The plurality of respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll-30 percent-predict Phil Mickelson will win the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
Five-time major winner Mickelson, who won the British Open on July 21, is second in the Official World Golf Ranking behind fellow American Tiger Woods. (Click here for video of Mickelson.)
Slightly more than one-quarter of Snap Poll respondents picked Woods. Though he hasn't won a major in five years, Woods is pursuing his 15th major title. He is coming off a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
Reigning Masters champ Adam Scott rounded out the top three with 7 percent. He won his first major at Augusta National in April.
The first players teed off Thursday morning at the much-anticipated PGA Championship. Ninety-nine of the top 100 players on the current Official World Golf Ranking are competing for the Wanamaker Trophy.
This is the third time Oak Hill has hosted the PGA Championship. In 2003, Shaun Micheel-winless in 163 PGA events and ranked 169th in the world-captured the Wanamaker Trophy with one of the most memorable clutch shots in the tournament's history, securing the win on the 18th hole.
It is estimated the PGA Championship will generate nearly $80 million for the local economy, including $7.3 million in additional tax revenue. Twenty percent of respondents expect the championship to mean additional revenue for their business, either directly or indirectly.
Sixty percent of respondents plan to attend the championship at Oak Hill this week.
Roughly 405 readers participated in this week's poll, conducted Aug. 5 and 6. Readers picked their favorite among the top 25 in the current Official World Golf Ranking. Fifteen of those golfers, listed here, received at least five votes.
Who do you think will win the 95th PGA Championship?
Phil Mickelson: 30%
Tiger Woods: 26%
Adam Scott: 7%
Matt Kuchar: 5%
Rory McIlroy: 5%
Bubba Watson: 3%
Hunter Mahan: 3%
Keegan Bradley: 3%
Brandt Snedeker: 2%
Lee Westwood: 2%
Justin Rose: 2%
Jason Day: 1%
Jason Dufner: 1%
Henrik Stenson: 1%
Sergio Garcia: 1%
Do you plan to attend the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club this week
(practice or championship rounds)?
It is estimated the PGA Championship will pump nearly $80 million into the local economy.
Directly or indirectly, is the championship generating additional revenues for your business?
We're all so lucky to have such a beautiful course and such beautiful weather right here in our own backyards. I loved it at Ryder Cup time.
Tiger. He is a jerk, but he is the best until he is a "was."
Dustin Johnson has made a few errors in recent championships that have cost him the titles. I think he may be over those problems and will win this year's PGA.
—Al Schnucker, Schnucker Packaging Inc.
Oak Hill is the perfect venue for major tournaments, and the Greater Rochester area knows how to handle the influx of visitors quite nicely.
—Daniel Mossien, architect
(Henrik) Stenson is really playing well lately. He will keep it in the fairway and make the key putts. My Swedish flag will be proudly hoisted Sunday night. Tak sa mycket (thank you very much in Swedish).
—Robert "Swede" Peterson, Kodak retiree
I can't think of one negative aspect of this first-class event. (Nearly) $80 million pumped into the economy, millions of people watching from around the world and learning about Rochester, the excitement it creates. Whether you golf or not, it still created a buzz that nobody can ignore.
—Rich Calabrese Jr.
Rochester is the only city ever to host a major championship for both men's and women's golf in one year. It's great for Rochester to have an event that brings in so many of the greats and top players in a sport. I live on the west side, so the traffic isn't even a problem. For a week I can always take my visitors to Wegmans other than the Pittsford Wegmans.
—Clifford Jacobson M.D., Vanguard Psychiatric Services PC
As supervisor of Brighton, I welcome the fans of the PGA to enjoy the many fine shops, spas and restaurants in Brighton, just a short nine iron from Oak Hill. I also know that many of the corporate sponsors of the tournament regularly relocate employees to the Rochester area, and when they do, the high-quality schools and beautiful neighborhoods and our diversity make Brighton a natural choice!
—Bill Moehle, supervisor, Town of Brighton
For more tournament coverage, go to RBJ Extra: The 95th PGA Championship.
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