The US PGA starts on Thursday and another four days of top class golf is in prospect in the quest for the season’s final major. All eyes will be on Tiger Woods as he bids to halt his major-less streak with victory at Hazeltine.
But take Tiger out of the field for Hazeltine and betting on the winner of the US PGA is wide open. Tiger, who has recorded back-to-back victories since missing the cut at the Open is a best priced and rather paltry looking 19/10 with William Hill to win the tournament, with the remainder of the field priced at 20’s or longer, meaning there’s a lot of value bets to make the frame.
Lee Westwood, who is in good form just now is attractive at 30/1 with Hills and Sporting Bet. Westwood had a solid Open championship and finished strongly at Firestone after an indifferent opening two days. Depending on each-way terms offered – likely to be around six places – Westwood could be good value at around 5/1 to finish towards the top of the leaderboard although you can still get 20’s on him finishing the winner without Tiger Woods.
Skybet offer prices on players to finish inside or outside of the top twenty and Phil Mickelson looks an attractive proposition to miss out on a top twenty finish at odds of 6/5. Mickelson made his return to the competitive stage at Firestone where he finished down the field and his game looked rusty in areas. There’s a suspicion the US PGA may come too soon for ‘Lefty’, but given his performance under similar circumstances at Bethpage he may relish the opportunity.
Padraig Harrington, the defending US PGA champion, is available around 25/1 following his spectacular collapse at Firestone. While he could bounce back, there’s no telling how Firestone could have affected him mentally and is best left alone.
US Masters champion Angel Cabrera has also been playing well, and the 9/4 available from Paddy Power and Sky Bet about the Argentinian claiming a top-20 place looks rock solid. He is a best priced 11/2 with William Hill to achieve a top ten finish.
With doubts surrounding the participation of Paul Casey in the tournament – he has delayed a decision on his fitness until Wednesday – the top European place could also be filled by Westwood at a best priced 7/1 (Coral), while Sergio Garcia – perhaps the best player never to have won a major – can be backed at 12/1 to finish top of the European pile although 45/1 is available about the Spainard going one better than 2008’s runners-up spot.
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