PGA Championship Preview & Picks
This week we are assessing the golf betting opportunities in the field for the PGA Championship, taking place at Oak Hill Country Club, New York.
The event will be played on the East Course, a 7,145 yard par 70. The PGA is often considered the easiest of the 4 majors but the course record at Oak Hill is as high as 64, so don’t expect a birdiefest this week!
Oak Hill last hosted this event back in 2003 when it was won by complete unknown Shaun Michael. This was a guy who did nothing before the event or after it...in fact he has barely made 50% of cuts his whole career! While he might not offer us a lot to go on, what was interesting was that the only 2 other players that finished under par that year were Chad Campbell and Tim Clark – both winners on tour and respected players.
This is a difficult course to consistently find the putting surface and in 2003 Michael managed 66.7% for GIR, Campbell 75% and Clark 65%. A player needs to be at their best to make 65%+ in terms of GIR and that is the key skill which we are looking for this week. On a par 70 course scoring well on par 4’s is helpful, Michael was -5 for the par 4’s when he won, despite only finishing on -4 for the event. On top of these skills we are also looking for a good scoring average.
Players to watch...
Tiger Woods (4/1) 1st for scoring average, 3rd for par 4 birdie or better, 21st for GIR and 5 wins on tour already in 2013.
Justin Rose (25/1 w/o Woods) 14th for GIR and 2nd for scoring averages
Adam Scott (20/1) 24th for GIR and 3rd for scoring average
Henrik Stenson (22/1 w/o Woods) 2nd for GIR and 7th for scoring average
Jason Dufner (35/1 w/o Woods) 30th for GIR, 20th for scoring average and 9th for par 4 birdie or better
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