2016 PGA Championship Betting Preview And Tips

July 28th – July 31st, 2016
Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,428
Purse: $10 million with $1,800,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day
Video thanks: Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Wicklow, Ireland

2016 PGA Championship Betting Tips Video

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Rory McIlroy 10/1

Rory McIlroy 10/1. Can he get his putts?

Rory McIlroy can be got at 10/1 this week and I think this big long brutish Baltusrol course is tailor made for him.  People seem disappointed in his form but a T5 at The Open, solo third in France, T4 at The Memorial and win in Ireland say he’s right there. A season without a Major win at this stage of his career would be unthinkable for Rory.

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Dustin Johnson 10/1

DJ 10/1. No brainer. No pun intended.

It’s just impossible to ignore Dustin Johnson for the PGA Championship; the only issue I can think of now is maybe fatigue and he doesn’t look like a guy that suffers from that.  Another T2 in Canada going 14 under on just the par-5’s shows he bang in form after  his T9 at Troon  and wins at the WGC Bridgestone and US Open.  There may be bumps on the road but on a long hard course such as Baltsurol it just seems a no brainer to pick Dustin.

Phil Mickelson 20/1

Phil Mickelson 20/1. Has done his homework

Phil Mickelson is the defending champion at Baltusrol and an intriguing prospect. Yes he is coming off an emotional defeat at The Open but the truth is Mickelson played brilliantly opposite Stenson at Troon and on any other day would have one.  What I’m taking from that is that Mickelson is bang in form ahead of another Major on a course he knows he can win on.  We know Lefty has been working hard with Baltusrol retiring pro Doug Steffen to learn the greens and I fancy him to emulate his Valhalla performance in 2014 where he finished solo second to Rory McIlroy.

Jason Day 10/1

Jason Day 10/1. Course will suit a 324 yard driver!

With Rory, Dustin, Henrik, Jordan and maybe even Beef also soaking up the attention in the media tent this week defending champion Jason Day can go under the radar.  Carded a 76 on Friday at the Canadian Open which did for his chances but drove the ball 324 yards on average and finished a creditable T14.  As well as winning at Whistling Straits, Day was T15 at Valhalla and T8 at Oak Hill and I think he has the power game to contend this week.

Steve Stricker 100/1

Steve Stricker 100/1. Pension fund swelling.

Why not Steve Stricker to have a great PGA Championship?  In semi retirement he is playing better than ever.  Topped the putting stats at The Open and finished solo fourth, was T21 at the Scottish Open and T2 at the St Jude Classic.  He also is a consistent PGA Championship performer with four top-15 finishes in last five appearances.

Scott Piercy 100/1

Scott Piercy 100/1. Form dog.

Piercy missed the cut at The Open but I was impressed enough by his solo second at the WGC Bridgestone and how he held his nerve to close with a 69 for a T2 at the US Open to think he’s great each way value at 100/1.  I think he can emulate his PGA Championship best of T5 when Rory won at Valhalla in 2014.

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