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Deep field to tackle PGA Championship

Deep field to tackle PGA Championship

Wed August 8, 2012 11:11am

THE strongest field ever put together for a tournament will tackle one of the most challenging golf courses in the United States when the 94th PGA Championship begins this week.

All 100 of the top ranked players in the world will tee it up at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for the final major championship of the season.

It is the first time that the top 100 have played in the same event since the world ranking system came into effect in 1986.

With the last 16 majors having been won by 16 different players and this field being what it is, Tiger Woods warned not to be surprised if another first-time major winner emerges from the pack.

"Golf is getting deep," said Woods, who is chasing his 15th major title.

"There are so many guys with a chance to win. That is how the sport is. The margins are getting smaller.

"There may be 16 different winners but you look at the cuts. The cuts are getting lower. The scores between the leader and the guy who is 70th, sometimes it is 10 shots or less which is amazing.

"If you have got margins that are that small, you're going to get guys who win once here and there."

The tournament begins tomorrow night (AEST) and a lot is going to depend on the weather at Kiawah Island's The Ocean Course, which at 7900 yards (7224m) was recently rated by Golf Digest to be the most difficult course in America.

The wind usually blows in off the Atlantic Ocean but thunderstorms and heat might play an ever big role this week in how low scores go.

"It doesn't look like we are going to get dry weather this week," Woods said during the practice day.

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