By DAVID LAMM
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is hot.
World No. 2 Justin Thomas is, too.
But who couldn’t see Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, John Rahm or Justin Rose winning this week’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Golf Club in St. Louis?
I haven’t even mentioned this year’s major winners: Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francisco Molinari.
What if Jordan Spieth gets his putting straighten out? Would you be surprised if Bubba Watson, Ricky Fowler or Tommy Fleetwood won? What about Tony Finau? He’s had top-10s in all the majors this year.
In all, there are 156 players in the field. There are 20 club pros who qualified and a few others, but the remainder all are capable of winning.
Think about guys like Brian Harman and Zach Johnson. Consider the number of Asian players who’re now contending each week of the PGA Tour.
Of course I know I’ve left out someone you like.
Listen, I’ve covered professional golf for 50 years and there’s never been this many quality players on the various worldwide tours. Indeed, the global aspect is a factor in the growing number of top-notch golfers.
Damn, I’ve mentioned 16 players and haven’t mentioned you-know-who.
Okay, he’s capable of winning, too.