Betting Insight for the 2014 US PGA Championship Tour

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 2:54 PM GMT

Valhalla Golf Club is the venue for this year’s US PGA Championship and we look at which golfers will give you the best chance at cashing your US PGA Championship betting picks.

Overall Winner
This year’s US PGA Championship will be without a few main attractions as Tiger Woods has declared he will be inactive due to a back ailment while Dustin Johnson has become golf’s version of Mick Jagger. If you’re reading this article then you are undoubtedly aware that Johnson has a penchant for nose candy and an eye for other player’s wives. But who are these mystery ladies who shed their wedding bands as easily as they shed their clothes for the one man party heretofore known as the real “Swinging” Johnson?!

Ah, but I must suspend my lust for the lascivious and get down to brass tacks. It’s all about making money and I believe you can if you’re locked like a laser beam on how these golfers are hitting and translating that information into some very savvy US PGA Championship picks.  Let’s take a down and dirty look at the best bets at Valhalla and a few of the proposition odds.

 

Rory McIlroy (+500)
The man has been making a mockery of the competition recently and averaged 325 yards per drive in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He was also ranked ninth in accuracy off the tee and is the man to beat as the winner of this event back in 2012.

 

Adam Scott (+1100)
If McIlroy wasn’t playing like Tiger Woods circa 2000 then Adam Scott, consistent as a metronome winning one major and garnering top ten finishes in eight other events, would be the guy to beat. But after losing his number one ranking to McIlroy last week he’s just another pup trying to chase the rabbit.

 

Sergio Garcia (+1800)
Garcia had some outstanding rounds at Firestone shooting a 59 if you combine his back nine on Friday with his opening nine on Saturday.  But even those micro scores weren’t enough to overcome Rory. His runner up finishes recently might cause more exasperation than inspiration for the talented Spaniard.

 

Justin Rose (+1800)
Nothing smells as sweet as a rose and this is the guy I would keep an eye on. He had success at Valhalla during the ’08 Ryder Cup and won the Quicken Loans National earlier this year. His game is made for this event and if McIlroy falters then this rose could the thorn in his side.

 

First Round Leader
McIlroy is the odds on favorite to be leading the field after Thursday’s opening round. Bet365.com is dealing US PGA Championship odds of +650 on the Northern Irishman. But Adam Scott (+1600), Justin Rose (+2200) and Sergio Garcia (+2200) are also relative favorites. 

If it’s a long shot that you’re fancying perhaps Jimmy Walker at +6000 might be of interest to lead after the first round. He probably won’t be able to maintain throughout but after playing in 187 events without a win on the PGA Tour he’s won three times in his first eight events of the 2014 season.

 

Top Ten Finish Odds
You will be laying juice on McIlroy to finish in the top ten as Bet365.com is dealing him at -225. If McIlroy finds trouble and is knocked off his game there are too many world class talents in this field to say that he’s worth laying north of 1-2. Bubba Watson at +300 might provide anice little return to wiggle into the top ten as would the aforementioned Jimmy Walker at +450. If you’re looking for a longshot how about veteran Ernie Els at +1200 or the tall, lanky Nick Watney being dealt at +900 to gain a top ten finish?