Johnson looking for second Major of 2016 at Baltusrol
Thanks to the rescheduling of the calendar to accommodate this year’s Olympic Games golf tournament, this year’s final Major comes just a fortnight after the Open Championship. For many of the big names ,this means the third and fourth Majors of the year are back-to-back events.
With Henrik Stenson’s win still fresh in the mind, a strong field heads to Baltusrol, New Jersey for the US PGA Championship. Keep reading for our 2016 US PGA Championship betting preview.
US PGA Championship betting – your favourites
The US PGA is often won by a player in red-hot form, and that was the case a year ago when Jason Day followed up his Canadian Open triumph with a victory at Whistling Straits. The Australian comes into this tournament after an excellent twelve months which have seen him rise to the top of the world rankings.
Day leads the PGA Tour in ‘strokes gained: putting’ which is to his huge advantage on a course as tough as Baltusrol. He’s also won a Tour event this year and has finished in the top ten at five of the last six Majors.
Day is 17/2 to retain his title.
US Open champion Dustin Johnson is the form player in world golf at the moment and, as Baltusrol is expected to play like a US Open course, this could be DJ’s week yet again.
His recent performances have been nothing short of spectacular, and he has eight top five finishes in his last eleven events (the other three were a T28, a T12 and a T9). That means you’d have benefited from a ‘win’ payout twice and an ‘each-way’ profit on six occasions in the last few months.
Johnson finished just a shot behind Jhonattan Vegas in Canada last week for a share of second place and he looks terrific value at 15/2 to win another Major this week.
Rory McIlroy has a brilliant record at the US PGA having won the event twice and finishing in the top ten on a further three occasions. The Irishman comes into the event in decent form having posted six straight top 15 finishes worldwide.
If there was one doubt about McIlroy it would be that his Major wins have tended to be when he has been able to post low scores (his four Major wins were at 16, 13, 17 and 16 under par). Baltusrol is expected to be a much tougher challenge and Phil Mickelson won the 2005 PGA at this course in just four under.
Still, the 27 year old has an excellent PGA record and is 9/1 to win.
Jordan Spieth may have finished outside the top 25 at the last two Majors but was in good touch at the Bridgestone and he ranks third on Tour in adjusted scoring and fifth in ‘strokes gained: putting’. The young Texan was runner-up at the PGA last year and is 14/1 to win this week, as is Open champion Henrik Stenson.
Some outsiders to follow in the each-way US PGA Championship betting
The last three Majors have all been won by first-time champions and that trend could well continue at Baltusrol. Another experienced pro who is overdue a big win is Sergio Garcia who ticks all the boxes in terms of age, form and big-game experience.
The Spaniard has recorded five top-five finishes in his last six starts worldwide, which is terrific form to take into a tournament like this. You’d have got an each-way payout on four of his last six starts (and a win payout in the other) and the 35 year old came close to winning this title when he shot one under par to finish two shots behind Padraig Harrington in 2008.
Garcia has won tournaments where he has been forced to grind out a result (he finished third in the recent Open de Espana with a score of +3) and has already won a Tour event in 2016. He looks terrific each way value at 25/1.
An Englishman has never won this event since it became a stroke play tournament in 1958 but young Tyrell Hatton is a decent long shot to end that wait this week.
The 24 year old has been in stunning form in recent weeks, finishing second at the Scottish Open before earning a share of 5th place at Troon. He has recorded six top-15 finishes in his last nine starts and made an assured debut at the US PGA a year ago when he finished inside the top 25.
Hatton sits just outside the world’s top 50 and is a massive 175/1 to win.
Brandt Snedeker has long been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour and the world number 21 is an excellent bet this week. He satisfies lots of the criteria for a US PGA winner in that he comes into the tournament in good form (his T5 at the Canadian Open last week was his third straight top 25 finish) and he has won a Tour event in 2016.
He has eight top ten finishes in the Majors, including a T10 at this year’s Masters, and his last two appearances at this tournament have resulted in a T13 and a T12. He has the all-round game to make an impact this week and he looks great value at 51/1.
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