PGA Tour: Scottie to shine at Southern Hills…

Thursday sees the start of the second major of the year, with the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma hosting the U.S. PGA Championship.

The course has had a significant revamp since Tiger Woods won the U.S. PGA here in 2007, with it becoming a long, punishing venue that requires accurate approach-play and sharp scrambling.

World no. 1 Scottie Scheffler starts as favourite following his stunning victory at Augusta. He also won a college event here in 2015 and has complimented the changes to the layout, calling it his favourite course. He is in the form of his life having won four of his last seven tournaments as an individual, and we think 12/1 represents value for him to win the second of this season’s majors.

We also think that Shane Lowry will be suited by this course, given he is fourth on the PGA Tour for strokes gained on approach, while he can always be relied upon to scramble well. He has been in solid form all season, finishing third in the Masters in April, and then occupied the same position in the RBC Heritage the following week. We look for the Irishman to lead the European challenge, and will take the 8/1 on offer that he finishes top European.

Finally, we’re going to take a punt on Matt Kuchar as our outsider. The experienced American can usually be relied upon to finish in the money, and that’s largely because of his excellent scrambling skills – he leads the PGA Tour this year as far as that stat is concerned. We don’t think he will win, but he could scramble into a place at a large price.

Recommendations:

Scheffler to win, 1 pt, at 12/1, William Hill

Lowry to be top European, 1 pt, at 8/1, SkyBet

Kuchar 0.5 pts each way at 125/1, 1/5 the odds for first 10 places, SkyBet

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