USPGA Championship

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

If nobody watches, is it happening

The average age of the chap who watches golf on television is probably in the 40s, at a minimum. So what better platform to launch Eleven Sport’s bold new world than Facebook, streaming the USPGA to an audience more slender, than Katie Price’s bank balance. Assuming you are one of the lucky few to watch it on Facebook, it always ranks as a decent betting event, and this year should be no different.

Having changed his putter last week, Dustin Johnson returned to form after a missed cut at Carnoustie by finishing third in the WGC, and will go off as favourite. Nobody has more wins on the tour this decade, and Bellerive is perhaps a classic PGA course, par 70 with a fair bit of length. The fairways are also Zoysia grass, similar to the course at TPC Southwind where he won by six shots. At 9/1 with Paddy Power, he is a pretty nice price for a hot favourite.

Two-time champion Rory McIlroy will also have his backers, but he has adopted a nasty habit of starting Sundays on the leader’s shoulders, before ending it somewhere around their bottom. The defending champion Justin Thomas is more tempting, particularly with Jordan Spieth out of form, without a win since the 2017 Open, whilst namesake Justin Rose has back issues. Tommy Fleetwood took over Rose’s mantle as Brit tearing up the leaderboard, but his inability to play four great days in a row are surely a barrier to a Major win at this stage.

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