PGA Championship Outright Betting Preview

Craig Edwards

Monday, May 13, 2019 8:12 PM UTC

Monday, May. 13, 2019 8:12 PM UTC

Join golf expert Craig Edwards (@EdwardsTips_ )for his betting analysis of the PGA Championship Outright

<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>PGA Championship</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Black Course, Bethpage State Park</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Farmingdale, New York</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>7436 yards, Par 70</strong></p><p>This year’s major championship will be the 101st edition but a new slot on the PGA tour schedule brought forward from August. This will be the first time that Bethpage Black Course has hosted the PGA Championship however, in 2002 and 2009 it hosted another major championship the U S Open. In 2012 and 2016 the course played host to PGA tour event, The Barclays.</p><p>Bethpage State Park is located on Long Island and the Bethpage Black Course opened in 1936 after design by A.W.Tillinghast. There have been several renovations by Rees Jones in recent years the last of which was 2018. The course has the reputation as one of the most difficult public courses with signs that warn “We recommend only for highly skilled golfers”. At the par 4 tenth in the 2002 US Open a number of professionals complained they could not drive the ball far enough to reach the tree-lined fairway. The par fours often feel like par fives and there is a premium on being long with pressure on the tee shot where the always seems to be a decision to be made with an awkward littering of fairway bunkers. Most approach shots are from sunken fairways to elevated greens and this nine mile undulating walk puts an extra fitness pressure on the competitors in comparison to a normal week on the PGA tour.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Contenders</strong></p><p>Let us start at the top of the tree with the new Masters champion Tiger Woods who I am sure will be delighted at the schedule change on the PGA Tour. This will be his first event after the emotional victory at Augusta. At the Masters he dismantled the challenge of the two best players in the world, Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka like time had stood still. I expect a very strong challenge for back to back majors from “The Big Cat” this week and if he gets into contention his opponents may crumble.</p><p>We need to respect Dustin Johnson at a course that suits his game perfectly. His effortless power is well suited to this monster course and the World number one has been in consistent form so far this season. With only the one major championship win, he will be desperate to add another now his game has matured to a new level</p><p>There is no reason why Bethpage Black Course will not be ideally suited to the other two long hitting principals Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.</p><p>Multiple major and PGA Champion Phil Mickelson has a second place at Bethpage Black and despite his advancing years he has proved his still has the ability to win on the PGA tour.</p><p>Sergio Garcia the tempestuous Spaniard has previously shown a liking for the test Bethpage Black brings to a player. He appeared back on track at the Wells Fargo Championship but has to end a run of six consecutive missed cuts in major championships.</p><p>Rickie Fowler is being tagged the “Best player to not won a major”, despite often been in contention. Mostly the defeats have been contributed by his main rival playing brilliantly and his time must be close.</p><p>Australian Jason Day is a previous PGA Champion and a fourth here in 2016. His accurate power will be the perfect recipe to tame the beast of Bethpage Black.</p><p>Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has some good course results and been in solid form all season. A solid each way bet the South African looks due another major championship soon as reward for his consistency.</p><p>Previous PGA and double Masters champion Bubba Watson has three top 20 finishes at Bethpage Black and has been very consistent without winning this year. He appears ready to win soon and would be no surprise if it was this week after he got himself into contention on the back nine at Augusta.</p><p>Jason Dufner is a former PGA Champion who leading up to a fourth place at the Wells Fargo Championship had been in abysmal form. We have seen similar scenarios in the past from Jason Dufner and when he hits form knows how to win.</p><p>Triple major champion Padraig Harrington is an interesting name on the radar who last week at the Byron Nelson Classic he showed his game was back in fine fettle having been fighting injury for a few months. In December of 2018 a simple slip and what he thought was a sprained wrist turned out to be a broken bone which is a nightmare with a slow recovery for a golfer.</p><p>Jhonattan Vegas from Venezuela looks primed for a good performance on a course he has previously played well. Earlier in the season he nearly won the Players Championship followed by a solid Wells Fargo Championship which is a good course guide. In the early years of his career he proved himself a regular winner on the PGA Tour and now his game has reached a new level of consistency it makes him an each-way bet for the PGA Championship.</p><p>Look out for my next article for on the PGA Championship when I will preview the side markets.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></p><ul> <li>Tiger Woods – each way @ 12/1 (13.00) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a></li> <li>Louis Oosthuizen – each way @ 66/1 (67.00) Bet365</li> <li>Bubba Watson - each way @ 66/1 (67.00) <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Unibet!">Unibet</a></li> <li>Jhonattan Vegas – each way @ 150/1 (151.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Paddy Power Today!">Paddy Power</a></li></ul>
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