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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Shaun Micheel
With numerous first-time major winners arising in past weeks, we can look to this years PGA Championship to house a perfect opportunity for another first-time winner to be victorious.
Michael Riek ranks the field at this year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits where Jordan Spieth will look to capture his third major of the year.
Rory McIlroy couldn't be playing much better heading into the season's last major, but which golfer has the best shot to knock him off at this week's PGA Championship?
Tim Clark doesn't hit it long, but he hits it straight. And driving accuracy is what golfers will need for this week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Tiger Woods is coming off his fifth victory of the season, but his year won't be complete without a major. Can he capture this week's PGA Championship?
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It seems strange that a golfer who won the PGA Championship a few years back would be happy to simply end the season in the top 125, but considering the trouble Micheel has had since that monumentous victory, it's the truth. For this first time since 2007, Micheel earned enough money to retain his playing privileges. He accomplished the feat by making the cut in 67 percent of his starts and finishing the season with three top-10s. The future isn't exactly bright for Micheel, though - we likely will never look at his major victory as anything but a fluke. But he's certainly capable of sticking around on the PGA TOUR the next handful of years. Micheel's stats are pretty poor overall, though he managed to crack the top 50 in putting last season.
To say that Shaun Micheel's game went the wrong way after his major win at the 2003 PGA Championship is an understatement. His game hit a low point in 2005 when he failed to earn $500k. He rebounded well the following year, and seems to be on his way back. On his way back to what is the question. He was not an established player when he won the PGA Championship, and other than a runner-up finish at the 2006 PGA Championship, he's accomplished little. He might find the magic at some point in 2008, but he's never going to be a consistent player. Micheel had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in May 2008; they also found some bone fragments and bursa problems which were unexpected. He is not expected to be back in action until April, 2009.
Micheel arose from a two-year slumber in 2006 and became a factor once again. Well, at least for one important week he was a factor. He again saved his best performance for the PGA Championship, finishing runner-up to Tiger Woods. Micheel went on to finish the season strong, earning a top-10 and a couple top-15s. Here again is a situation of a player playing his best golf at the year's end. In Micheel's case, he seems to be a streaky player who can get it going for weeks at a time. The problem is rarely has he shown his best form before August. It's hard to have players like that on your team, guys you can't count on until late in the summer.
You don't normally see major winners on a sleepers list, but there were quite a few surprise major winners a few years back and most of them have fallen hard. Anyhow, it has now been two full seasons since his major win and he needs to refocus. He should do enough to improve on his 2005 numbers.
The surprise PGA championship from 2003 has to improve his game to match the $1.8 million from last year. The only problem is, he had not shown much of anything prior to the PGA last year.
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Micheel finished tied for 52nd in last week's Web.com Tour event, the Chile Classic.