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2006 PGA ChampionshipWith U.S. Open Week in full swing we asked The Golf Channel's Mark Lye, Frank Nobilo and Brian Hewitt, and TheGolfChannel.com's Mercer Baggs to answer a few questions about the season's second major.
 
Which is more likely: Tiger Woods wins his second straight at Medinah or Phil Mickelson successfully defends his PGA Championship crown?
 
Mercer Baggs
Easily Tiger. If he plays the way he has in his last two starts then he will be impossible to beat.
 
Brian Hewitt
Tiger Woods is playing with the kind of confidence that made him so dominant in 2000. Plus, he's already won a major (the 1999 PGA) on this course. Tiger is as close as you can get to being a prohibitive favorite.
 

 

Outside of Tiger and Phil, who has the best chance to win this week?
 
Mercer Baggs
Jim Furyk is a good bet, as he usually is. He won his lone major in the Chicago area in the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. Hes finished in the top 5 in each of his last four starts, which includes the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
 
Brian Hewitt
I fancy the chances of Jerry Kelly. He's had a couple of advance looks at the golf course, and he is playing in a rich vein of form. Plus, he has the incentive of being No. 12, currently, on the Ryder Cup point standings.
 

 
Will Sergio Garcia, who burst onto the scene at Medinah in the 99 PGA, ever win a major?
 
Mercer Baggs
Hes got too much talent not to. Most likely, he will win his first major by hanging around after three rounds, and then posting a nice Sunday score to steal away victory from faltering leaders. Playing from the front is not his strength at the moment.
 
Brian Hewitt
Not until he becomes a better putter. There is no guarantee that will ever happen
 

 

The PGA has had its share of surprise winners, who could it be this year?
 
Mercer Baggs
Picking a dark horse is pure pot luck, but Ill go with Sean OHair. He has been playing better of late, tying for 14th at Royal Liverpool and then earning his best finish of the season in his last event at the Buick Open, a tie for fourth.
 
Brian Hewitt
Surprise winner? Geoff Ogilvy might surprise people by winning. He won't surprise me. Kelly will surprise everybody but Kelly if he wins. Keep an eye on Henrik Stenson. He drives it long and straight.
 

 

Who has the best chance of sneaking into the top 10 on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list by tournaments end?
 
Mercer Baggs
With all of the points up for grabs this week, a player can make a huge move and qualify for the team. Davis Love III would seem a good pick, but I dont know if he has it in him right now. Ill go with Lucas Glover.
 
Brian Hewitt
I still think Stewart Cink could sneak into the top 10 with a big week. But he will have to putt better at Medinah than he has previously this year.
 

 

 
Who would you take as your two captains selections for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, which will be finalized after the PGA?
 
Mercer Baggs
If the team were to remain as it is now, I would go with Stewart Cink and um I have no idea. The names Love and Couples stand out ' and Lehman will probably take Love ' but Im not a fan of either one. The only other option for experience is Scott Verplank, and that doesnt raise the blood pressure either. Why not go with Jerry Kelly, who will provide whatever pride and fire that has been missing since the death of Payne Stewart?
 
Brian Hewitt
Davis Love and Scott Verplank. Love because of his experience; Verplank because he makes putts.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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