2017 US PGA Championship Picks
When you think of the US PGA Championship, there are a few memorable moments that spring to mind. Who can forget four-time winner Tiger Woods’ miraculous bunker shot on the 18th in 2002? You know, the one with the downhill lie where he used a three iron and ranks as one of his greatest ever shots? What about this miraculous bunker shot from 1986 hit by Bob Tway?
We could go on and on. 2017 promises to throw up some incredible golf, and the Quails Hollow course in North Carolina will provide a great test for the world’s best players. There is sure to be plenty of drama, and with no clear favourite heading into the tournament it really could go to any player, not just one of the top ten. Below is the list of odds according to Bet365.com.
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Who Will Win the 2017 PGA Championship?
The favouritism for the outright PGA Championship winner is split between three very impressive golfers in Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, and the odds you can get for each are still quite tantalising. It is always a long shot when picking the winner of a major tournament, however note that the above odds reflect an each way market, meaning you will still get some money back if your choice finishes in the top five.
Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth
Rory McIlroy heads into this tournament as the slight favourite, which is surprising considering he is yet to win on the PGA Tour in 2017 and has not been in the best form.
He did finish in a tie for fourth at the recently completed British Open and certainly showed signs that he is capable of a similar display in North Carolina, and he has also parted ways with his caddie which could signal an upturn in performances.
McIlroy does have history on his side – he has won the tournament twice already and has also won the Wells Fargo Tournament that is held at the same course on two occasions – He will surely look to those performances to draw inspiration when he heads to the first tee on Thursday. At odds of +700, he is not a short-priced favourite so it is not a bad idea to jump on the Northern Irishman.
Jordan Spieth is next on the list and you can get great odds for a golfer that is in the best form out of anyone on the PGA Tour at present. While his start to the season was plagued with inconsistency, he has really come to the party recently; Spieth has won both of the last two tournaments he has featured in and looks to be playing about as well as he did in his breakout season in 2015. The recent win in the Open Championship gave him a third major trophy and eleventh career win on tour. He has now finished top two in all four majors, and only needs to win at the PGA Championship to achieve a career slam.
Spieth will be buoyed by the fact that he has jumped from nowhere to the top of the Fed Ex Cup standings and should come home with a wet sail. He is a great pick at +750.
Dustin Johnson’s Looking Over His Shoulder
Dustin Johnson completes the trio and the current world number one will be looking over his shoulder as Jordan Spieth rockets back up the rankings. He has already been overtaken in the Fed Ex Cup standings by Spieth and will need a solid showing at the PGA Championship to regain his throne. Johnson has been one of the more consistent golfers over the last 12 months, which is one of the reasons why he has topped the official world golf rankings since February 19th.
However, his performances at the last two majors (he was cut at the US Open and finished in 54th place at the British Open) do not suggest he is on top of his game. He is still a chance, but his odds don’t really stack up compared with Spieth or McIlroy.
Aside from the top three, Jason Day stands out as a possible contender and is certainly due for a big performance. While he has slipped in form over the last six months and dropped to seventh in the world rankings, he does have a good history at the tournament, beating Jordan Spieth in 2015 and finishing runner up in last year’s edition. His odds of +2000 are certainly tempting.
In spite of winning the 2017 Masters and jumping to fifth in the offical world rankings, Sergio Garcia finds himself at tenth on this list at outsider odds of +2800. The Spaniard certainly has the pedigree to win the tournament and would not be the worst bet. He has a great chance of finishing top ten, so that’s another option you could take if you think Sergio is a good prospect.
PGA Championship Betting Tips
As always, there are a number of enticing betting opportunities at all of the leading sportsbooks, and you don’t have to stop at simply placing a wager on who you think will win the tournament. The top companies will allow you to pick who you think will place in the top three, top five, top ten and even whether your player will make the cut at all of the major tournaments, and this is a great way to put your knowledge of world golf to the test.
For example, you will always get low odds on a favourite like McIlroy, Spieth or Johnson to make the top ten, but you can always count on an outsider or two to join them in the money list. A solid option is Ricky Fowler who has previously won a PGA Tour event at the same course. Research the players in form, and take a punt on a less-fancied player to really strike it rich at the golf!
Also, you should never underestimate the power of a live bet. You can bet during rounds with all the best betting companies, which is a major advantage when the favourite starts slowly and his price begins to rise. By biding your time and being patient, you can really take advantage of the odds on offer. Regardless of how you like to bet, you can be sure that our selection of great sportsbooks will enable you to pick a winner in what ever field you wish.
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