PGA Championship 2019: Outright and Extra Markets

Bethpage is poised to stage the PGA Championship for the first time

Jordan Mackin breaks down the betting for the second major of the year. The 101st PGA Championship tees off Thursday afternoon, 11:45am, live on Sky Sports Golf

The 101st edition of the US PGA Championship takes place on the famous Bethpage Black course in Long Island in New York, hosting its first major since the US Open in 2009.

Bethpage Black is a public course which is famous for having a sign placed outside the first Tee saying that they recommend “Highly Skilled Golfers “.

It’s a sure test of the golfing world’s elite this week.

Due to a revamp of the golfing calendar for this year, the PGA Championship is now being played in the month of May rather than it being the final Major of the golfing year.

This means we have a major in every month between April through to July.

Brooks Koepka saw out last year’s event, holding off a brave challenge from this year’s Masters champion, Tiger Woods.

Here at Bar One Racing, we always bring  each way value on our golf betting and it’s no different this major week where we offer a 10 PLACES each way at a fifth of the odds.

With this in mind I take my picks from the leading players in the outright market, and two fancies from the Top Player Markets.

Check out our markets available on this week’s US PGA Championship

Dustin Johnson E/W – Outright Betting – 10/1

In my opinion, Dustin Johnson has completely underachieved in terms of winning Golf’s Majors. The 2016 US Open, is his maiden and only major victory.

He does however have great record in finishing around the top 10 in Major championships and I see that happening again this week.

Now you’re probably thinking that backing the joint favourite each way doesn’t really offer much value considering the odds on the World Number 1  but considering Bar One Racing are paying on 10 Places I think it’s a great bet.

Johnson has finished in the Top 10 in nine of the last fifteen Majors, most recently a runner up finish to Tiger Woods at the Masters.

Dustin Johnson is among the market leaders for the PGA Championship

Johnson I feel will be kicking himself after the Masters in a tournament where if he got anything going in the first 3 days, he could surely have a Green Jacket in the trophy cabinet right now.

Looking towards this week, the rain has being pouring down and its looking like it will leave the course vulnerable to soft conditions.

I think Johnson could really take the tournament by the scruff of its neck. With his length off the tee, Johnson can fire wedges into soft greens.

Also playing into his hands is the amount of long par threes on the course.

Again, Johnson’s length will be a big advantage using shorter clubs off the tee and with the soft conditions can play into his hands very well.

Dustin Johnson E/W – Outright Betting – 10/1

Sergio Garcia E/W – Outright Betting – 35/1

2019 hasn’t exactly shown the great Sergio Garcia in the best light.

While his conduct on the course has come into question this year, surprisingly Garcia’s record has being pretty good, only missing one cut this year and I think you could get value here at his odds.

As I’ve mentioned with Johnson and the rain, it could play right into Garcia’s hands.

Garcia has always being known for being a fabulous iron player and I think he could fire at pins with the soft conditions and with the quality he possess in his iron play.

I feel that if he could get anything going with the putter, he could go low in one or two of his rounds.

The Bethpage Black course itself isn’t played regularly on tour, mainly due to the fact its kept for majors, but Garcia has a decent record on the course with a top 10 finish in the 2009 US Open and also a third place finish in the Barclays (now known as the Northern Trust), one of the Fed Ex Cup Playoff events.

Sergio Garcia E/W – Outright Betting – 35/1

Rain could help the chances of Sergio Garcia

Henrik Stenson – Top Swedish – 21/20

A market which contains only three players this week and I’m going for the champion golfer of 2016. A bit of a short price on this one but I think he has great chance up against two players who are out of form in Alexander Noren and Alexander Bjork.

No, Stenson isn’t exactly setting the world alight himself this season with only one top-10 finish in eight starts on tour, but I think he is more than capable of a good week with his accuracy off the tee ranking in seventh this year on the Tour which will be required for a good week around Bethpage.

Noren hasn’t gotten anything going this year with only a last-16 finish in the WGC Match-Play and I don’t see his form improving anytime soon, especially this week.

With regards to Bjork, this is his first appearance since the WGC Mexico Championship back in February where he finished tied 39th. Similar to Noren, I don’t see anything changing here this week in terms of form.

Henrik Stenson – Top Swedish – 21/20

Paul Casey – Top English – 9/2

Twelve English players will tee up at the US PGA. I’ve picked out the ever-consistent Paul Casey here as my pick in this market. I think his price holds a bit of value considering, in my view, he will be realistically up against just Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood & Matt Wallace.

Casey retained his Valspar title on Tour this year and finished up fourth at the Wells Fargo two weeks ago in a strong field, where the majority of players played as their final warm-up for this tournament.

I feel he is the only English player showing consistently in his play at the moment.

Justin Rose is still struggling to click this year after his equipment change but, again, had a very good finish in the Wells Fargo. However, I just feel like he’s lacking confidence for the big tournaments. He recently missed his first cut at The Masters in 14 appearances and I think he’s still looking to get to grips with his equipment this year.

Fleetwood and Wallace are fresh from British Masters appearances and Wallace went very close only to be pipped at the line by Marcus Kinhult. I can see Fleetwood enjoying the course but I still think that Casey is good value here in this market considering the opposition he will facing this week.

Paul Casey – Top English – 9/2



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