PGA Championship Odds & Betting Tips
The PGA Championship takes place this weekend at the Straits Course from the Whistling Straits country club in Wisconsin. Genie previews the betting and picks out the best odds and tips in his golf betting tips article for those that want to read them. Tiger Woods is playing but unusually is only second in the betting, as he faces a fight to hold on to his world number 1 spot.
This is the tournament that has given us winners such as Mark Brooks, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem and YE Yang over the years so don’t be entirely surprised if it not a household name that get’s his mitts on the Wannamaker trophy come Sunday.
Key Betting Information
The PGA Championship has a handful of courses in rotation. Whistling Straits was the venue in 2004 and, since then, has not held a PGA Tour event so course form is somewhat hard to come by. In 2004 Vijay Singh came through after a playoff victory over Di Marco and Leonard. None of the 3 are large hitters but this is a long course, standing at 7507 yards. Phil Mickelson required a birdie on the 72nd hole to go to a playoff in 2004 but could only manage a bogey.
The course was designed to look like a links course from Britain or Ireland and it does just that. It is on the edge of a massive lake so and the wind can gust off the lake. The weather forecast this week is for quite a lot of rain and fair winds. If the wind does pick up look out for extremely straight hitters like Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, or Sean O’Hair.
Bet365, Paddy Power and VC Bet are all paying a quarter the odds on 6 places at this year’s PGA Championship.
Players To Watch
Tiger’s form has been so bad that I just cannot have any piece of him. At the time of writing the prices for 3 ball tournament bets and mythical match bets have not been published but keep an eye out and, by all means, oppose Woods at will.
43 year old Steve Stricker is a resident of Wisconsin and has never received his overdue plaudits for his golfing prowess. The addition of a major championship would make him a hall of fame cert. He has had his barron spells in the past and does not have a picture perfect swing like an Els or a Singh but any player who relies so heavily on a strong short game can be expected to have some bad spells. Stricker did not take part here in 2004. He was in one of his dry spells and failed to qualify.
Steve has played 14 events this year, made 14 cuts, had 6 top 10’s and claimed victory in 2. Add this to the 11 top ten finishes from 22 starts last year, including 3 wins and you might just find yourself looking at some serious value at 28/1 on a golfer who is in his home state, playing a course that suits his straight shooting and his shortgame masterclass. The 28/1 is currently only available with Bet365.
Genie’s second tip is on the leader in the betting, Phil Mickelson. Phil came close last time out here and has all of the tricks to have a very good run again. A bad day at the office on Sunday can be excused for some horrible driving. He was as entertaining as ever with some of his trick shots to keep himself competitive but he tailed away in the end. Phil will be working with Butch Harmon this week and he’ll be straightening out that driver. The putts just never dropped for Phil last weekend but he is well capable of better. He is the best player in the world at present and 14/1 available from VC Bet is a worthy value punt.
In a complete tipping list I am going to complete the wheel with possibly the best scrambler in the business (ranking of #1 on tour this year) is Luke Donald. There have been fair questions asked about his abilities to get over the finish line but Donald definitely deserves a look in the e/w market when there are so many firms paying 6 places. On top of a second and 2 thirds in the PGA Tour, Luke has amassed a win and 3 other top 5 finishes in a couple of months spent back in Europe. The boy’s got game and is perhaps the strongest link in the European team in a Ryder Cup year. 50/1 is readily avaiable and I’m having me some of that.
Jeremy Chapman Tips
This weekend Jeremy Chapman is going for:
Rory McIlroy 1.5pts e/w @ 18/1 – general
Padraig Harrington 1pt e/w @ 20/1 – general
Retief Goosen 0.75pt e/w @ 35/1 – general
Stev Stricker 0.75pt e/w @ 25/1 – general
Adam Scott 0.5pt e/w @ 66/1 – Ladbrokes
Steve Palmer Tips
Steve has not advised how much to bet on each but has made 5 selections. Steve Palmer’s golf betting tips this week are:
Stewart Cink @ 125/1
Sergio Garcia @ 90/1
Trevor Immelman @ 200/1
Geoff Ogilvy @ 100/1
Adam Scott @ 66/1
Betting Tips Summary
This week Genie has gone for the short game specialists in the betting. With great value in the odds available and 6 places being paid we’re going for our €100 staking plan:
€20 e/w on Steve Stricker at 28/1 with Bet365 (paying 6 places)
€15 e/w on Luke Donald at 50/1 with Bet365 (paying 6 places)
€30 win on Phil Mickelson at 14/1 with VC Bet
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