This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
Majors bring an extra level of excitement because there are so many golfers potentially in the mix. Sure, it would be nice if more of the top golfers in the world were in better form as we enter this year's PGA Championship, but that doesn't necessarily matter because form can turn on a dime. It's one reason why golf is so tough to predict. One week a guy is completely locked in and the next, he misses the cut. His skills didn't just leave him for good, they just left him for a day or two, but that's all it takes.
Golfers can be bad putters one week and phenomenal putters the next. A bomber off the tee who doesn't generally hit fairways can suddenly hit just about every fairway in a given round. That's stuff you just can't predict and it's partially why I don't get too caught up in which "type" of player a given major suits. You can fit any narrative to the winner after the fact, but the golfer who wins the next major is simply the guy who best put together all parts of his game.
That's not to say there's no hope for us. There are obviously things we can do to pinpoint the golfer most likely to be in perfect alignment prior to each major, but rather than focus on the top ball-strikers or putters, maybe it's best to just find the golfers who are closest to putting it all together.