Jul 26th, 2016
PGA Championship Top Tips
The Spiv has found the value at the PGA
Words: Nick Kevern AKA The Spiv Photography: Getty Images
The final major is upon us. The PGA Championship has been moved forward due to the Olympics. July really is a Major month with The Open, Ricoh Women's Open at Woburn and now this. So far this year there have been three new major winners joining golf's history. Chance are there can easily be a fourth. Spieth is playing, well, average. McIlroy is struggling with his putter and even Jason Day is out of sorts. The opportunity is there for others to pounce.
Baltusrol would be the ideal place to take that opportunity. A tough course where scrambling is the key. Dustin Johnson might start as the favourite but can he scramble that well? He starts at 8/1. Not too much value there. In fact, value is something that is truly on offer here once you take the usual suspects out of the equation. So with further ado, here are ones the Spiv will be keeping an eye on.
Phil Mickelson 22/1 (Betfred)
He proved his class on the links on Royal Troon narrowly losing out to Henrik Stenson. If we ever needed proof that he was back then that was certainly it. Phil won on this track last time Baltusrol hosted the PGA Championship. He scrambled his was to victory back then and can do it again. One of the best scramblers in the game. His odds might be quite low but he has the game for this course.
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Seeing others take the limelight must really annoy Fowler. With the so called "big three" now becoming a "big four", he'd love to make it a "big five". One of the games underachievers when it comes to the majors. Of all the majors this has to be his best chance. At 40/1 he is a very good bet and great odds.
Charl Schwartzel 66/1 (BoyleSports)
Those new PXG's are really working for Schwartzel at the moment. Finding his old putter has also produced an added quality to his game. A strong Open Championship and a great season so far. 66/1 are fantastic odds for this dark horse.
J.B Holmes 70/1 (BoyleSports)
There is a lot of talk about J.B's chances among the gambling fraternity. His odds are massively attractive as is his game. Royal Troon showed his scrambling abilities clearer and finished 3rd. Ok he was a long way behind but he'll enter this one with confidence. Two top 5's in Majors this year should be enough to consider him. Add to the mix his long and accurate driving and you could have yourself the winner...or a great E/W.
Jason Dufner 100/1
His price has dropped in the past day. People are putting money on him that's for sure. Eighth at Oakmont, and a strong Open,it appears that Dufner is back. He knows what it takes to win the PGA Championship and is always strong in this one. His favourite major that is for sure.