The PGA Championship slots into its new time slot for the first time and the Bethpage State Park Black Course in New York is the venue for the years second major.
Bethpage Black will play to a par 70 this week and is an extremely testing challenge. It is a very long course with penal rough and all indications are that finding the Greens in Regulation will be key to a strong showing this week. The course has been used to host the Barclays in 2012 and 2016 and prior to that it hosted the US Open in 2009 and 2002. Tiger Woods won with a winning score of (-3) in 2002 and was the only player to break par that year.
Tiger Woods the current US Masters Champion is the 10/1 joint favourite with Dustin Johnson to add another major to his collection. Brooks Koepka is just a point behind them at 11/1 with Rory McIlroy who disappointed at Augusta priced at 12/1 and you can get 20/1 and better the field.
Past Winners (at different courses)
2018 – Brooks Koepka -16
2017 – Justin Thomas -8
2016 – Jimmy Walker -14
2015 – Jason Day -20
2014 – Rory McIlroy -16
Tiger Woods 10/1
Dustin Johnson 10/1
Brooks Koepka 11/1
Rory Mcilroy 12/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
22/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Dustin Johnson each way at 10/1
Johnson has all the attributes to do well at this course and was 3rd here in the Barclays in 2012. He finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in the US Masters and his game looks perfectly suited to this course.
Brooks Koepka each way at 11/1
I haven’t been able to choose between Koepka and Johnson so decided to stick them both in. Koepka like Johnson was runner-up at the Masters and he was Top 5 last week as he warmed up for this event. His recent major form has been exceptional with 2 wins and a runner-up in his last 4 starts.
Sergio Garcia each way at 50/1
Garcia has played this course 3 times and has finished in the Top 5 twice and is yet to finish outside the Top 10. He was disappointing in the Masters where he missed the cut, but has subsequently finished in the Top 5 twice in succession and looks a great fit for this week.
Jason Kokrak each way at 125/1
Kokrak is in solid form with two Top 10’s in his last 5 starts. He was Top 10 in the Barclays in 2016 and should benefit from the fact that these are not the toughest greens to putt on.
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