Somehow, the PGA Championship seems to produce champions who rank among the unexpected. For instance, like defending champion Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley. Remember Y.E. Yang and Shaun Micheel? While everyone else touts the usual suspects for this week’s PGA Championship, here are five players who are flying under the radar. One of them could be this year’s Dufner or Walker.
Matt Kuchar – Kuchar has to wonder what he has to do to win one of these things. If not for Spieth’s otherworldly turnaround at the Open Championship, Kuchar might have been Champion Golfer of the Year for his first major. But he has the perfect game for Quail Hollow – straight and steady – and would fit the mold of a PGA Championship winner.
Charlie Hoffman – One of the great stealth players on Tour, Hoffman has the knack of appearing on leaderboards, seemingly out of nowhere. He lost in a playoff to Jhonattan Vegas at the RBC Canadian Open and has yet to win on Tour this year. That could all be solved this week.
Daniel Berger – Berger has a victory this year and might have had two if not for Jordan Spieth’s bunker hole-out in the playoff for the Travelers Championship. Berger is sneaky good at a lot of things and has enough game to sneak past all the bigger names this week.
Kevin Kisner – Perhaps the most underrated player on the PGA Tour, Kisner won at Colonial earlier this year, one of the great courses for shotmakers. Kisner has more than enough game to navigate his way around Quail Hollow. He’s not a great putter but if scores turn out to be higher than normal, Kisner could be a good bet.
Kevin Chappell – Chappell won the Valero Texas Open two weeks after a top 10 in a major – a tie for 7th at the Masters. He tied for fourth at the FedEx St. Jude after having a chance to win and had another chance at the RBC Canadian Open but shot 71 in the final round. Once Chappell figures out how good he is, he will win a lot. Maybe even this week.