This week sees the start of the second major of the year, the US PGA Championship. This comes after a rejig by the US golfing authorities who have moved this tournament from its traditional August slot to May.
This tournament is being held at the notorious Bethpage Black on Long Island in New York. This is a monster of a course, playing over 7,400 yards, and is likely to play all of that distance given the wet, and now chilly, Spring in the region. This tends to suggest big hitters will have a distinct advantage this week.
Defending champion and joint favourite is Brooks Koepka, who warmed up for this event with a fourth place at the Bryon Nelson last weekend. This guy smashes it off the tee and also has an impressive record in the majors – winning three of the last seven, and finished second at Augusta. We’ll take advantage of Betway’s offer of paying out if our selection leads after any of the four rounds, and take the 10/1.
The other joint favourite is Dustin Johnson. Another player who launches off the tee and makes the game look easy at times, it’s important to remember DJ has only ever won one major despite all the hype. Of course he could win, but we prefer to take our chance with Koepka.
The majority of the focus this week will be on Tiger Woods after his magnificent victory at the Masters. However, we think this course will be less forgiving of an errant drive than Augusta and we’ll leave alone. Similarly Rory McIlroy as his short game still needs work, in our opinion.
Looking further down the list, Bryson DeChambeau has been slightly off form of late having missed the cut at the RBC Heritage. However, he’s had a break since then and this type of event will grab his attention. He has the game to do well here and we now have a price to have fun with.
Another player that takes our fancy is Scott Piercy. The American finished joint second last weekend, so is clearly in form, and seems to do well at this type of tricky courses. His best results in the majors are second in the US Open in 2016 and fifth in this event in 2013. He tees off in the opening group on Thursday and so will have the course at its most pristine. We’ll take a punt at a large price.
Our final selection is someone who we’ve been keen on this season. Aaron Wise is long off the tee, full of the confidence of youth and is likely to outperform his triple digit price.
Koepka to win, 1 pt, at 10/1, Betway
DeChambeau 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, bet365
Piercy 0.5 pts each way at 125/1, 1/5 the odds for the first seven places, Betway
Wise 0.5 pts each way at 125/1, 1/5 the odds for the first seven places, Betway
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