The final major of the season is on the horizon and there’s no clear favourite to speak of.
If you’re wondering just who is going to go the distance the 2017 PGA Championship, we’ve got a Bet365’s list of the front-runners and will size up their form and recent records.
Up for Grabs
If there’s one thing to take from this tournament in the last few years it’s that inexperience and high odds are no barriers to success.
Recent winners have been young, like Rory McIlroy in 2012, or unfancied like Yang Tong-eun in 2009, Keegan Bradley 2011 or Jimmy Walker just last year.
Nobody is dominating the sport at the moment. Before April, it would have been hard to bet against Dustin Johnson, but a lot has changed in the past few months.
Dustin Johnson (7/1)
For the world no.1, 2017 might turn out to be a season of missed opportunities. Going into the Masters Johnson could do no wrong.
The South Carolinian had won three PGA tour events in the previous six weeks. But he was forced to pull out of the Masters after falling down the stairs, and since then missed the cut at the U.S. Open in June.
Rory McIlroy (15/2)
The Ulsterman hasn’t recaptured the blistering form of 2014, but a top ten finish at the Masters in April might be a sign that McIlroy is ready to push for a major again.
He’s also had success on this course, having won the Wells Fargo Championship and Quail Hollow in 2010 and 2015. But you have go back three years for his last major and more than a year to his last tour victory.
Jordan Spieth (11/1)
The Texan has gone off the boil after blowing everyone away a couple of seasons back. But it wouldn’t be fair to say that Spieth has struggled, and the youngster could be a smart bet on the 2017 PGA Championship.
Here’s why Spieth is our pick of the front-runners: Just this year he has won two tournaments on the PGA Tour, the most recent in June when he took the Travelers Championship.
And even during his dip in form, Spieth hasn’t finished lower than 35 in a major since his last title at the U.S. Open in 2015.
Jason Day (12/1)
Here’s a man you can never count out at a Major. When Day missed the cut at the crazy U.S. Open this year, it was the first time in 17 majors, and the first since the PGA Championship in 2012.
He won this very tournament in 2015 and finished 2nd last year, so expect Day to be in the running. What’s more, the course changes at Quail Hollow might work to the Australian’s advantage.
He is famous for his short game and scrambling, and Quail Hollow’s recent switch from rye to unforgiving Bermudagrass may work work in his favour.
Hideki Matsuyama (18/1)
Definitely one to watch this year, Matsuyama has shot up to second place in the World Golf Ranking. The Japanese runner up at the U.S Open is improving year on year and at 18/1 looks good value at that price.
He’s managed six top ten finishes in the majors since 2013 and has two PGA tour wins under his belt this season, including four immaculate rounds at the World Golf Championship.
Something that strikes you about Hideki is that he never lets a poor shot spoil a round. This could be instrumental at course that will chew out the less resilient players.
Best of the Rest
Among some of the interesting outsiders, maybe you think Tommy Fleetwood’s (75/1) 4th place at the U.S. Open was a sign of things to come, while Justin Rose (22/1) is always someone to watch in Majors. The quicksilver greens might hurt Rosey though.
And don’t forget Sergio Garcia (25/1) who claimed the Masters in April, or U.S Open champion Brooks Koepka (28/1), who is vying for back-to-back majors.
And we mentioned how players with great short games might have the upper hand. Phil Mickelson (40/1) remains one of the best around in this respect.
And then there’s reigning champion Jimmy Walker (90/1) who put a very disappointing couple of years behind him to win at Baltusrol last year. Will lightning strike twice?
Betting on the PGA Championship
We’ve got our eye on Hideki Matsuyama to win the Open Championship at 18/1 because it’s just a matter time before he registers his first open victory.
If you’re up for a bet on the PGA Championship the outright winner betting line is open until the 10th August at 15:00 with Bet365.