The season's final major starts one week from today. That's hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday Greg Norman was on the verge of winning this year's British Open, only to falter in the final round. In the end, Padraig Harrington won his second consecutive Claret Jug and will be a favorite next week at Oakland Hills. My most recent memories of Oakland Hills aren't real positive. It was the sight of Europe's blowout Ryder Cup victory in 2004. Nonetheless, it's a great golf course and will do its part to make next week's PGA Championship an exciting one.
As for storylines, there are plenty heading in. A certain contender for PGA Tour Player of the Year will be teeing it up in a major for the first time this season. It's about damn time by the way. Also, with Ryder Cup picks coming in the next few weeks, there are heavy Ryder Cup implications at the year's final major championship. I'll talk about that and more as we gear up for glory's last shot.