Our PGA Golf Tips for this round at TPC River Highlands course show an interesting spread. It may only be a short par-70 at 6,844 yards but it has favoured the long hitters over the years. Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson among the notable former champions, with Watson defeating Paul Casey in a playoff to claim the title for the second time in June 2015. After his disappointing week at Shinnecock Hills, Jordan Spieth returns to defend the title he won in a play-off against Daniel Berger 12 months ago. This event is traditionally well-attended, with only the Phoenix Open drawing bigger crowds. The course winds through woodland, skirting plenty of water hazards, with the final four holes all playing around a four-acre lake to make for a dramatic finish.
TPC River Highlands Favourites
There’s little to choose between a group of star players at the top of the betting market for this event. The PGA Golf tips deal with back-to-back US Open champion Brooks Koepka and world number two Justin Thomas marginally ahead of the rest at odds of 12/1* with most firms. Rory McIlroy had a miserable week at Shinnecock Hills, missing the cut after an opening round of 80, but he’ll be hoping to get back on track here and is at 14/1* with Betfred. Defending champion Spieth is at the same price across the board, while Masters champion Patrick Reed is at 18/1* with Paddy Power and Betfred after his strong finish to the second major of the year on Sunday. Jason Day and Casey are also available at 18/1*, before a jump to Webb Simpson at 25/1*.
PGA Golf Tips
Since last year’s PGA Championship, Berger has missed only two cuts but has failed to post a top 10 finish, placing between 25th and 11th no fewer than eight times. That was until Saturday’s brilliant round of 66 in the most testing conditions earned him a tie for sixth at the US Open. Berger has a fine record at River Highlands, sharing fifth two years ago before losing last year’s play-off, and looks ready to challenge again. The world number 40 is a 33/1* chance with Betfred.
You won’t have seen much of Xander Schauffele in the coverage of the US Open as he was never genuinely in contention, but a brilliant round of 68 on Sunday earned him a share of sixth place to follow on from his second place finish at the Players Championship last month. Schauffele has been established in the world’s top 30 since October and looks set to rise higher still. He played here for the first time last year, sharing 14th place, and is our first selection at 40/1*. Take your pick from the full range of bookmakers.
This tournament is not a regular fixture in Russell Henley’s schedule, but he did finish in a share of 11th place on his only previous visit in 2016. Like most players, the world number 55 suffered in Saturday’s brutal third round at Shinnecock Hills, but otherwise played well with an opening 69 and a couple of rounds of 73. Renowned as a solid putter, Henley was eighth in Houston and 15th at The Masters in April and his recent results are moving in the right direction. Take a chance on him at odds of 66/1*.