Final chance for world’s best to taste Major success in 2015
The 97th US PGA Championship tees off in Wisconsin this week and there’s a terrific field at Whistling Straits for the most lucrative of golf’s four Majors.
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy resume their rivalry but as Shaun Micheel, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner have proved over recent years it can be an unpredictable tournament. Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 US PGA Championships.
Distance not a huge help at Whistling Straits
It’s the third time that Whistling Straits has hosted the PGA Championship and the Pete Dye creation is a stock par 72 reading 7,501 yards on the scorecard.
The course averaged 0.92 strokes over par in 2010 and sand is a huge hazard here. The final par-4 hole features an infamous bunker which has caught many players out over the years.
Distance off the tee isn’t a huge advantage here and course management is more important. Of the 11 golfers who finished inside the top 10 here in 2010, all were inside the top 30 in Greens in Regulation. By comparison, six ranked inside the top 30 in distance and only four were among the top 30 in fairways hit.
Your golf betting favourites
After six top ten finishes in his last seven tournaments it is no surprise that Jordan Spieth is the favourite to add a third Major title to an impressive 2015.
The 22 year-old leads the PGA Tour in par-4 scoring, par breakers, fewest putts and adjusted scoring and lands in Wisconsin on the back of a solid T10 performance at the Bridgestone last weekend. Spieth is the 6/1 favourite.
Having missed some important tournaments due to an ankle injury Rory McIlroy will return to action this week and the 26 year old has won two of the last three US PGA Championships, including last year’s title.
McIlroy hasn’t played since his T9 finish at the US Open in mid June and it will be interesting to see how he goes at 10/1.
This tournament provides yet another opportunity for Dustin Johnson to finally win the Major his talent deserves and the American is the 16/1 fourth favourite. However, Johnson hasn’t broken par in the third or fourth rounds in his last three starts and was 11 over par for his final 36 holes in Ohio last weekend.
A better bet might be Jason Day. The Australian has finished T28, T9 and T4 in the three Majors so far this year and won the Canadian Open a couple of weeks ago. The world number five ranks second in the PGA Tour all-around and first in birdies or better and can break his Major duck at 49/4.
Some outsiders to consider
Every time a Major comes round Hideki Matsuyama demands consideration – and for very good reasons. Before his disappointing T37 last weekend he had recorded 11 consecutive top 25 finishes around the world and he has finished in the top 18 at each of the three Majors so far this year. The 23 year old is hugely consistent and sits fourth in the Tour all-around rankings.
We thought his game might be perfect for the US Open at Chambers Bay but he should once again go well here. The 40/1 on offer is great value.
The last two PGA Championship winners at Whistling Straits (Martin Kaymer and Vijay Singh) both finished in the top 30 at the previous two Majors and had at least one victory already that season.
A man who ticks all of these boxes is Brooks Koepka and we have been following the 25 year old for a few weeks now. He has recorded top 20 finishes in his last five events around the world including an excellent T6 at the WGC Bridgestone event last weekend.
Koepka is one the best all-round players in the world game at the moment and can go well at 39/1.
A 74 in his final round at St Andrews meant that Marc Warren finished just outside the top 30 at the Open but that followed up a T27 at the US Open and the Scotsman has three top four finishes to his name this year.
Warren is statistically the best putter on the European Tour (of those with more than 20 rounds) and has finished in the top 15 in his only two previous appearances at the US PGA with a stroke average of 69.1. Shane Lowry proved last week that talented Europeans can beat the world’s best in the US and Warren is exceptional each way value at 220/1.
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