Europeans to end major drought?

2006-08-17 09:08

Chicago - There are a record number of European Tour pros in the 88th PGA Championship but it remains to be seen whether one can break through and snap the continents drought in a major.

Europeans have been shut out in major championships since 1999 when Paul Lawrie won the British Open. Denmark's Thomas Bjorn has three runner-up finishes in majors.

This is one of the finest assortments of European pros at a PGA Championship and if they find their form then Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie and Luke Donald all have a good shot at ending the drought.

"When you come out on the tour you think you are going to rip the world apart," said Garcia, who finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at the same Medinah course in the 1999 PGA Championship.

"As you keep playing you realise how many good players are out there and how many players actually can win a tournament that single week.

"Somebody needs to get that good week where everything goes his way and you make some good putts and everything falls into place."

A total of 48 European Tour members made the trip to Chicago including eight who will be making their debuts in the event.

Ireland's Paul McGinley withdrew on Monday to attend the funeral of the wife his close friend and fellow golfer Darren Clarke.

Europeans are dominant in Ryder Cup but that hasn't translated into success in the majors.

"I feel really good about my game and I think I am very confident," said Harrington, who plans to donate his winnings to breast cancer research in honour of Clarke's late wife Heather who passed away Sunday.

"I have played far more golf this year than last. Going into this tournament I am much better than I was last year.

"This is not a golf course you need to play over and over. It is a traditional mature golf course that plays itself."

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