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The USPGA Championship

2016-07-31 00:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-07-27 10:15:20)

The USPGA, the final golf Major of the season is the least prestigious and has been ignominiously brought forward to July…to accommodate the Olympics, an event many of the top pro’s do not even want to play in.

The venue is Baltusrol GC in New York. A traditional golf course which is a very tough but fair test of all aspects of a player’s game but at 7400 yards and just a par 70…length off the tee will be an asset.

The fairways are on the narrow side so it is not a grip it and rip long course, it is a strategic course but if you can hit it long….and straight…than so much the better, but how many big hitters bang it straight? Not many. Having a good week with the putter will be more important that hitting it 320 yards.

1 point e/w Charl Schwartzel @ 66/1 with Ladbrokes, Betfred

Schwartzel has a win under his belt this season and has been in good form recently with 11 top 25’s from 14 starts, including his last six. He switched club manufacturer the week before the Open, which seemed a crazy thing to do, but he played well with the new sticks finishing 18th. He hits a lot of greens in regulation, is ranked 9th for scoring average on the PGA Tour, knows how to win majors and seems a big price for a quality player.

1 point e/w Henrik Stenson @ 16/1 Coral, Hills, Sportingbet (e/w 1-7)

Winning back to back majors is a big ask but not unprecedented and this is a course that will play to Stenson’s strengths, especially as he knows when to keep the driver in the bag and can still hit it long with his trusty 3 wood. He played here in the 2005 USPGA made the cut and shot a 67 in round two. Now in the form off his life, with the ‘not to have won a major’ monkey off his back he can continue this hot streak, two wins from his last three is as good as Dustin Johnson’s form but the Swede is twice the price.

1 point Steve Stricker to finish in the top 10 @ 9/1 with Coral

He may not play much competitive golf these days but his recent form suggests he can still golf his ball with T2nd at the St Jude Classic and a very impressive 4th in The Open. He lacks the distance but he keeps it in play and out of trouble. He has had three top 10’s from his last six tournaments and three top 10’s in his last 10 USPGA championships (and another three top 20’s).

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