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We're keeping an eye on former PGA Champoins Phil Mickelson (above), Davis Love III and Rich Beem, who tee off on the 10th tee at 8:45 a.m. ET.

Groups we're watching: Round 1

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Wondering who to keep an eye on during Thursday's opening round of the 90th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills? Here are three groups you should definitely follow.

All times are Eastern.

Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Rich Beem
Tee time: 8:45 a.m.
Tee: No. 10
Total TOUR wins: 56
Why you should watch: Been there, done that -- as in, been to the PGA Championship, won the PGA Championship. All three of these players can boast that distinction. Love won his PGA at Winged Foot in 1997. Beem took his in 2002 at Hazeltine. Mickelson snagged his in 2004 at Baltusrol. As far as what you should look for with this trio, Mickelson obviously jumps out. He had a chance to win last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, but bogeyed the final two holes on Sunday when a pair of pars would have been enough for a playoff. Meanwhile, Love and Beem are two players trying to find their respective games. While they haven't been playing lights out, you can never overlook past champions when it comes to the majors.

2008 stat comparision
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.

Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera, Padraig Harrington
Tee time: 1:15 p.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 7
Why you should watch: This is a major pairing -- literally. Immelman took home the Masters in April. Cabrera won the U.S. Open in 2007. Harrington is just a few weeks removed from his second Open Championship win in as many years. Plenty of eyes will be on these three. Both Cabrera and Immelman have struggled with their games since their major triumphs (to his credit, Immelman did make it into a playoff at Memphis before Justin Leonard came out on top). Harrington wasn't quite on his game last week at Firestone, but who could blame him? He still had the Open Championship hangover going. You need to keep an eye on these guys because you can usually rely on the recent major champions to be the pace-setters.

2008 stat comparision
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.

Kenny Perry, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose
Tee time: 2:05 p.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 18
Why you should watch: He's back in a major! After deciding not to try and qualify for the U.S. Open and passing up on a spot in the British Open, Kenny Perry will finally be teeing it up in a major -- his first of 2008 (he wasn't eligible for the Masters). The three-time winner in 2008 will be someone that everyone is watching. It will, however, be interesting to see how Perry bounces back after a less than stellar tie for 66th at Firestone, which was easily one of his three worst finishes of 2008 thus far. Goosen has proven time and again that he can step it up for the big tournaments -- two U.S. Open wins and two top-4 finishes in World Golf Championships events this season, including a tie for fourth last week at Firestone. Rose is famously still trying to snag that first TOUR win, but is certainly the type of player with the pedigree to be able to pull it off at a major.

2008 stat comparision
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
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