2009 PGA Championship

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I'll be stunned if Tiger Woods doesn't win the PGA Championship, and I've got a feeling it's not going to be all that close. (I'm not jumping on the Tiger bandwagon; through 70 PGA Tour victories, I've never gotten off.)

Woods has only had three major-less seasons since he turned pro in 1997, and his game seems honed to a fine edge. Last weekend's 65-65 finish gave him his seventh career win at Firestone, and he seemed to be in complete control of the ball for most of the final two rounds. Historically, it's been a pretty easy call to make — when Tiger plays near his best, he wins. It's as simple as that. He's won five times this year, including four of his last six appearances. At what point do you acknowledge that whatever he's doing, it's working?

Hazeltine is very similar to Firestone, a course Woods practically owns, and he has history in Chaska he'd like to erase. In 2002, Rich Beem played out of his mind to beat Woods in the PGA Championship here. This week has Tiger Woods and major championship No. 15 stamped all over it. For fun, though, here's a quick look at who else could be a contender.