The 100th US PGA from Bellerive
Our last Golf Major preview of the year, the US PGA 2018 has significance for many potential reasons. The only certain thing about this tournament, is that it is the 100th US PGA. Aside from that, it is for some players and could well be for others, a landmark event for many this week, chasing their own personal goals.
With the Premier League kicking off in the UK this week my focus has been elsewhere, which is a real shame. Following a great US Masters with Finau and Molinari lifting the Claret Jug at Carnoustie it has been a fantastic year tipping wize.
As I haven’t had a chance to study ( which actually means I have no clue as everyone is playing so well ). I will focus on some stats that are definitely known this week and some history books that may be re written.
Talk From The Course
If we take a look at what is being said prior to this Major, I think we can draw the following conclusions.
- The course should favour long hitters
- There will be likely weather delays + disruption
- Everyone is playing well!
- Davis Love is getting too old, he plays his 100th Major Championship this week
Although there have been a few surprise winners of the PGA down the years, in recent times the golfing elite have shared the spoils at this tournament.
Justin Thomas will be looking for back to back victories in this event and goes into this week in fine form, following is Firestone Victory. Tiger Woods although not having played in this event since 2015 is looking for his 5th win. Rory McIlroy, twice a winner in the last 6 years of the PGA Championship. You also have Jason Day who’s record is unbelievable at this event over the last 5 years, T9-T2-WON-T15-T8.
Can they re write the history books?
Let’s also not forget the likes of Jordan Speith, who is looking to secure his own career grand slam with a win here. Dustin Johnson, still the Worlds No.1 without a Major since the 2016 US Open. Then you have the young guns who accumulating Majors at will, in Koepka and Reed, both more than capable of winning again. The former with his undoubted length should find conditions to suit at Bellerive this week.
With so many players at the top of their game as we mentioned, this US PGA is wide open. Having not really looked in detail I am therefore going to hopefully give a couple of lively outsiders this week for a bit of value.
A player that I have been following all season and is due a win. Hit’s it a mile and has had some steady if not spectacular results. Course will suit and I think he will have a good week.
Looks about 12 but has the head on his shoulders of a 40 year old. Fantastic young Chilean who was ranked the No.1 amateur in the World for a year, before turning pro. Is in good form, doesn’t hold back off the tee and may just surprise a few.
One of the lesser known of the many great Spanish players around at the moment. Having another good season in Europe and will be looking for a good show across the water. At 500/1 he may be worth a small e/w interest.
New Era For Viewing Options
The only downside this week if you are in the UK is that neither Sky Sports or BBC have any rights to show this tournament.
With the viewing rights being secured by ElevenSports the only place to watch the Golf without a subscription will be on their Facebook page for the first two days. Post that you will have to sign up for their different pass options which can be found here.
Key Tee Times to Look Out For
From the 1st Tee
18:53 Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott (Aus)
19:15 Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari (Ita)
19:37 Jon Rahm (Spa), Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose (Eng)
20:10 Lee Westwood (Eng), Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Daniel Berger
From the 10th Tee
14:23 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods
18:26 Luke List, Kevin Chappell, Marty Jertson
19:43 Adrian Otaegui (Spa), Kevin Na, Brendan Steele
As always good luck with your selections and roll on the Ryder Cup!