Have a Flutter with Fordy: US PGA Championship Preview
The fourth and final major of the year takes place at Quail Hollow in North Carolina this weekend and here is a rundown of the players I fancy to go close. Quail Hollow is long course and driving could be a key stat this coming week. Plenty of people will fancy Mcilroy to go close and he certainly has the previous course form but at 6/1 I’m happy to go against him. Last month’s winning tip Spieth comes looking to complete the career major grand slam but again I’m happy to be against him. Below are my four players who I am taking to win the tournament and also a request-a-bet which I requested with Sky Bet.
Hideki Matsuyama – 12/1 (Betfred, Ladbrokes)
The 25-year-old Japanese star is one of the best ball strikers in the world and if his putting holds up this week I feel he will take an awful lot of beating. His final round at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational is one of the most impressive final rounds I have ever watched. He was simply fantastic. Given the fact it was a top-quality field a five shot victory is extremely special.
Matsuyama is a man who can hold his form as well as evidenced by his five-tournament streak last year of 1-2-1-1-2. I have thought he would win a major for a long time and this could be the week he gets it done. He has some good finishes in majors recently including his second at this seasons US Open. At 12/1 I think he could be the one to beat.
Rickie Fowler – 16/1 (Nearly everywhere)
Fowler is probably my most backed player in majors and I am struggling to get away from backing him again. He is a very good player and he will probably be his ever consistent self again this week. Sadly, he has come up short so far but as a previous course winner at Quail Hollow I think he could get his maiden major victory this week. He continued his solid form this season with another top ten last week.
He has numerous good performances in major championships and he is not far off making that Sunday charge to secure the trophy. We have seen what he can do in big tournaments on Sunday’s, just take his win in The Players Championship in 2015. A top five at the US Open this season was just the latest of those good performances in majors. I think he could go well again and I am happy to stick with him.
Brooks Koepka – 25/1 (Nearly everywhere)
The big hitting US Open champion looks to make it two majors in a season this week. He is one I want to have onside at fairly generous odds. His game looks to be in fantastic shape at the moment. Since winning his first major he has finished in the top ten at The Open Championship and finished in the top 20 in the WGC Bridgestone last week. I do think he could go close with his big hitting sure to help on the 7600 yard course.
Koepka gets the honour of being in the major winners group for the first two rounds and is sure to have huge galleries watching him for these rounds. He is one of the rising stars in the game and at 27 years old he could just be coming into the prime of his golfing career.
Xander Schauffele – 125/1 (Ladbrokes)
This young man has only recently burst onto the golfing scene but I do feel 125/1 is far too big of a price. He finished tied fifth in the US Open and since then he has recorded a win in the Greenbrier and had top 20s in The Open and last week at the WGC Bridgestone.
The fact that he has not been playing in majors for very long is not ideal, but Keegan Bradley had a similar profile when he recorded his first major championship. I am investing a small stake given his brilliant odds.
Finally if you want to have an interest on all my selections then below is a request-a-bet from Sky Bet that I have invested a small amount on.