USPGA Championship 2013

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Rory McIlroy won the USPGA Championship last year. Picture: Getty Images/

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He may have won this event twelve months ago, but Rory McIlroy  goes into the USPGA Championship this week with little expectation after failing to discover his best form during the current season. The former world number one is yet to win in 2013 and hasn’t finished in the top ten in any of his past four events on the PGA Tour. His performances in the majors this year have hardly been noteworthy either, with his tie for 25th at the Masters followed by a tie for 41st at the US Open and a missed cut at The Open last month.

Four time winner Tiger Woods  will go into the tournament confident of winning his first major since claiming the US Open in 2008 after scoring a stunning seven stroke victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last week, his fifth success of the year. The 14 time major winner doesn’t have fond memories of the Oak Hill Country Club however, with his only previous visit to the course resulting in a 39th place finish at the 2003 PGA Championship won by compatriot Shaun Micheel .

2011 champion Keegan Bradley  and British Open runner-up Henrik Stenson  go into the event in great form having finished in a tie for second behind Woods last week, with the latter filling a place for the third week in succession.

Adam Scott  will tee off alongside Justin Rose  and Phil Mickelson  for the first two rounds of the tournament, with the USPGA continuing the tradition of grouping the year’s three major winners together for the opening half of the event. Scott’s compatriot Jason Day  appears to be the other leading contender from Australia despite a poor showing at Firestone last week, with the 25 year-old already boasting two top three finishes in majors this season.

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