PGA Golf Betting Picks and Predictions

OM Staff

Monday, May 17, 2021 4:28 PM UTC

Monday, May. 17, 2021 4:28 PM UTC

The second major championship of 2021 gets underway on Thursday using the brutishly long Kiawah Island. The event has the 2012 winner in the same event at the same course, Rory McIlroy as the favourite.
<div><h2 style="text-align:center">PGA Championship</h2><div><div style="text-align:center"><strong>May 20-23</strong></div><div style="text-align:center"><strong>Kiawah Island, South Carolina</strong></div><div style="text-align:center"><strong>Par 72, 7849</strong></div><div style="text-align:center"> </div><div><p><strong>How Will Kiawah Island Play?</strong></p><p>Paspalum greens are rarely used on the PGA Tour and usually a little slower grass than normal. Despite the course being long, several short hitters thrived in 2012 which could be down to the vicious crosswinds on a track where a controlled ball flight is paramount. A Pete Dye design often signifies that short hitters won’t be prejudiced too badly and with the back 9 giving an authentic links feel it’s hardly surprising Europeans dominated the higher echelons of the leaderboard in 2012.</p><p><strong>Tyrrell Hatton Fits the Profile of a First-Time Major Winner This Week</strong></p><p>This year sees Englishman, Tyrrell Hatton plays his seventh PGA Championship and perhaps he is ready for the jump into the major winners’ league. Firstly, with two previous top 10s in the event, we know the PGA course setups are fine. Secondly, he is a capable performer on Paspalum greens as this year's Saudi International indicated. Thirdly, Tyrrell Hatton is twice a winner of the Dunhill Links Championship which is a classical links golf test. Finally, the firecracker temper he displayed on the course has been embraced, some would say harnessed since returning from wrist surgery early in 2020.</p><p>This new level of control and play saw him land a first PGA Tour Title when winning the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational when Bay Hill bared its teeth, setting a tough exam for the players, demanding patience. Later in 2020 he went on to win the European Tour flagship event the BMW PGA Championship and opened up 2021 with a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Winning a major championship looks like the natural progression for Tyrrell Hatton and this week represents a test that in theory is perfectly suited. William Hill goes 51.00 for nine places each way and I suggest you snap that up.</p><p><strong>PGA Championship Golf Pick:</strong> <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyrrell Hatton – each-way at 51.00 William Hill</a></p><p><strong>Jazz Janewattananond to Be This Week’s Surprise Package at Kiawah Island</strong></p><p>Jazz Janewattananond first sprung to prominence two years ago at the PGA Championship where the hard-working twenty-five-year-old had a marvellous tournament when finishing 14th in his second major championship. When you consider he finished that event poorly with a round of 77, it’s hardly surprising that he went on to have a stellar 2019 winning on four occasions on his Asian Tour. 2020 was more difficult for the young Thai but he never stopped grinding in lower-level tournaments and eventually got some reward with a 3rd place finish at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open.</p><p>2021 has seen Janewattananond building a solid plethora of form with a runner up finish at the Kenya Savannah Classic, the highlight. Last week was his first week back playing since that Kenyan event at the end of March and 11th place at the Betfred British Masters was a perfect tune-up. With those good vibes of his 2019 effort in the PGA Championship to help and in great form, the young Thai is a solid selection in the top 40 market with Boylesports at 5.00 and a speculative outright selection at 501.00 with Unibet.</p><p><strong>PGA Championship Golf Picks:</strong> <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jazz Janewattananond – Top 40 at 5.00 and Jazz Janewattananond – each way at 501.00 Unibet</a></p><p><strong>Louis Oosthuizen Looks Like a Rock-Solid Top 20 Option</strong></p><p>Back in 2012 at Kiawah Island, the second round of 79 dropped Louis Oosthuizen out of contention for the weekend but three other rounds of 70 or better still saw the South African take 21st position. Don’t be deceived by the small frame of the thirty-eight-year-old South African who packs a punch and often goes under the radar.</p><p>His only major championship triumph was the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews that he won by seven strokes. Recent weeks have seen him in good form with his compatriot, Charl Schwartzel as partner when they took runner up honours at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and his last singles event ended with an 8th place finish at the Valspar Championship.</p><p>It’s fair to say the diminutive South African doesn’t win as much as he should but he looks rock solid top 20 material this week in South Carolina.</p><p><strong>PGA Championship Betting Pick</strong>: <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Oosthuizen – Top 20 @ 3.75 Paddy Power</a></p></div></div><style type="text/css">.tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px}</style></div><style type="text/css">.tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px}</style>
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