself: four wins, two majors and a shot out of a playoff in the other. Spieth is two shots away from going for the single season Grand Slam this week. He'll be overpriced, but if he wins, it'll be almost impossible to argue no pro has ever enjoyed a better majors season.
2. Jason Day -- The Aussie cannot get much closer to winning a major. He's playing great golf on big stages and won at the RBC Canadian Open in a demonstration that major disappointment won't deter him. He finished T-10 here five years ago.
3. Zach Johnson -- The British Open champion just so happened to have played very well at Whistling Straits in 2010, finishing T-3 along with Rory McIlroy. He's been a machine this year and been in the top six in four of his last six PGA Tour starts.
4. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler has been strong in three of his last four worldwide starts, including a win at the Scottish Open, a runner-up effort at the Quicken Loans National and a top-10 finish at Firestone. He has six top-10 finishes in majors. He made he cut here in 2010, but he's a vastly different player than five years ago.
5. Bubba Watson -- Watson was the playoff loser here five years ago, so he had -- at least then -- an affinity for the course. It has to suit his eye given that he can shape the ball pretty much how he wants. However, he's been runner-up in his last two starts, both played on tree-lined courses. He's in good form. We just don't know if he'll psych himself out.
6. Rory McIlroy -- Under normal circumstances, we'd consider putting McIlroy at No. 1. However, McIlroy has been out of official action since a July 4 soccer injury. So, we're accounting for a round or two of ring rust before he could get back in the swing of things. Was T-3 here with Zach Johnson in 2010.
7. Justin Rose -- Rose said Sunday that he's playing the best tee-to-green golf in the world of late, and he's right. He has top-six finishes in four of his last five starts. He's just having trouble getting the flatstick to cooperate as much as he'd like. Rose has already won on a Dye course this year, in New Orleans, which should help this week.
8. Brooks Koepka -- Koepka is back to playing great golf. He's been in the top 18 in five of his last six PGA Tour starts, including a T-18 at the U.S. Open at T-10 at the U.S. Open. He's got the model of Martin Kaymer from five years ago.
9. Dustin Johnson -- We all know what happened to Dustin Johnson in 2010. But did you know that Johnson has shot 150 or worse on the weekend in his last two starts? Even if Johnson gets off to a good start, we're worried he'll melt down on the weekend. Depending on how much you value two or three good rounds, he may be worth a pick.
10. Hideki Matusyama -- The Japanese stud has only missed one cut all season and is brilliant from tee to green. However, his putting is lackluster. Hitting greens with precision is a big deal on Dye courses because it opens up hole locations. Perhaps ballstriking can mask Matsuyama's biggest deficiency.
11. Louis Oosthuizen -- Oosthuizen has been great in the majors this year, but his overall trend has been spotty. He throws up some good ones and some turds. He didn't make the cut here in 2010, but that was in the post-Open Championship win euphoria. He's risen to the occasion at the biggest tournaments, so he's worth consideration.
12. Patrick Reed -- We haven't talked much about Patrick Reed since March, but he deserves a look. He's missed just two cuts all year and is averaging a top-20 finish in the majors. He may not be spectacular, but he's reliable.
13. Henrik Stenson -- Stenson was a disaster here five years ago, but disregard that. He hasn't missed a cut all year, and after wading in the Sea of Mediocrity since March, he posted a T-6 finish at Firestone. He's a former Players winner, so he's not bad on a Dye course.
14. Martin Kaymer -- Kaymer posted a T-12 at the British Open, and he's the defending champion at this venue. His game has been suspect this year, but been much better of late. Nothing like good memories to inspire good play.
15. Shane Lowry -- The guy who wins the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational usually shows up to play well at the PGA Championship. Lowry isn't as consistent as a top-tier player should be, but he's approaching that echelon.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Jason Day -- $10,800
2. Justin Rose -- $10,000
3. Zach Johnson -- $8,400
4. Brooks Koepka -- $7,800
5. Tony Finau -- $6,800
6. Pat Perez -- $6,000
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