The 2011 PGA champion posted four rounds in the 60s last weekend en route to tying for fourth place at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That was his sixth top-10 finish of the season, one of which came at the U.S. Open, where he shared fourth. Bradley missed the cut at the Masters and tied for 19th at the Open Championship. Bradley has made the cut in all three PGA Championship appearances, with his tie for 19th last year being his worst finish.
Day withdrew early in the third round in Akron last week with a bout of dizziness. He has been hit or miss at the PGA Championship with two missed cuts and a pair of top-10 finishes. The Australian has battled a lingering thumb injury all year. He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but that is where he was injured. Since then, he shared 20th at the Masters, fourth at the U.S. Open and 58th at the Open Championship. His share of fourth at Pinehurst was his best finish since winning the match play.
Dufner is struggling as he heads to Valhalla to defend his crown. He failed to break par in any round at Firestone last weekend, and owns just four top-10 finishes on the season. Since losing in a playoff to Adam Scott at Colonial, Dufner shared 19th at the Memorial, missed two cuts and finished outside the top 50 in his other two events. Two of his three missed cuts this year came at the first two majors. He is still looking for his first win since he won at Oak Hill last year.
Age: 25 Country: USA World Rank: 18th Appearances: 4 Cuts Made: 3 Rounds played: 14 2013 Finish: T19 Best Finish: T19 (2013) Low Round: 68 (Two times - most recent R2 '13) Scoring Average: 72.14 Money Won: $125,892
The hottest player without a win this season, Fowler is the only player to finish inside the top 5 at each of the first three major championships. Fowler has four straight top-10 finishes to raise his total to seven. He has made the cut in three of his four PGA Championship starts and his share of 19th last year was by far his best finish at the seasons final major.
The 2003 U.S. Open champion has seven top-10 finishes this season, including three runner-up finishes. Furyk was second at the Wells Fargo Championship, the Players Championship and at the Canadian Open. He has improved his finishes at the majors as the year has gone on. He tied for 14th at the Masters, shared 12th at the U.S. Open and was fourth at the Open Championship. Furyk has made the cut in 16 of his 19 PGA Championship appearances. He shared 17th in 1996 at Valhalla, then tied for 72nd in 2000.
Garcia is coming off his third runner-up finish in his last four starts. He has lost his last two starts by a total of four shots, and finished behind Rory McIlroy at the Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Spaniard won in Qatar earlier this year, then missed the cut at the Masters. Garcia tied for 35th at the U.S. Open, but has finished inside the top 15 in his last four starts. He tied for 34th at Valhalla in 2000. Garcia tied for second in 2008, but has missed the cut at three of the last five PGA Championships.
Age: 38 Country: USA World Rank: 14th Appearances: 10 Cuts Made: 7 Rounds played: 34 2013 Finish: T8 Best Finish: T3 (2010) Low Round: 68 (R4 - '13) Scoring Average: 71.91 Money Won: $930,104
The 2007 Masters champion got off to a fast start in 2014 as he won the Tournament of Champions and followed with two more top-10 finishes. Since then, Johnson has only two more top 10s and has been a non-factor in the majors. He missed the cut at the Masters, then shared 40th and 47th at the U.S. Open and Open Championship. He tied for eighth at Oak Hill last year and has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five PGA Championships.
Since winning the U.S. Open in impressive fashion, Kaymer has broken par in just four of 14 rounds. He had broken par in 17 of 24 rounds prior to that lull. Kaymer was a non-factor in the other two majors, but did win the Players Championship by one over Jim Furyk. The 2010 PGA Champion has missed the cut in three of his six PGA Championship appearances. Along with his win, Kaymer also had a top 10 at Hazeltine in 2009, where he shared sixth.
Kuchar leads the PGA Tour with 10 top-10 finishes, but has just one in his last seven starts. Earlier in the year, he ran off four straight top-5 finishes, including a win at the Heritage. Like Kaymer, Kuchar has made the cut in three of his six PGA Championship starts. Those three have come in his last four starts, and he finished inside the top 20 each time. Kuchar's finishes in the majors this year have gotten progressively worse, with a tie for fifth at the Masters, a tie for 12th at the U.S. Open and he shared 54th at the Open Championship.
Since tying for 28th at the U.S. Open, McDowell has run off five straight top-10 finishes, including his second straight win at the Open de France. In those five events, he is 41-under par. McDowell has finished inside the top 20 in four of the last six PGA Championships, but he has been in the top 10 on the leaderboard after just three of 28 rounds at the PGA Championship.
The hottest player on the planet, McIlroy has won his last two starts, including winning the third leg of the career grand slam at the Open Championship. McIlroy has broken par in 12 of his last 14 rounds and is 38-under par in those starts. The 2012 PGA champion has four top-10 finishes in his five PGA Championship starts. Won the BMW PGA Championship earlier this year and also has a pair of runner-up finishes. Thanks to his win in Akron last week, McIlroy enters the PGA as the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Despite closing with a 62 in Akron, Mickelson still hasn't posted a top-10 finish this season on the PGA Tour and he hasn't won since earning his first Open Championship title last year. He missed the cut at Augusta and finished outside the top 20 at the other two majors. The 2005 PGA Champion has only one top-10 finish at the PGA since that win and is 25-over par in those eight PGA Championships. However, he has made the cut in 20 of his 21 PGA Championship starts and shared eighth and ninth the last two times Valhalla hosted the event.
Age: 34 Country: England World Rank: 5th Appearances: Cuts Made: 6 Rounds played: 34 2013 Finish: T33 Best Finish: T3 (2012) Low Round: 66 (Two times - most recent R2 '13) Scoring Average: 72.29 Money Won: $786,960
Rose won back-to-back starts at the Quicken Loans National and the Scottish Open. Those were his first wins since he won the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. The Englishman has made the cut in only six of his 11 PGA Championship starts. Rose tied for third in 2012 as he closed 70-66. At the 2008 PGA, Rose was in second place after two rounds, but finished with rounds of 74 and 71 to slide into a tie for ninth. He has broken par in five of his last eight rounds at the PGA and in 11 of his last 16 rounds overall.
Age: 34 Country: Australia World Rank: 2nd Appearances: 13 Cuts Made: Rounds played: 46 2013 Finish: T5 Best Finish: T3 (2006) Low Round: 65 (R1 - '13) Scoring Average: 71.43 Money Won: $1,476,202
Scott won at Colonial earlier this year, and has finished inside the top 10 in each of his last five starts. In his title defense at the Masters, Scott finished tied for 14th, which is his worst finish in a major this year. He opened 65-68 last year, but faded into a tie for fifth as he finished last year's championship 72-70. Scott has finished tied for 11th or better in the last three PGA Championships.
Age: 21 Country: USA World Rank: 11th Appearances: 1 Cuts Made: 0 Rounds played: 2 2013 Finish: Missed cut Best Finish: Missed cut (2013) Low Round: 74 (Two times - most recent R2 '13) Scoring Average: 74.00 Money Won: $0
Spieth tied for seventh at the John Deere Classic, but that was his first top-10 finish since the Players Championship. He did finish second at the Tournament of Champions and at the Masters. Spieth missed the cut in his lone PGA Championship start last year and is still searching for his second tour win after having won the 2013 John Deere. He has finished inside the top 25 in three of his seven championship starts.
Stenson won the season-ending tournaments on both the PGA and European Tours in 2013, but is winless this season. Since the calendar flipped to 2014, he has six top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in Germany. The Swede has made the cut in five of his seven PGA Championship starts and has finished inside the top 6 in three of the last four PGAs. He has made the cut in all three majors, with a share of fourth at the U.S. Open being his best finish.
The semi-retired Stricker has just one top-10 finish in 10 starts this year. He shared 31st at Augusta and 21st at Pinehurst, then skipped the Open Championship. He tied for 26th at Valhalla in 1996, then missed the cut in 2000. Stricker has made the cut in 11 of his 16 PGA Championship starts, including his last four in a row. In those four, he finished inside the top 20 each time.
Walker took advantage of the PGA Tour's new wrap-around season by winning three events between October and February. The only problem is that he has just three top-10 finishes since winning at Pebble Beach. Two of those top 10s came in the seasons first two majors. Walker is playing his fourth PGA Championship. He made the cut in one of the previous three.
Age: 35 Country: USA World Rank: 7th Appearances: 7 Cuts Made: 4 Rounds played: 22 2013 Finish: Missed cut Best Finish: 2nd (2010) Low Round: 68 (Four times - most recent R4 '12) Scoring Average: 72.55 Money Won: $1,018,348
Watson won twice earlier this year, including at the Augusta, where he won for a second time. Between Phoenix and the Memorial, Watson had five top-3 finishes in eight starts. Since ending third at the Memorial, Watson has ended outside the top 15 in his five starts and he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. He lost to Martin Kaymer in a playoff in 2010, but he missed the cut in three of his other six PGA Championship starts.
The four-time PGA Champion is a big question mark after hurting his back at Firestone last weekend. As he left the course, Woods indicated that the injury was to a different area of his back than what was operated on earlier this year. In 2000 at Valhalla, Woods led after the first three rounds before Bob May caught him in the final round and forced a playoff. Woods beat May by one stroke in that extra session to repeat as champion. He hasn't finished inside the top 10 since 2009, when Y.E. Yang snapped Woods' streak of winning every time he owned the 54-hole lead in a major.
World Rankings as of June 6th, 2014 Appearances are through the 2013 U.S. Open Photographs provided by Getty Images