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All eyes are on Vijay Singh after his win last week at Firestone CC. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

Field Study: PGA Championship

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Will we have four different major champions for the second straight year? Want to learn about the most likely candidates? PGATOUR.COM's Helen Ross evaluates every player in the field.

RankNameStartsBest Finish
2Phil Mickelson15Win (2005)
His putter and his driver let him down on the final holes at Firestone -- Oakland Hills won't allow for such lapses
3Padraig Harrington9T17 (2002)
The Dubliner, who geared his year toward the majors, appears to be handling the attention better after his second Open win
4Vijay Singh16Win (1998, 2004)
The big man from Fiji's six-week plan got off to a blazing start with Sunday's win at the Bridgestone Invitational
5Ernie Els15Third (2005, 1995)
He leads in career earnings at the PGA without a win and has three top-fives in his last four starts at the season's final major
6Sergio Garcia9Second (1993)
His win at THE PLAYERS shows he can step up in big events -- will this be the week he sheds the monkey on his back?
7Geoff Ogilvy5T6 (2005, 2007)
The talented Aussie has posted top-10s in his last three PGAs
8Adam Scott7T3 (2006)
He picked up his sixth PGA TOUR win earlier this year but hasn't been healthy of late
9Stewart Cink11T3 (1999)
A solid ball-striker who should contend, Cink has a win and six other top-10s this year -- not to mention, his Ryder Cup spot locked down
10Steve Stricker10Second (1998)
He appears to be back on track after a string of four missed cuts tempered strong start that featured top-10s in four of his first seven starts
11Henrik Stenson3T14 (2006)
His Ryder Cup spot secure, can the Swede capitalize on the momentum of that tie for third at Royal Birkdale?
12Lee Westwood11T15 (2000)
Look for the Englishman to contend -- he was one stroke out of the U.S. Open playoff and one stroke behind at Firestone
13Jim Furyk13T6 (1997)
This ball-striker with six top-10s in 2008 should do well this week and the son of a PGA club professional would be a popular champ
14K.J. Choi7T6 (2004)
He started quickly with a win in Hawaii but was a non-factor in the first two majors -- ties for 16th in his last two starts have him back on track
15Anthony Kim1T50 (2007)
This wunderkid who has won twice this season is a major-in-waiting and coming off a tie for seventh at Royal Birkdale
16Justin Rose5T12 (2007)
The young Englishman is trying to hold onto his Ryder Cup spot so a good finish at Oakland Hills would be key
17Kenny Perry17Second (1996)
Did last week's tie for 66th at Firestone signal the end of the hot streak for this three-time winner in 2008?
18Trevor Immelman5T6 (2007)
The Masters champ narrowly missed a second win of '08 in a playoff loss at Memphis but comes to Oakland Hills looking for consistency
19Miguel Angel Jimenez9T10 (1999)
The 44-year-old Spaniard is one of three players in the field with top-10s in two of the first three majors and a tie for 10th last week
20Rory Sabbatini8T74 (2005)
The brash South African hasn't had a top-10 since the Buick Invitational in January
22Robert Karlsson6T29 (2006)
Don't overlook this Swede, who is the only player to have top-10s in all three majors this year and nine overall on the European Tour
23Ian Poulter6T9 (2006)
The colorful Englishman finished second at the Open Championship and is highly motivated with the Ryder Cup on the horizon
24Stephen Ames7T9 (2004)
Two of his five top-10s have come in big events at THE PLAYERS and the Open Championship
25Aaron Baddeley3T55 (2006)
With the exception of the 2007 U.S. Open, the talented young Aussie has yet to find his way in majors
26Justin Leonard13Second (2004, 1997)
His 12th TOUR win came in a playoff at Memphis in June and he played solidly last week at Firestone with just one round over par
27Andres Romero2MC (2006, 07)
A streaky player, the Argentine rookie picked up his first win earlier this year in New Orleans
28Angel Cabrera8T19 (2000)
Those rounds in the 60s last weekend were his first in his last 18 on the PGA TOUR
29Robert Allenby14T4 (2003)
This solid ball-striker could certainly contend
30Stuart Appleby11T4 (2000)
He should be confident after his performance at Firestone
31Graeme McDowell3T37 (2006)
A win at the Barclays Scottish Open in June was his sixth top-10 of the season and appears to have him Ryder Cup bound
32Zach Johnson2MC (2005, 06)
The 2007 Masters champ dearly wants to make his second Ryder Cup team and at 14th in the standings he needs a big week
33Boo Weekley1T9 (2007)
One of the game's best ball-strikers will need to come to grips with his putter to contend this week
34Hunter Mahan2T18 (2007)
He was the runner-up to Ricky Barnes at the 2002 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills and he's coming off a tie for 10th at Firestone
35Retief Goosen10T6 (2005)
Once among the favorites at any event, the South African is beginning to show a return to form and tied for fourth last week
36Woody Austin7Second (2007)
At ninth in the Ryder Cup standings, Austin could use another week like last year's PGA
37Sean O'Hair3T12 (2006)
Ties for third and 12th show he's getting his game back as the Ryder Cup race heats up
38Mike Weir9Sixth (2006)
He's had three top-10s at the PGA and that tie for fifth at the RBC Canadian Open in his last TOUR start should give him a boost
39Martin Kaymer0N/A
He's in great position to make his first Ryder Cup team with two European Tour wins this year
40Tim Clark6Third (2003)
He'll need to find the fairway or Oakland Hills length could be a challenge for the South African
41Paul Casey6T40 (2007)
With a Ryder Cup berth on his mind, Casey's got top-10s in his last two starts at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational
42Brandt Snedeker1T18 (2007)
A week shy of his first TOUR title defense, the Huck Finn-lookalike has top-10s in two of the first three majors this year
43Scott Verplank14T7 (2001)
Another steady year for the Oklahoma State product who tied for 20th at the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday
44Soren Hansen2T43 (2002)
A win here would do wonders for his fading Ryder Cup hopes
45Oliver Wilson0N/A (2001)
He's been second four times on the European Tour this year and looks to have played his way onto the Ryder Cup team
46Rod Pampling5T14 (2003)
It's been an up-and-down year for the Aussie with five top-10s and nine missed cuts
47Richard Green3T40 (2007)
He hasn't played particularly well on this side of the pond but he has three top-10s in his last seven European Tour starts
48Fredrik Jacobsen3T17 (2004)
His only two top-10s of the season have come in his last two starts
50Niclas Fasth7T10 (2003)
Missed cuts in the last two majors and three in his last four starts don't bode well
51Ross Fisher0N/A
The 27-year-old picked up his first European Tour win earlier this year and was in the mix at the Open Championship until Sunday's 79
53Andres Hansen4T12 (2007)
Nearly picked up his third European Tour victory earlier this year, losing a playoff to Martin Kaymer at the BMW International Open
54Ryuji Imada1MC (2007)
He's got three top-20s at the U.S. Open but has missed the cut in his other two major starts
55Jeff Quinney1MC (2007)
He had a good run through Colonial with three top-10s but he's cooled off with a tie for 29th his best in the last six starts
56Camilo Villegas2T23 (2007)
His tie for ninth at the U.S. Open was one of three top-10s for the Colombian
57Nick O' Hern5T31 (2004)
Another solid year for the 36-year-old Aussie, but he's still looking for that elusive first TOUR win
58Chad Campbell6Second (2003)
He's playing his best golf of the season with two top-10s and nothing lower than 27th in his last five starts
59J.B. Holmes1T37 (2006)
He's got the length to handle Oakland Hills but he's not hitting fairways (53 percent) or greens (62) with regularity
60Bart Bryant3T32 (2007)
He hasn't had a top-20 finish since a third at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship
62Jerry Kelly11T26 (2001)
It's been feast or famine for Kelly with two ties for second and third in Hawaii but 11 missed cuts in 21 starts
63Pat Perez4T6 (2005)
He didn't find Royal Birkdale to his liking -- will Oakland Hills fit the bill better?
64Toru Taniguchi5MC (2001, 02,03,05,07)
He's got three top-10s on the Japan Tour but hasn't broken par at either major he's played this year
65Heath Slocum522nd (2002)
It's been a quiet year for the two-time TOUR champ although he's made the cut in all three majors
66Jeev Milka Singh1MC (2007)
He won his second European Tour event earlier this year and has top-10s in his last two starts
67Brendan Jones1MC (2004)
The well-traveled Aussie has played on three Tours this year with three top-10s in Japan
68Nick Dougherty3MC (2005, 06, 07)
Nick Faldo's protege hasn't finished higher than 53rd in his last six European Tour stats
69Peter Lonard7T17 (2002)
Three rounds in the 60s at Firestone last week show the Aussie's in form
70Carl Pettersson454th (2004)
The self-described Swedish redneck hasn't had much PGA success with three missed cuts but he's coming off a tie for 11th in Canada
71James Kingston0N/A (2003)
The South African won his first European Tour event this year but has never played in a major on this side of the pond
72Paul Goydos5T29 (1997)
His 15 minutes of fame may have continued but he's missed three cuts and WDed once in six starts since he lost the playoff at THE PLAYERS
74Mark Brown0N/A
The Kiwi has cooled off since winning his maiden European Tour title in March the week after a victory on the Asian Tour.
76Prayad Marksaeng0N/A
The 42-year-old from Thailand has two victories on the Japan Tour this year and four top-10s on the Asian Tour
77Ben Curtis5T34 (2005)
He'll be wearing Detroit Lions gear this week. Need we say more?
78David Toms11Win (2001)
This 12-time TOUR winner hasn't had a top-10 all season
79D.J. Trahan1MC (2007)
He's three spots out of an automatic Ryder Cup berth so this week is important
80Mark Calcavecchia20T4 (2001)
A tie for 14th in Canada ended a dismal stretch of six MCs and three WDs
81Charles Howell III7T10 (2003)
He needs to get back on track after missing the cut in the other three majors and THE PLAYERS
82Billy Mayfair17T5 (1990)
He's eighth in fairways hit and greens in regulation, which should play well at Oakland Hills
-- and coming off solo second in Canada
83Soren Kjeldsen0N/A (2007)
He's had another consistent European Tour but is missing a win and hasn't played since a missed cut at the Open Championship
84John Senden2T4 (2007)
He's tapered off after a solid start to the season and has four missed cuts and solo 76th in his last seven tournaments
85Colin Montgomerie162nd (1995)
His opportunities to win a major are dwindling
-- as are his chances to make the European Ryder Cup team
86Daniel Chopra2T41 (2006)
The reigning Mercedes-Benz Championship winner took two weeks off to re-tool his game and came back to tie for 14th at Firestone
87Darren Clarke9T9 (2000)
He won for the first time in five years earlier this year but his form had fallen off until last week's tie for sixth at the Bridgestone Invitational
88Peter Hanson2T23 (2007)
He's played in seven majors and made the cut in six but the Swede has yet to contend
89Ben Crane4T9 (2004)
He's cooled off after consecutive top 10s at THE PLAYERS and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
91Ryan Moore2T9 (2006)
He reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills
93Charl Schwartzel2MC (2006, 2007)
He's missed the cut in his last two starts
but those were preceded by two top-10s
94Kevin Sutherland10T8 (2007)
He ranks sixth in greens in regulation but 90th in putting once he gets there
96Steve Webster1T59 (2005)
The Englishman has three top-10s on the European Tour this year
97Briny Baird4T22 (2001)
He hasn't played in a major championship since 2004
98Alistair Forsyth1MC (2003)
Detroit is a long way from Portugal where he won and lost in a playoff in two events earlier this year
-- he hasn't cracked the top-20 since
99Tommy Armour III5T24 (1989)
Don't expect him to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who won the PGA in 1930
100Bubba Watson1MC (2007)
The big-hitter is 11th in greens in regulation but 154th in putting
101Peter Hedblom0N/A
He hasn't had a top-10 since he lost to Arjun Atwal in a playoff in Malaysia in March
102Jonathan Byrd4T20 (2006)
Will that tie for 14th in Reno signal a resurgence?
103Steve Flesch10T10 (2005)
That tie for fifth at the Masters is his only top-10 and the highlight of his year
183Louis Oosthuisen2T68 (2006)
A product of the Ernie Els Foundation, this young South African hasn't had a top-10 since the first week of February
105Jason Bohn2T34 (2007)
He hasn't played since his missed cut at the U.S. Open
107Scott Strange0N/A
This two-time Asian Tour winner picked up his maiden victory in Europe this year
108George McNeill0N/A
This former club professional would be an interesting winner for the PGA of America's showcase event
109Ken Duke1T18 (2007)
He could be a sleeper with four finishes among the top 18 in his last five starts, including second in Milwaukee
111Hiroyuki Fujita0N/A
He's won six times in Japan, including once this year, but this is just the second major appearance of his career
119Simon Dyson1T6 (2007)
Don't look for a repeat of last year -- he's missed four cuts in his last six starts
120Dean Wilson4T29 (2006)
He's tied for third in two of his last four starts
121Brian Gay3T22 (2001)
His first PGA TOUR win came in Mexico this year and he's played solidly since
123Tom Lehman14T10 (1997)
Less than a year away from his 50th birthday, Lehman has two top-10s in 2008, one of which was a tie for sixth at THE PLAYERS
124Mathew Goggin0N/A
Goggin is relatively untested on this kind of stage with a tie for 36th at last year's U.S. Open his best in six major starts
125Steve Marino0N/A
He's coming off a tie for third in Canada, one of three top-four finishes for the UVa product
127Steve Elkington15Win (1995)
Don't count this Aussie out
-- he's got seven top-20s this year, including last week, and tie for second at the 2005 PGA
129Johnson Wagner0N/A
His win in Houston opened up a new world of possibilities
131Pablo Larrazabal0N/A
The European Tour rookie from Spain picked up his first win in France in June but has not finished higher than 70th since
141Cliff Kresge0N/A
Kresge was the third alternate for what is just his fourth major until Vijay Singh won the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday
145Fred Couples23Second (1990)
The 48-year-old has three top-10s but can he follow in Greg Norman's footsteps?
149Davis Love III21Win (1997)
He's a round away from a really good finish this year and a tie for 19th at Royal Birkdale was notable
150Tom Pernice Jr.8T23 (2005)
He played well on a major venue earlier this year, finishing tied for ninth at Congressional
154John Merrick0N/A
He tied for sixth at Torrey Pines in just his second major appearance
161John Mallinger0N/A
This is just the fourth major of his career
163Parker McLachlin0N/A
He's playing his seventh straight event after winning in Reno last week to earn his spot
164Charlie Wi0N/A
This is his first appearance in a major of any kind
171Vaughn Taylor3T28 (2005)
The two-time Reno champ has struggled this year with just one top-10 and seven missed cuts in 22 starts
181Nicholas Thompson0N/A
The first alternate will be making just his second appearance in any major and first at the PGA
184Chris DiMarco9T2 (2004)
He's took a rare lesson after missing the cut in Canada and he's coming off his best finish of the year
-- a tie for 12th at Firestone
185Chez Reavie0N/A
People finally learned how to pronounce his name after his win in Canada a couple of weeks ago.
188Corey Pavin18Second (1994)
The 48-year-old vet hits fairways and greens but Oakland Hills may be too much course for him
217Greg Kraft6T23 (1998)
The 44-year-old vet picked up his first TOUR win in Puerto Rico this year but he's playing in just his second major since 2000
224Michael Allen2T61 (1993)
He's 29th in fairways hit and 20th in greens in regulation but his putter has held him back
284Richard S. Johnson4T17 (2005)
His win in Milwaukee this year came out of the blue -- breaking a string of six missed cuts in his previous seven starts
274Rich Beem7Win (2002)
He has not a single top-10 this year so don't expect the former PGA champion to be displaying his dancing skills again
287J.J. Henry3T41 (2006)
Eleven missed cuts in 23 starts aren't helping this 2006 TOUR champ in his quest to keep his card
322Bob Tway22Win (1986)
The 49-year-old showed he still had game when he tied for fourth at the Buick Open this year
338Todd Hamilton5T29 (2003)
He hasn't had a top-20 all year although he did make the cut in the three previous majors
417Michael Campbell10T6 (2005)
A shadow of the man who won the 2005 U.S. Open has only made checks in four of 14 starts this year on the European Tour
664John Daly16Win (1991)
He's missed the cut in his last six starts on TOUR and WD-ed from the seventh so don't expect another Cinderfella story
791Paul Azinger21Win (1993)
This 48-year-old Ryder Cup captain will be more than an interested bystander but don't expect him to contend
852Mark Brooks20Win (1996)
This former PGA Champion hasn't made a cut in his last eight starts
N/AJay Haas27T5 (2003)
The two-time Senior PGA winner fits the major mold this year -- he's coming off an injury and he's 54
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