4 bets – USPGA Championship 2011
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Clubs galore but not a yob in sight.
The final major of the season takes us to Atlanta, scene of David Toms’ surprising win back in 2001. We are currently living through a golden age of golf, with quality players, and above all, quality British players, in abundance. Here are four bets to hold your interest over the next four days.
Winner: Rory McIlroy
Whereas once the USPGA had a slightly random nature to it (Rich Beem anyone), the last few years have seen the PGA become the preserve of the top players in the world (Singh, Mickelson, Woods and Harrington.) There is nobody better right now than Rory, and the course is set up for him nicely. Back the Ulsterman to win at 10/1 with bet365.
Top American: Nick Watney
Watney led by three shots going into the final round last year at Whistling Straits, before falling away on the final day, shooting 81. He is big off the tee (and at 7,500 yards, the winner here is going to have to be), and is one of the best putters on the circuit. He also has a nice, early start on Thursday. Back him to finish as the top Yank at 14/1 with Bluesq.
First Day Leader: Chris Kirk
Whilst most of the world was watching Darren Clarke win the Open, Chris Kirk was quietly going about his business, winning the Viking Classic to qualify for this major. Back him to be the early leader at 180 with Betfair.
Each Way: Gary Woodland
The man from Kansas has finished in the top 30 of all three majors this season. Back him at Ladbrokes to finish in the top five at 20/1.