August 10, 2015

PGA Championship Betting Preview – Thursday 13th August by @BannersBets

PGA Championship Betting Preview – Live from 19:00 on Sky Sports 4

The fourth and final major of the 2015 season gets underway on Thursday, the PGA Championship. Defending champion, Rory McIlroy features after being side-lined for a month with an ankle injury and the Northern Irishman is second in the betting behind the world number two, Jordan Spieth. Interestingly, last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational results might help us find this week’s winner, the last eight PGA Championship winners finished inside the top 25 at Firestone Country Club the week before winning, therefore recent form is crucial.

Located in Wisconsin, Whistling Straits hosts the PGA Championship for a third time and is the venue of the 2020 Ryder Cup. Vijay Singh shot 8 under par to win around Whistling Straits in 2004 and Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson in a playoff in 2010 to win his first major. The course is a par 72 that measures 7,790 yards and Rory McIlroy said “Whistling Straits is as close to a links-style course as you’re going to find in America”. The links-style Straits Course is nestled along two miles of the Lake Michigan Shoreline and recent links form is relevant. The fairways are generous and the course is long, therefore the big hitters have an advantage, although I wouldn’t rule out the shorter drivers straight away, Zach Johnson finished 3rd in 2010.

Recommended Bets

Justin Rose – Justin Rose is playing better than any player in the world from tee to green and I think he’s a very fair price at 20/1. The Englishman has had a successful season thus far, he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and tied for 2nd in the Masters. Since then, he’s continued playing some excellent golf, Rose has finished 2nd, 27th, 6th, 4th and 3rd in his last five starts and ranked 1st in strokes gained from tee to green last week, therefore his game is evidently in great shape. Finally, Justin Rose has a good record in the wind and on links courses, he won the Scottish Open last year and finished 6th in the Open Championship last month.

3pts each way @ 20/1

 

Rickie Fowler – I’m surprised Rickie Fowler can be backed at 25/1 this week, he’s already won twice this year and one of those victories came in the Scottish Open, which is played on a links golf course. Fowler also finished 2nd in the Open Championship in 2014, this indicating that he likes and can perform well in links conditions. The American comes into this week in good form, he tied for 2nd in the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago and finished 10th in last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

2.5pts each way @ 25/1

 

Branden Grace – Branden Grace is a six time winner on the European Tour and initially I thought he’d struggle in American, however that hasn’t been the case. The South African tied for 7th in the RBC Heritage earlier this year and finished 4th at Chambers Bay (links course) in the US Open, therefore he can clearly compete with the best players in the world. More recently, Grace has finished 20th in the Open Championship and he tied for 17th last week which leads me to believe that 80/1 is a price well worth backing.

1pt each way @ 80/1

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @BannersBets.

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