2019 PGA Championship betting tips
Can Tiger go back-to-back at Bethpage Black? The 15-time major champ’s staggering Masters victory has rightly catapulted him to the top echelons of the betting odds, coming in around 12/1 to have his hands on the Wanamaker come Sunday at Long Island.
Tiger has previous on this infamously gruelling layout, having picked up his second US Open at the venue in 2002. This may seem arbitrary to non-golfers, but whether a golfer favours a course – if it ‘fits his/her eye’ – is a huge deal.
The course is long – really long, at over 7,400 yards for a par 70 – so big hitters will have an advantage. Take a look at the bookies’ odds, and you’ll see the shorter hitters come in a long prices.
While slightly long in the tooth nowadays at 42, Woods’ back fusion has allowed him to unlock his famous ball striking abilities once again. He can still get it out there, plenty far enough to trouble the youngsters.
As we saw on Sunday at Augusta, his mental game is as impenetrable as ever. He showed he can play within himself, when required, and his legendary ability to intimidate returned en route to another Green Jacket.
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World number one Dustin Johnson is around 11/1, for obvious reasons. Long off the tee, lethal when the wedge is working, and nonchalant enough to get over a bad hole – which will inevitably come on this course. He bagged a win at the WGC Mexico in February and a T2 at the Masters. He likes the big events.
Rory McIlroy’s results look outrageously good, but those that have watched him over four days may see through it. He seems to melt on the final day when in contention, but puts together great rounds when he’s played himself out of the competition, going some way to skewing his results. Coming in with much fanfare, he was anonymous at Augusta. Rory took a prize scalp at the Players, but his ability to grind a result, or even keep his head on the final day, is in question.
A player we’ll be watching closely is Paul Casey, who you can pick up for 50/1. He has a win and a spate of top 10s this season, and seemed primed to challenge at Augusta before flopping. He went all ‘boxer at a pre-fight press conference’ at the Masters, talking up his chances, perhaps too much – he’ll probably be a little more understated in New York. Still, his impressive form should see him go well this week, but whether he handle the pressure of winning a first major is unknown.
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Bryson Dechambeau is around 40/1. He has the strategic prowess to plot his way around this minefield, and he has been around the top of the leaderboard on numerous occasions in 2019. He’s been there or there abouts in majors before and performed well, but whether he can claw his way over the line is debatable.