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This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Whilst attention of most sports enthusiasts has centred on East London, it’ll turn for golf enthusiasts to the East Coast, as the best in the world gather in South Carolina for the 94th US PGA Championship. The course, Kiawah Island, will be a real test. It’s a massive 7,776 yards and ten holes run alongside the Atlantic ensuring that wind is a huge factor.

First up we like the look of Dustin Johnson on a course that looks set to reward the ‘big hitters’. Johnson ticks the statistic that tells you 12 of the last 13 US PGA winners had won a tournament earlier in the season – Johnson won at the St Jude Classic in June.

Johnson has made the top 10 in five of his last eleven majors including an impressive second at Royal St George’s and a solid 9th this year on the coast at Royal Lytham. An American has won the US PGA in nine of the last 13 years and Johnson can make it 10 in 14. He’s 25/1 with Ladbrokes who will pay you ¼ odds for the first six and you should be able to get 3.8 on Betfair for a top ten place, which looks good.

The leader after round one market is notoriously difficult, but Seoul-Yul Noh at 100/1 with Ladbrokes, could be value. The Korean has made several very quick starts, some at high profile events, such as his second place after the first round of the 2010 PGA. The 21 year old has made the cut in six of the seven majors he’s played and is second in the total birdies count this year, suggesting he can make a blistering round. He’s out early on Thursday and current weather forecasts suggest that to be an advantage.

Another man we wouldn’t want to discount overall is 25/1 shot with Bet365 Jason Dufner  but in particular we like Blue Square’s offer at 10/11 that he beats Lee Westwood. Dufner should have won this tournament last year, led the Masters after two rounds and finished fourth in the US Open. He has won twice this year and hasn’t missed a cut in 2012. Westwood in contrast is in poor form. 70th in WGC-Bridgestone last week and 45th in the Open where his swing looked off his best.

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