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Nigel Seeley’s three from the tee for the PGA Championship

Nigel Seeley 14 May 2019
Jason Day (credit: Cal Sport Media/SIPA USA/PA Images)

THIS years second major golf tournament takes place this week and the World's best will be put to the test with conditions at Bethpage Black in New York for the PGA Championship.

PGA Championship 

This is the first time in 10 years that this venue has staged a major and with players complaining of the tough conditions at the 2009 US Open, well it's going to be a lot tougher this time around with rain expected over the four days.

As you will know I like my course stats, and unfortunately there is not a lot to go on at Bethpage with only three events staged here in the last 10 years, The Barclays both in 2012 and 2016 alongside the US Open in 2009 and there isn't one player that has shown a liking for the venue as the conditions have been different on every occasion that this monster has been used for a tournament.

Tiger Woods, surprisingly for me heads the betting with some firms as short as 10/1 (probably due to the Tiger Grand Slam liabilities) to win a 16th major after his success at Augusta last month and I believe he is one to oppose.

Tiger hasn't played since he produced the greatest sporting comeback of all-time when winning the green jacket for a fifth time, but I think it's a case of mission accomplished for Woods for the season and I couldn't touch him at all at the prices on offer.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka is the mister consistent at the majors and he will be a popular choice at 11/1 and the man to beat in my opinion.

Koepka has won back-to-back US Open titles in 2017 and 2018 and will be looking to emulate that at the PGA, and he's in great form to do just that with a runner-up spot at Augusta and a fourth finish last week at The Byron Nelson Classic, but I couldn't take the short odds, but I will be having a substantial bet in a 72 hole match bet on him to beat Tiger when the odds are available.

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlory make up the leading quartert at 11/1 the pair and of the two I would favour DJ as Rory is another that I just can't have this week despite him winning this event in 2014 he just doesn't win enough and can't put four championship winning rounds together.

Three From The Tee

Jason Day @ 22/1 with Paddy Power

My main selection is JASON DAY who is a general 22/1 chance, but shop around to find the best each-way value before placing your bets on the Australian.

Day has been plagued by injuries over the last few seasons and this year he hasn't played to the best of his standards, but he put in a great effort at The US Masters to finish in fifth place (which was his fifth top 10 finish of the season) and played well in three of his four rounds in testing conditions at Quail Hollow to end up just outside the top 20.

Day finished fourth at this venue in the 2016 Barclays and 24th in 2012 and with his record on poa annua greens he is a lively contender this week and at 22/1 I like him to win is second PGA Championship after his win in 2015.



Adam Scott @ 55/1 with William Hill

My second choice is for another Aussie and I like ADAM SCOTT at what looks a massive price of 55/1 with Bet365 and William Hills.

Scott, has had a similar type of season to his countryman Day with three top 10 finishes sandwiched between some poor performances. In his last five starts he's made the top 10 in three of them, but missed the cut in the other two and inconsistency has been the major problem in 2019.

Scott, seems to play the bigger tournaments well though, with a 12th finish at the Players Championship followed up with a 18th at The US Masters, which would've been a lot higher, but for two bad final rounds and at a venue where he's performed  well before with a fourth finish alongside Day at the 2016 Barclays, 55/1 looks too big.



Lucas Glover @ 110/1 with bet365

*Odds correct at 11:53 BST on 14/5/2019

My final pick is the man who won the 2009 US Open when it was staged at this venue and that is LUCAS GLOVER at a monster 125/1 with sportingbet.

Glover, won his only major championships by two shots here in 2009 and he did in the early rounds with an impressive 69 to open and a course record on the Friday. Glover has been in great form in 2019 with 11 top 20 finishes in his 15 starts and at a venue that he loves playing and brings back some great memories he is one to keep on your side at a massive price over the four days.


*Odds correct at 11:53 BST on 14/5/2019


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