Prediction: 2018 PGA Championship

August 8, 2018

For the first time in our 10(?)-ish year history, LG and I will be collaborating on our predictions for this major in-person. Also, we have a couple of guest predictions to see how a newbie does against the experienced guessers (my money is on much, much better).

JK
Winner: Jordan Spieth
Winning Score: -19
Runner Up: Rory McIlroy
Low PGA Professional: Johan Kok
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Luke List
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Thomas, OWGR #2) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10
The Master’s Winner (Reed, #12) Will: Top 10
The US Open Winner (Koepka, #4) Will: Make Cut
The Open Champion (Molinari, #6) Will: Make Cut
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Top 10
Justin Rose (#3) will: Make Cut
Rory McIlroy (#5) will: Top 10
Jon Rahm (#7) will: Miss Cut
Jordan Spieth (#8) will: Win
Rickie Fowler (#9) will: Top 10
Jason Day (#10) will: Make Cut
Tiger (#who cares) will: Make Cut
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 6
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? -15? someone wins it
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Spieth completes the career slam

LG
Winner: Justin Thomas
Winning Score: -14
Runner Up: Rory
Low PGA Professional: Brian Smock
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Shubhankar Sharma
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Thomas, OWGR #2) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Win B2B
The Master’s Winner (Reed, #12) Will: Yell at a cameraman for jingling change. MC
The US Open Winner (Koepka, #4) Will: MC
The Open Champion (Molinari, #6) Will: Make Cut
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Make Cut
Justin Rose (#3) will: Make Cut
Rory McIlroy (#5) will: Top 10
Jon Rahm (#7) will: Top 10
Jordan Spieth (#8) will: Top 10
Rickie Fowler (#9) will: Make Cut
Jason Day (#10) will: MC
Tiger (#who cares) will: Make Cut
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 4
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Thomas goes out and wins it
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Bellerive sucks, just like the TaylorMade High Toe wedge.

KB (guest post)
Winner: Jason Day
Winning Score: -20
Runner Up: Sheffaffle.
Low PGA Professional: Someone I’ve never heard of.
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Thorbjorn ❤
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Thomas, OWGR #2) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Self combust from too many consecutive interviews. Make Cut.
The Master’s Winner (Reed, #12) Will: Do better than anyone wants him to. Top10.
The US Open Winner (Koepka, #4) Will: Try to keep up with his playing partners. Top10.
The Open Champion (Molinari, #6) Will: Fizzle out. Make Cut.
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Be average all week then come out of nowhere Sunday to finish just short of the W. Top10.
Justin Rose (#3) will: Come back from injury too early. MC.
Rory McIlroy (#5) will: Top10.
Jon Rahm (#7) will: MC.
Jordan Spieth (#8) will: Make Cut.
Rickie Fowler (#9) will: Shoot low round at least two days and high round at least one. And be distracted by his fiancée the whole time. Make Cut.
Jason Day (#10) will: T10.
Tiger (#who cares) will: Keep losing swing speed until I beat him in a long drive contest. Make Cut.
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 4
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Win
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Players sweat straight through their long pants.

TG (guest post)
Winner: Xander Schauffele
Winning Score: -9
Runner Up: Tommy Fleetwood
Low PGA Professional: Michael Block
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Russel Henley
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Thomas, OWGR #2) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10
The Master’s Winner (Reed, #12) Will: Miss Cut
The US Open Winner (Koepka, #4) Will: Make Cut
The Open Champion (Molinari, #6) Will: Make Cut
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Top 10
Justin Rose (#3) will: Top 10
Rory McIlroy (#5) will: Make Cut
Jon Rahm (#7) will: Miss Cut
Jordan Spieth (#8) will: Make Cut
Rickie Fowler (#9) will: Make Cut
Jason Day (#10) will: Top 10
Tiger (#who cares) will: Top 10
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 4
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Everyone blows up
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Tiger with ladies of the evening

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