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US PGA Championship 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Sergio Garcia (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Sky Bet
Jim Furyk (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Coral

Venue

US PGA TrophyAs befits a major championship venue, Baltusrol is an extremely demanding test with challenges to frustrate the very best players in the world. This New Jersey course has hosted the US Open 7 times and staged its first PGA Championship in 2005, when Phil Mickelson won with a four-under par total. The hazards are many and varied, from tight fairways and sloping greens to numerous blind or partially-blind approaches, while nobody reached the green at the monster par-five 17th in two blows until John Daly did so in 1993. Pictured above is the par-three fourth hole, featuring a tee-shot over water to a walled green, where many come to grief.

Favourites

After a stunning run of form in which he captured his first major title at the US Open together with the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Dustin Johnson is the favourite for the US PGA Championship 2016 at 8/1 across the board. Johnson, who made it five top 10s in succession and eight in his last 10 starts with a share of ninth place at Troon, loves the sort of testing conditions Baltusrol will provide, as he has shown by posting three consecutive top five finishes at the US Open and back-to-back top 10s at this event. Rory McIlroy is a two-time winner of this championship, in 2012 and 2014, and has also twice finished third and the four time major champion, who finished 5th at Troon, is available at 9/1 with Sky Bet.

Baltusrol is said to be like a typical US Open course and defending champion Jason Day has finished in the top 10 at the last four editions of that tournament – the Australian can be backed at 10/1 with BetVictor. Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and the US Open in 2015 before finishing second to Day at this event, is at 14/1 with BetfredBetVictor and Ladbrokes, while the Open champion Henrik Stenson, who we tipped at 30/1 for Royal Troon, is a 16/1 shot with most firms.

Tips

Sergio-GarciaSERGIO GARCIA‘s career timeline is littered with top 10 finishes in the majors, including back-to-back fifth places at both the recent US Open and Open Championships, but the Spaniard is still missing a victory at one of the big four events. With his game in great shape though, including a recent win at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the World no. 10 ranked player should relish the scrap in these tough conditions and he looks a great each-way bet at 33/1. You have the choice of taking a quarter odds over five places with either Ladbrokes and Betfair, or 1/5 odds over seven places with Paddy Power.

Adam ScottIt’s a wonder ADAM SCOTT doesn’t have more than one major title to his name, with the Australian’s sole success coming at the Masters in 2013. Since 2011 he has finished 15th or better at 15 of the 23 major tournaments, including four in succession at the PGA between 2011 and 2015. He has also relished the test of the US Open, finishing 9th, 4th and 18th in the last three years. Having won both the Honda Classic and the Cadillac Championship earlier in the year he remains among the game’s elite players and he should be backed at 33/1 with Sky Bet, who are another paying out seven places.

Jim FurykIf this week’s winner is likely to be someone who enjoys toughing it out in conditions typical of the US Open, then JIM FURYK looks an outstanding each-way bet at 80/1 with Coral. The veteran American, who won the US Open back in 2003, was second at Oakmont in June – the 7th time that he has posted a top-5 in that event. He also has six top 10s on his record at the PGA, including both 2013 and 2014. What’s more, he’s fully recovered from the injury problems which kept him off the PGA Tour earlier this year.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Sergio Garcia (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Sky Bet
Jim Furyk (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Coral