Expert Picks: PGA Championship

The season’s final major kicks off this week, for the PGA Championship at the majestic Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is all set minus Tiger Woods, who was granted a medical exemption to try and regain fitness in time for Thursday’s start. This week also sees another golden opportunity for players to gain valuable Ryder Cups on both sides of the pond. Open Championship winner Rory Mcilroy heads into the week being an obvious favorite. He followed up his major triumph with victory at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational, and like the Open Sergio Garcia finished one place below Mcilroy. But can Sergio or the rest of the field stop him this week?

Phil Mickelson is having nowhere near the year he was hoping for heading into this week. He is yet to register a top 10 finish on the PGA tour this season, but has only missed three cuts. Last week, Mickelson stated after his third round “it would be out of nowhere for me to play well.” Sure enough he followed that with a 62 that moved him up 29 spots for a T15th finish! Mickelson has made all Ryder Cup and President Cup teams since 1994, and that’s not a record he will be wanting to give up. We expect a strong performance from Phil this week and at 28/1 he is great value for such a champion.

As hard as it is to believe, Matt Kuchar is still major less throughout his stellar career. He has finished inside the top ten in every major, and has been in contention heading into the weekend multiple times. Kuchar heads into the week in form sitting 4th on the FedEx Cup rankings, having won the RBC Heritage and multiple top 10’s since. He is currently 4th on tour for scoring average, and 10th for scrambling. At 30/1, and 6/1 place he offers great value for a plyer who is so often a top major leader boards.

Our value tip of the week is American Bill Haas who is have a decent year on tour. He has three top 10 finishes, and sits 34th on the FedEx Cup standings. Haas has been lethal out of the bunkers this season ranking 6th on tour in sand saves with an average of 7’ 4” left to the hole from the sand. Other than that he has a solid all-round game, and sits 31st on tour for all-around ranking. You may remember Haas opened the Masters with a fabulous 68, but faltered in his 2nd round and this will have been a great learning experience for him. At 100/1 or 25/1 place he offers a solid chance and a nice price.

Tiger Woods needs no introduction or stats to back up his brilliance. Down to ‘sub-tiger’ form and a few injuries, it has seen him drop down betting tables. But for most likely the first time in his career, he enters the week at odds of 40/1, and should he play that amazing odds for a 14-time major champion. It’s a great bet to take a chance on, given if he withdraws you get your money back!

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