Justin Thomas is bidding to defend his PGA Championship title as the final major of the year gets underway in St Louis on Thursday
Ahead of the tournament, we take a look at three dark horses who could upset the odds.
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The American has been superb this season, with top-10 finishes in the three major events this year – T10 at Augusta, fifth at Shinnecock Hills and T9 at Carnoustie. In ten major tournaments, the Utah native has missed the cut twice, with one coming at the PGA Championship in 2016. His overall record in 2018 is rock solid, recording six top-10s and five top-25s in 18 starts, including second place at the Genesis Open. If he can gather some momentum, he could take over the fast greens with his powerful game.
Last five tournaments: 1-T13-MC-MC-T31
The two-time major winner has posted only one top-5 and one top-10 finish this season, including a win at the Travelers Championship. And although he has missed three cuts in six tournaments, his game could be a threat on the fast greens of Bellerive this weekend. At 39, the gritty Florida man still has buckets of playing ability in him and enters this weekend ranked 35th on scoring average.
Last five tournaments: T13-T26-T6-T35-T39
The Swede has not missed the cut since the Valspar Championship in March and enters the final major of the year first in greens in regulation percentage and second in driving accuracy percentage. The 42-year-old has top-10 finishes in two of the three majors in 2018. The only question is whether the world No17 can continue the momentum, or whether his heroics will catch up with him during a busy spell.
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