Expert Picks: PGA Championship
The season’s final major starts Thursday for the PGA Championship at the beautiful Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The course plays host to the tournament for the third time in 11 years, with the most recent being held in 2010 when Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff to win his first major. This week also sees the return of World No.1 Rory McIlroy who has recovered from ruptured ankle ligament injury, and he will be keen to defend his title and with it his world ranking.
Jason Day has been so close on so many occasions at majors, but surely he will claim one soon? Performances of late would agree with that, with the Australian recorded 7 top-10 finishes this year, including 2 win. In 2010 Day was a shot off the lead late on Sunday, but a double bogey on 9 meant he slipped back and finished T-10th. The near misses including this year at The Open should be a learning experience for him to be able to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy this Sunday, and the bookies agree offering just 14/1 for victory.
Bubba Watson enters this week on the back of 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes, and familiar number for the left-hander, who lost in a playoff to Martin Kaymer here back in 2010 to finish 2nd again! Bubba has already won twice this year, and has recorded an additional 5 top-10 finishes, performances which see him sitting 2nd on the FedEx Cup standings. Currently ranked No.3 in the world, Bubba is decent value at 20/1 to capture his third major title.
Justin Rose has been very constant of late having recorded finishes of top 6 or better in his last 3 starts, including a T-3rd finish at last weeks WGC Bridgestone. The Englishman has an additional 3 top-10 finishes, including a win back in April at the Zurich Classic. Rose current sits 4th on tour for total driving and ball striking, both will be very important for his quest for a second major. The World No.6 is currently paying 20/1 for victory this week.
Brooks Koepka like the rest of my picks is in great form coming into this week with the American finishing inside the top-20 in his last 5 starts, including a T-6th finish last week. Koepka has 6 top-10 finishes this year including a win at the Waste Management Open. Koepka current ranks 6th for driving distance and 5th for strokes gained putting on tour. The World No.20 offers great value at 45/1 to win his first Major Championship.