Last month, we dipped our toes into the gambling world of golf and had a few bets at The Masters, and just like Tiger Woods did, we profited… Okay maybe no where near as much as he did, not even close in fact, but we did alright after having two each way bets coming tied for second… oh what could’ve been.
With Major golf coming around again – this time in the form of the PGA Championship – so are we. Here’s The Trend Bettors $100 guide to the 2019 PGA Championship.
This year’s PGA Championship will be played at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York; a long 7,459-yard golf course, and it’s even harder than it is long too. In fact, the course is so hard that you’re even warned about it at the 1st tee (photo below)… Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Due to the long holes combining with the narrow fairways, this course will suit the long players off the tee. Players like Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka etc., immediately come to mind.
Notable Tournaments at Bethpage
- 2002 US Open (Tiger Woods, winner)
- 2009 US Open (Lucas Glover)
- 2012 Northern Trust (Nick Watney)
- 2016 Northern Trust (Patrick Reed)
Big time tournament, Big time player right here. Brooks undoubtedly plays his best golf within the 4 Majors – winning three and has only finished outside the top 25 ONCE in his last 14 Major appearances. After finishing tied for 2nd in the Masters, Koepka continued his good form by backing it up with a T22nd, and a 4th. Course suits.
The other runners-up in this years Masters, Johnson has finished 3rd and 18th in his two tournaments at Bethpage. Johnson is one of the biggest hitters in Golf, so this course will suit him, but if he is a chance to win this years PGA Championship, he will need to improve on his 55.27% Driving Accuracy. If he can bring that closer to 60% this weekend, expect him to be in the final few pairings on Sunday.
Ricky Fowler would love to shrug off the tag of being the “best current play not to win a major” tag, and I think he’s in a fantastic position to do it here this weekend. He knows the course – with a 7th and 24th finish. Fowler is in hot form, making all 11 cuts this season, including 7 top 25s, and 3 consecutive top 20’s. There will be no one more determined
He may not have the “danger” factor that he had from 2013-2016, but make no mistake, Jason Day has been one of the best major players this decade. With a 4th and 24th at this course, I expect him to push.
What a 12-month period this 25-year-old has had – with 3 top 10 Major finishes, and a WGC winner – he’s proving to be one of the most consistent golfers on tour. Schauffele has already notched up 2 wins, and 9 top 25s from his 12 appearances. He’s primed.
Fleetwood is one of the crowd favourites. I mean, what’s not to like? He’s a fighter, he’s super consistent, and he has a mullet… what else does a guy need? This season he’s made the cut in all 10 events with 4 top 10’s.
This guy has absolutely burst on to the scene in the last 18 months. It wasn’t long ago this guy was known for “the guy who almost broke his ankle celebrating a hole in one leading up to the Masters”, but now he’s known as the “power bomber who has made the top 10 in 4 of his last 5 majors”. This course will suit Finau; he already has a 12th in 2016, but Finau has come a long way since. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t finish in the top 10.
Not necessarily a big name in Golf, but he’s got one of the best drives on him on the tour. Ranked 8th for distance, and 68th for accuracy, this course is the perfect opportunity to improve on his career-best 6th finish at last years PGA Championship. Placing bet only.
Who? Well, he’s never played in a major before, but the 31-year-old American could prove to be value for a “top-something” bet. He’s had 6 top 30 finishes from his last 7 events, including taking home over half a million dollars for his second place in the Wells Fargo Championship – admitting it to being the most money he’s ever won. Tail’s up.
One of the most accurate drivers on tour (5th), it’s very little wonder he’s had a lot of (relative) success at this Golf Course. Despite never finishing a season in the top 25 in the World Golf Rankings, Moore has had 2 top 10 finishes at Bethpage Black, and well as another 24th. Sneaky prospect.
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