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2015 US PGA golf betting preview

2015 US PGA golf betting preview

It’s the final chance for the world’s best golfers to win a Major in 2015 this week as a strong field heads to Wisconsin for the US PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are set to resume their rivalry at Whistling Straits but there are dozens of golfers with genuine title credentials. Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 US PGA Championship.

European players offer a strong challenge at Whistling Straits

There’s a strong European challenge in Wisconsin this week and it’s worth remembering that it was a European who won this tournament the last time it was hosted by Whistling Straits. Martin Kaymer was the victor on that occasion but could it finally be the time for Henrik Stenson to win a Major championship?

The Swede finished T6 in a strong field at the Bridgestone last week and has finished in the top six in four of his last five US PGA appearances, including a third place finish at the last two.

Of the 11 golfers who finished inside the top 10 at this tournament the last time it was hosted by Whistling Straits in 2010, all were inside the top 30 in Greens in Regulation, and Stenson currently leads the PGA Tour in GIR. Considering he’s in excellent form, has the game to suit the course and has a terrific record in this event Stenson looks an exceptional bet at 28/1.

Rory McIlroy returns to action after a ruptured ankle ligament kept him out of the Open and the Bridgestone and he is the 10/1 second favourite. Shane Lowry is also in great form after his breakthrough win in Ohio last weekend and the Irishman is 50/1 to make it a stunning double triumph.

Looking at the important of the GIR stats at this course it’s also worth considering the merits of Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian is a three-time winner on the European Tour and is currently one of only three players who rank inside the top 20 in Greens in Regulation and Putts Per GIR on the European Tour.

Since playing in the last group of the PGA Championship last year at Valhalla, only Danny Willett has more top 15 finishes on the European Tour than Wiesberger and the 29 year old is superb each way value at 175/1.

Americans have won just two of the last seven PGA Championships

After his stellar year it’s perhaps no surprise that Jordan Spieth is the 6/1 favourite to bag his third Major of 2015.

Since missing the cut at the Players Championship, the 22 year-old’s record reads T2, T30, T3, 1, 1, T4 and T10 and 25 of his last 28 rounds of tournament golf have been par or better. He is certain to be there or thereabouts at 6/1.

Bubba Watson comes into this tournament on the back of two consecutive second place finishes and was unlucky to lose a play-off to Martin Kaymer the last time the US PGA was hosted by the Straits Course.

Watson leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green and par-5 scoring and the course should suit his game. He looks great value at 16/1.

Patrick Reed has been quietly going about his business in recent weeks and the American has finished in the top 30 in five of his last six tournament appearances.

If you look at the last two PGA Championship winners at Whistling Straits (Martin Kaymer and Vijay Singh), both finished in the top 30 at the previous two Majors and had at least one victory already that season. Reed ticks both of those boxes and comes into the US PGA on the back of a solid T15 performance at the Bridgestone last weekend.

Reed demonstrated with his win at last year’s WGC Cadillac Championship that he can beat the best and could be a good each way bet at 60/1.

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