The final major of the year gets going at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday and with damp conditions expected the big hitters should be favoured.
Quail Hollow is well known to many of the PGA Tour professionals as it hosts the Wells Fargo Championship. It is a par 71 layout and will be hosting its 1st major championship. There have been significant changes to the course ahead of this tournament and the majority of these come in the opening holes. The course plays very long despite it being a par 71 and with plenty of rain expected this week there is little doubt that distance off the tee will be an advantage.
Rory McIlroy tops the betting boards and he has an excellent record at this course with 2 victories and a 2nd placed finish. The man just behind him in the betting Jordan Spieth has been in cracking form of late although was a touch disappointing last week at the Bridgestone Invitational. This event has thrown up some surprises over the years and I am going with some longer prices this week.
Past Winners (at different courses)
2016 – Jimmy Walker -14
2015 – Jason Day -20
2014 – Rory McIlroy -16
2013 – Jason Dufner – 10
2012 – Rory McIlroy -13
D Johnson 14/1
25/1 and better the balance
Daniel Berger at 66/1 – each way
He defended his St Jude Classic title a few weeks ago and has held form since then. He has the length off the tee to handle the damp conditions and he has some course experience as well.
Charley Hoffman at 55/1 – each way
He was 3rd at the Bridgestone last week and that was his 4th top 10 dating back to his 8th place finish in the US Open in April. He is long off the tee and is one of those players the bookies always seem to quote a few points higher than they deserve to be.
Justin Thomas at 40/1 – each way
He hasn’t kicked on as I expected him to after back to back victories at the start of the year but I see this man as a major winner and why not this week? He finished in the top 30 last week to break a run of 3 missed cuts and with plenty of length off the tee I am expecting a big week from Thomas.
Tony Finau at 90/1 – each way
Finau is seriously long off the tee and he showed his game is in good nick with a T5 at the Canadian Open 2 weeks back. He has some decent course form and looks worth a punt at the price.
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