There is still a few hours left before the USPGA Championship, the final major of the season, tees off which gives us just enough time to have a look at the many side markets that have been priced up for the event.
I’ve been quite varied in terms of nationalities with my outright bets and I’m not really wanting to double up outrights in side markets so I’m a little more restricted in what markets are available but I’ve found three bets who could be worth a go.
The field for the top Australasian player this week has seven players in it but I’m happy to write off Vijay Singh and Craig Hocknull and turn this into a five man field. Jason Day is the odds on favourite and he might go well but he is spraying it too much off the tee for my liking.
Adam Scott is having real trouble with his putting at the minute while Cameron Smith looks to have gone off the boil which leaves Marc Leishman, who is so solid and a worthy chance in this field, and Ryan Fox. Fox is three times the price of Leishman, which I guess is largely down to experience but with the best club in Fox’s bag getting frequent use this week in the driver I fancy he might be closer to his rivals than is expected. At 11/1 I’ll have a small piece on Fox in this market.
There are a number of Englishmen in the field this week but quite how many of them will be suited to the longer and softer playing conditions remains to be seen. I suspect the course will be too long for the likes of Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Eddie Pepperell and one or two others.
Justin Rose is the favourite this week but having pulled out of the WGC event with injury last week I’m in no rush to back him and the way Tommy Fleetwood finished there is a concern. Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton are too hit and miss for my liking so I’m going to play someone down the field in this market.
Ross Fisher ran quite well at Firestone last week and his driver was pretty good in the main apart from one terrible round where he couldn’t buy a fairway off the tee. The wider conditions this week should assist him if the big dog goes a bit awry again. He has claimed for a while that the rest of his game is in good shape. He’s used to soft courses and 28/1 looks a big price with a few not helped by conditions.
Top 20 Finish
I usually like to cover someone to finish inside the top 20 in a major tournament and this time around I’m going to go for Byeong-Hun An. The Korean star has stood out to me since he lost in the play-off in The Memorial.
He ensured we knew that was no fluke when he went and finished as the runner up to Dustin Johnson in Canada a couple of weeks ago and I think he should be nicely suited by these conditions. We know he’s a good driver of the ball. He sits in the top 15 in strokes gained off the tee and the top 20 in strokes gained from tee to green. That long game should ensure he remains competitive this week and that should be enough for him to finish inside the top 20.
Back R.Fox Top Australasian for a 1/10 stake at 12.00 with 888sport
Back R.Fisher Top Englishman (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 29.00 with Betfair (1/5 1-3)
Back B-H.An Top 20 Finish for a 2/10 stake at 5.50 with Betfair
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