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PGA Championship: McIlroy’s Quail Hollow form sees him favoured

Thu, Aug 10, 10:25am by Head Editor

Rory McIlroy is the favourite to take out the final major of the year this week, when the world’s best tee it up at the Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Northern Irishman has an amazing record in his seven appearances at this course, which hosts the Wells Fargo Championship. He has shot a combined 66 under par in those seven outings, which is an average of 10 under per year at a course that is not always conducive to scoring. He’s won here twice, in 2010 and 2015, and lost a playoff to Rickie Fowler in 2012.

McIlroy is a $7 shot to win his fifth major, and his third USPGA crown, but the crowd favourite will be American Jordan Spieth, who is on the second line of betting at $12.

Following his win at last month’s British Open, Spieth can join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan as only the sixth player to win all four majors.

Joining Spieth at $12 is Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who will go into the year’s final major will some serious momentum, after he stormed to a five-shot victory at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational earlier this week.

The best of the Aussies is Jason Day at $29, who hasn’t had a good season, but has a great record in this tournament. He won in 2015, then came just one shot short of defending his title last year.

The Queenslander is one of seven Aussies teeing it up this week, with fellow Queenslander Adam Scott at $41, and Marc Leishman at $61 the next best in betting.

Leishman has been the form Australian on Tour this year, he won March’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and has made five top-10s and 12 top-25s from 20 events.

Dustin Johnson replaced Jason Day as world No.1 in February. He is assessed as a $15 chance to win his first major of a year that lost all momentum when he fell down the stairs days before the Masters back in April.

After Johnson on the fifth and sixth line of betting are his compatriots Rickie Fowler ($17) and Brooks Koepka ($23).

Fowler will have happy memories at Quail Hollow, the course where he saluted for his first PGA Tour title five years ago. He could be a value bet given that he leads the tour in strokes gained for putting and sits second in strokes gained total.

Koepka won the US Open in June, and as one of the longest hitters on the Tour, is sure to be in the mix this weekend, at a course that will suit his long drives.

Suggested Bets:

Fowler to finish in the top 5 at $4

Marc Leishman to be the leading Aussie at $4

Matsuyama to finish in the top 10 at $2.10

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