US PGA Championship Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
August 07, 2017
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US PGA Championship 2017 Betting Tips
The 2017 edition of the US PGA Championship is the 99th PGA Championship and it is set to take place between August 10th and 13th at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Though Quail Hollow Club is a regular stop on PGA tour, this will be the first major it has ever held.
Last year’s tournament was held at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey where Jimmy Walker picked up his first tournament success one stroke ahead of 2015 winner Jason Day. In the field, 12 former US PGA champions will be performing, with 1991 champion ‘Long John’ John Daly entering the market at a lofty price of 1500/1 with Bet365. Walker and Day will be taking part once again, along with fellow previous winners Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson and two time winner Rory McIlroy.
Despite no major win since August 2014, McIlroy is currently the shortest in the odds at 8/1 with Coral. His record at the PGA is pretty astounding after eight years of competing, with five top eight finishes, four top three finishes and two Championship wins to his name – although he failed to make the cut in last year’s event. Still, two top seven finishes in two of the three previous majors this season is very persuasive. To add to that, McIlroy has tasted success on this course in the past with a Quail Hollow Championship victory in 2010. He is very much a worthy favourite here and should be backed heavily.
In the Open Championship a few weeks back, McIlroy finished up in fifth place but would’ve needed something incredible to catch up to winner Jordan Spieth, who fancied -12, three ahead of Matt Kuchar in second and seven shots better off than McIlroy. Spieth enters the betting at 10/1 with Betfred, currently second favourite to win here. The 24 year old has only ever taken part in four PGA tournaments, resulting in two missed cuts, one thirteenth place and a runners-up medal. At such short odds, Spieth isn’t very appealing.
One to consider backing each way is Branden Grace, available at 80/1 with William Hill. Grace has had a topsy turvy year and played quite poorly at Bridgestone over the weekend, but the South African is the sort of player we believe has a ‘major victory in him’, so to speak. He earned a top six finish at the Open Championship last month and earned top three and top four finishes in his last two PGA tours. The 29 year old is improving year-on-year and will undoubtedly be in the running once again at his favourite major.
Our final tip is young Belgian Thomas Pieters, who performed remarkably well at Bridgestone, earning a fourth place finish. His previous PGA tournament performance wasn’t particular impressive, but he has made the cut in five of his six tournaments this year, with top five finishes in three of them. At 60/1 with Paddy Power, Pieters represents strong each way value.