USPGA Championship Golf Betting Tips, Offers, Odds, History, Facts, Stats and Preview, 28th-31st July 2016
The last major of the year is the USPGA, taking place at Baltusrol in 2016, from the 28-31 July. Read on as we bring you the best enhanced odds betting offers and free bets, as well as some top betting tips to help you make some cash from betting on the US PGA Championship.
US PGA Championship Betting Tips
- Dustin Johnson to win at 8/1 with Ladbrokes
- Sergio Garcia each way at 28/1 with Coral
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Rory McIlroy at 27/1 – Jason Day at 30/1 – Dustin Johnson at 24/1 – Jordan Spieth at 42/1 –
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Preview, Tips and Analysis
Baltusrol is known amongst golf fans as one of the most fearsome challenges in the game. It is a long track which can stretch out to 7,428 yards for the members who play it as a par 72 but when the US PGA comes into town, the par is reduced to 70.
Two par fives are converted to par fours in the opening few holes which help to make the front nine incredibly challenging. The back nine offers more scoring options but will still punish anybody who has even the slightest lapse in concentration. Quirkily, the Lower Course ends with two par fives. The closing stretch could then provide some late, late drama to bring the curtain down on a fantastic season in terms of the majors.
In order to get around Baltusrol with a respectable score it is absolutely necessary to keep the ball out of trouble. Over the past few years many of the fairway bunkers have been made deeper and moved slightly so that they are in even more troubling positions. Given the length of the course, it is important to hit the ball a long way off the tee but anybody who pulls their driver too often runs the risk of finding themselves in the very penal rough.
Dustin Johnson has put himself in the position to win majors plenty of times before but it was only at this year’s US Open that he was finally able to get over the line.
That win, especially given its extraordinary circumstances, has given him all the confidence he needs to go on and win many more. Technically, his work with Butch Harmon to hit a repeatable fade has really paid off and his power means he can hit irons off the tee and still keep up with those hitting woods and drivers. DJ is the favourite for good reason and at 8/1 with Ladbrokes he’s the man to stop.
His record at the USPGA is very strong and the types of course usually used for this Championship, including Baltusrol, suit DJ brilliantly. He has four top 10s in six previous appearances and with a major under his belt he can improve that record with a big win. In the past six majors on US soil he has finished no worse than seventh and odds of 8/1 look very big to us.
Each Way Betting Tip
Each of 2016’s three majors have been won by players breaking their major duck and Sergio Garcia will be fancying his chances of becoming the fourth such winner of the year. You could fill a book with the amount that has been written about Garcia’s mental fragility when it comes to the biggest tournaments but he looks as prepared as ever ahead of this week. His last four finishes are T5-T5-T5-1 and he should at least place at nice odds of 28/1 with Coral.
Just for fun…
The USPGA has a history of throwing up surprise winners, none more so than in 1991 when John Daly, originally only a reserve to even play and the ninth reserve at that, announced himself to the golf world. Check out the video below where he’s playing golf without a shirt or shoes just to get an idea of quite how unpredictable his win was! “Don’t underestimate the fat man”
USPGA Championship History
The USPGA Championship – just called the PGA in America – is the final Major of the year, customarily played in mid-August, four weeks after the British Open, although it is sometimes a little earlier for scheduling reasons. The total purse in 2012 was a whopping $8m, with winner Rory McIlroy picking up a very cool $1.4m, as compared to Daly’s $230,000 back in 1991. Not even enough to buy golf shoes.
Whilst it has been held at a large number of different courses, in more recent times this has been limited to a more select band, with Hazeltine, Whistling Straights, Medinah and now Oak Hill all holding it twice since 1999. Valhalla and Baltusrol, due to hold the tournament in 2014 and 2016 respectively are also among those elite courses.
First held in 1916 the first two tournaments (the second not until 1919 due to the war) were won by an Englishman, Jim Barnes. From 1916 to 1957 it was a match play event before moving to stroke play in 1958. That change was largely due to pressure from the TV networks who wanted to have several top players in contention on the final day, rather than just two, possibly of low rank.
The USPGA is the only one of the four Majors that does not automatically invite the world’s top 50 players, although in practice they invariably invite any member of the top 100 who has not qualified by one means or other. It is usually played in the Eastern USA, only 10 times in almost 100 tournaments has it been played in the West.
Click here for the official USPGA Championship website for more details on the history of this fine tournament.
USPGA Championship recent winners
- 2015 – Jason Day, Australia, Whistling Straights
- 2014 – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Valhalla
- 2013 – Jason Dufner, USA, Oak Hill East Course
- 2012 – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Kiawah Island
- 2011 – Keegan Bradley, USA, Atlanta Athletic Club
- 2010 – Martin Kaymer, Germany, Whistling Straights
- 2009 – Yang Yong-eun, South Korea, Hazeltine National
- 2008 – Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Oakland Hills
- 2007 – Tiger Woods, USA, Southern Hills
- 2006 – Tiger Woods, USA, Medinah Country Club
- 2005 – Phil Mickleson, USA, Baltusrol
- 2004 – Vijay Singh, Fiji, Whistling Straights
- 2003 – Shaun Micheel, USA, Oak Hill
USPGA Championship Trivia and Facts
- Rory McIlroy – McIlroy’s second round 75 in 2012 was the highest round ever by a winner at the USPGA Championship.
- -20 – The best score against par in USPGA history recorded by Jason Day in 2015, with Tiger Woods (2000 and 2006) shooting -18. Perhaps the unluckiest man in USPGA history? Bob May. Shot -18 in 2000 and lost the play-off.
- Rodman Wanamaker – The former department store owner donated the first trophy for 1916 champ Jim Barnes, a diamond-studded gold medal. The champion now receives a slightly less gaudy Wanamaker Trophy. And a big fat cheque.
- Youngest winner – Gene Sarazen was just 20 years 174 days old when he won in 1922. 54 years later he would become the oldest winner of the British Open.
- 63 – The lowest single round ever in the USPGA, a score achieved by 11 different men, most recently Steve Stricker in his opening round in 2011.
- 8 shots – Rory McIlroy’s decimation of the field in 2012 was the biggest winning margin in USPGA history (stroke play). Just imagine what he could have done if he hadn’t have messed about in the second round!
- 8 & 7 – The biggest win in the match play format was against legend Sam Snead – in 1938, with Paul Runyan (nickname Little Poison) the victor.
- Most Wins – Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus are tied on five wins each, with Tiger Woods on four.
- Play-offs – Play-offs have been needed to decide the winner 18 times (including extra holes in match play). Byron Nelson is the only man to lose twice, in 1939 and 1941.
- David Toms – Toms shot the lowest four-round total in 2001 when his 265 score saw him home.