TGS SPECIAL GOLF REPORT...RANDY HAYNES' PGA PREVIEW
by Randy Haynes, TGS PGA Analyst
(London-based Randy Haynes is one of Europe's top golf analysts and has often graced these pages with his previews of "majors" in the USA. This week, it's the PGA at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.)
We have had plenty of success in the final major of the season.
Jason Dufner and Martin Kaymer are just two of the ‘put ups’ that have been successful and three-figure shouts like veteran Steve Elkington have held our interest well into Sunday’s back nine.
We have been a little tardy with the missive this week, but that is probably just as well as one of our OTWs has seen his odds slashed during the past 48 hours and (having experienced it many times myself) one thing that I never like to do is frustrate y’all by sending you into odds that have as much integrity as the leader of the free world.
So to business
Not sure how many of the leading players were “off” at last week’s WGC Bridgestone – won comfortably, courtesy of a course record equalling 61, by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
Matsuyama – who we touted many moons ago - is rightly among the jollies for the USPGA – the year’s final major, staged at Quail Hollow golf club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rory McIlroy is the bookies general 7/1 (8.00) favourite, with recent Open champion Jordan Spieth a point of two bigger and then Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson getting quotes of around 12/1 with Rickie Fowler 16/1. US Open champ Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose are next in most lists, getting you 20 times your money.
Rory seems to be on the way back is a past USPGA winner and his record at this venue is exceptional. But 7/1?
Further down the chalkboard Charley Hoffman (50/1) and Zach Johnson (66/1) are just a tad too short for us and Tony Finau (that OTW) has seen 45 points drop off his Sunday quote – and we don’t like sloppy seconds.
So who will the Haynes £5 each way descend on?
2011 USPGA victor KEEGAN BRADLEY (150/1) has been showing signs that he is ready to win another big one.
Bradley has followed his victory in the unofficial 36 hole CVCS Charity event in June with ties for -8th -5th -50th -14th in his last four outings.
He still has some weaknesses in his game that might manifest themselves if he gets into contention late on Sunday. But at the odds he looks worth a small investment – especially with some books offering 10 places and there is some 200/1 on offer!
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