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The PGA Championship betting preview

So then, here we are for one last final hurrah. ‘Glory’s last shot’ (or now what they laboriously call ‘The Seasons Final Major’

The PGA Championship 2014 provides that final opportunity for all the worlds best to grab hold of a major, whilst this year it is the start of that final push for Ryder Cup qualifications, for those eligible 😉

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So then, this sets up to be a cracker, a few big names all playing seriously well, this has the potential to be a beaut of a final major for 2014! But who will win, Mcilroy is looking unmovable as the World number one whilst Sergio is ‘serging’ forward to a great year in 2014. Apologies for the pun!

Well, Valhalla. That name just sounds so cool doesnt it? Yeah, yeah anyway… The par 71 course will play at 7,458 yards – a remarkable 295 yards longer than Oak Hill last year and a couple of hundred more since Valhalla last hosted a major event – the 2011 Senior PGA Championship.

Valhalla is very much risk and reward, every winner since 2004 has averaged 290+ yards on Tour before their PGA victory (barring Jason Dufner last year!) But it’s not all about the length, ohhhh no! ther’s more to Valhalla than just smashing your tee ball– this war will require bravery yes, but a strategic battle-plan will, without doubt, provide us with the winner.

The tips you ask? Well, lets get to it.

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SERGIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The 1999 PGA Championship was the scene of Sergio Garcia’s arrival, a much more hot-headed character to the one we see today. It’s a tournament that has also seen him finish 2nd, back in 2008. With his newfound putting ability and love for the ‘claw grip’, Sergio has the perfect armory to attack Valhalla. Sergio has been is superb form lately, with a great display at the open and the wGC last week, he’s in touching distance of Mcilroy and it seems he’s got some good form at the right time.

Matt Kuchar, like Serge, he’s not far away, both of them are more than capable of winning a major, is it just a matter of time?

Rory. Enough said, he’s on flames at the moment and if he plays like he has been doing there is very little anybody else can do about it.

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Mahan, to me Hunter Mahan is one of the best American golfers on tour. His sweet ball striking, matched with consistency off the tee could help Hunter battle his way through Valhalla.

A bit of Aussie grit? Yeah Scotty should be up there as per, but we are talking Marc Leishman! 6 top 10s which include a 3rd last week at the WGC, T5 at The Open, T8 at the Quicken Loans National and T2 at Farmers Insurance Open, a few good ffinishes at tricky courses show he could be a contender for the final major!

Sooooooooooooooo the stage is set, the final major, lets see whatcha got Valhalla!

Thanks again!

Tiger is that you? No no, it’s Patrick Reed

After watching the WGC the other week I was somewhat surprised by Patrick Reeds’ comments.

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Patrick Reed, 23 years old, won his third tourney since August, holding off a stellar field at the WGC Cadillac Championship. He’s now the youngest to ever win a WGC event, I watched him play, he played solid throughout the weekend and deserved to win. He even wore Tigers Sunday red… Oh yeah he went there.

However after the win, Reed said he believed he was one of the Top 5 players in the world (he is in the Top 20 World Rankings), which caused a stir on Twitter and maybe didn’t win him any new fans!

“I’ve worked so hard. I’ve won a lot in my junior career. I did great in my amateur career. I went 6-0 in match play in NCAAs. We won NCAAs two years in a row (at Augusta State). I got third individually one year at NCAAs. Now, I have three wins on the PGA Tour. I just don’t see a lot of guys who’ve done that, besides Tiger and the other legends of the game. I believe in myself. I feel like I’m one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I’ve proven myself.” Well… There’s being confident and then there’s that! I’m a massive believer in confidence, especially in golf, you have to be and in some way I agree, however I don’t think this was the right way to go about making new friends on the PGA.

I’m no expert but I hadn’t heard of Reed before his win, and if he thinks he’s up there with Tiger then he’s somewhat deluded! Or maybe he meant he looked the same, then yes most definitely up there with Tiger.

 

WGC, Doral and Rory!

Now i’m a big big Mcilroy fan but this got me rattled a little!

Asked what he would take from the week, he replied wryly: “I don’t know. Maybe re-think the schedule next year.”

While he stopped short of saying he would skip the tournament next year, he did suggest it’s not a course he would choose to play if it didn’t host a WGC event.

“I don’t know, that’s a good question” McIlroy said. “Obviously it is so you come. It depends what you want. It has been a tough couple of weeks. (PGA National) isn’t an easy course. It’s a tough stretch. I’m all for having a tough course but it’s nice to make birdies, too. It depends what you want.

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“It’s a frustrating golf course because you feel like you should be doing so much better, and it just doesn’t allow you to. You have to be so precise and just to get the ball close on some of these greens and these pin positions. I don’t know if it’s because you’ve got memories of the course before, like going low, and the way it is now it just doesn’t allow you to do that.”

Now, not jumping the gun a little but isnt that the idea of professional golf, it’s meant to be tough? I agree in the sense that one or two birdies are very welcome, yes, however come on, these are meant to be the best golfers on the planet, they should still have to work for their living!

Anyyyyyway McIlroy will return at the Shell Houston Open in two weeks’ time.