Tiger Woods’ magical return to the winning circle at the Masters was the perfect start to the Major season, and next up is the USPGA Championship this week.
Bethpage Black is the venue for this year’s event, which has been moved from the season’s final Major to the second.
Our golf betting expert looks at this year’s field and gives you the best bets ahead of the action.
Woods to continue majestic return?
Many felt we would never see Tiger Woods return to winning ways at the very top of the game, but he alleviated such fears with a fantastic win at Augusta last month.
He heads into this event as one of the market leaders at 11/1 and has previous form at Bethpage having won the US Open there back in 2002.
He clearly loves the course and will be riding the crest of a wave following the Masters victory, but whether he can produce the same level of performance once again remains to be seen, and for me, he’s too short at his current price.
Koepka eyes back-to-back USPGA Championships
Brooks Koepka is the man for the Majors. He is looking to secure his fourth in eight with victory at Bethpage this week.
The 29-year-old went mightily close at the Masters, just missing out to Woods, while he heads into the tournament on the back of a strong finish to the Byron Nelson last week, with a six-under-par score in the final round enough to secure a fourth-place finish.
For me, he is the one to bet, and though he is the same price as Woods, I would have far more confidence in him at 11/1.
Could it be Jason’s Day?
Alongside Koepka, my other strong fancy is Jason Day at 22/1.
The one nagging doubt regarding the Australian is his ongoing back issues. It crept up on him at Augusta, but he plugged away and was able to battle on and produce some solid golf in finishing fifth.
Include an eighth at the Players as well as his form around similar courses such as Quail Hollow and a 24th and fourth-place finish in his previous events at Bethpage and he must be in with an each-way chance at 22/1.
At a bigger price of 40/1, Sergio Garcia has plenty of form at Bethpage as well with third, fourth and 10th place finishes in previous events.
Couple that with 12 top-10 finishes in his last 17 events and he is definitely worth some each-way money.