PGA Championship: Golfers to watch

Tiger Woods was dominant last weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational, but many golfers appear poised to give the world No. 1 a challenge at this week's PGA Championship, the final major of 2013.

Woods, Mickelson on roll entering season's final major

The 95th PGA Championship begins Thursday on the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., with Tiger Woods's attempt at his first major tournament victory since 2008 garnering a lot of attention.

Woods was dominant last weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational, where his seven-stroke win was highlighted by a second-round 61 that matched his career-low score.

"I've certainly had my share of chances to win," he told reporters on Tuesday. "The key is to keep giving myself chances, and eventually I’ll start getting them."

Woods has nine top-10 finishes in 17 majors since he won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008.

But he isn’t the only golfer playing this week. Woods’s longtime foe, Phil Mickelson, recently won the Scottish Open and the Open Championship.

Mickelson appeared to welcome a showdown with Woods.

"If I can play as well as I can at the same time he’s doing the same, I would love that opportunity," said Mickelson, who has four top-three finishes in his past nine majors.

Adam Scott and 2013 Canadian Open champion Brandt Snedeker also are peaking at the right time, Matt Kuchar seems poised to win a major and Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan have the skill set to contend on the 7,145-yard layout.

Each is featured in our gallery above of golfers to watch this week.