Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, is the host for the second golf major of the year, the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods is sure to grab all the build-up headlines as the 15-time major winner makes his first appearance since his remarkable US Masters victory, and another repeat performance will see Woods not only claim the prize for a fifth time, but edge him even closer to Jack Nicklaus’ major record. FansBet golf expert David Kristiansen returns with his betting preview and tips for the event and if you are after some value then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our enhanced odds available, including Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods all to finish in the top 10 boosted to a massive 21.0!
What Happened At The Byron Nelson
The week before the years second major wasn’t one to remember for anyone else than Sung Kang, the South Korean got his first PGA tour victory after beating Scott Piercy and Matt Every by two shots in what was a lacklustre leader board with the exception of Brooks Koepka who followed up his runner up at the Masters with a 4th place finish in Dallas. Kang can thank his putter for pushing him over the line gaining an impressive if not sustainable 10,3 shots on the field on the greens.
Our picks all made the cut but failed to put them self anywhere near contention over the weekend with none of them cracking the top 50.
About Bethpage Black
Course: Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York
Length: 7436 yards (Par 70)
Greens: Poa Annua
Architect: A. W. Tillinghast
For the first time since 1949 the PGA Championship is held in May and personally the move has me more exited than I have ever been for this tournament. The second major of the year heads to Farmingdale, New York and Bethpage Black.
The Par 70 course has hosted four big tournaments over the last 20 years that have seen Tiger Woods (-3, 2002 US Open), Lucas Glover (-4, 2009 US Open), Nick Watney (-10, 2012 Barclays) and Patrick Reed (-9, 2016 Barclays) emerge victorious. Its important to note that it was played as a par 71 the two times the Barclays was here.
The players will face a long and tough treelined course, with medium rough and a lot of elevated greens protected by deep bunkers. The 7th hole that played as a par 5 in The Barclays is converted to a gruelling 524-yard par 4 for the best golfers in the world this week. Three of the four par 3s is over 200 yards with the 14th clocking in at 161 yards being the only exception. The greens are Poa Annua and normally pretty fast (around 12-13 on the stimp). While the greens are smaller than the tour average, they are not very undulated.
As off now the wind is forecasted to be around 10-12 mph the whole week, the area has had a lot of rain in the weeks leading up to the championship and its also expected to rain a couple of the days this week, which could lead to the rough playing tougher than the length of it suggests.
In my opinion a winning score in the neighbourhood of -4 to -8 is likely.
So here are the things I will be looking at/for:
- Straight and long enough or very long and straight enough
- Strokes gained approach
- Proximity 150-200 yards
- Sand saves
- History on hard courses
- Greens in regulation
- Par 4 scoring
- Poa Annua putting
Bethpage Black Golfing World
Tiger hasn’t tee`d it up since his miraculous win at Augusta a month ago which was probably the smart thing to do for a man in his 40s with a bad back who had just won his first major in over a decade.
When he now continues his quest for Jack`s record it is at a venue where he secured major number 8 back in 2002. And even though he doesn’t have the same length advantage that he had back then it’s absolutely possible to see him hoist major trophy number 16 come Sunday evening.
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PGA Championship Betting Tips
The 24-year-old world number 11 has been the hallmark of consistency this season with top 10 finishes in eight of his last ten starts. He ranks in the top 20 in strokes gained off the tee, greens in regulation and driving distance. After not really contending in the Majors early in his professional career the Spaniard now has three top 10s in the last five majors including a T4 at last years PGA championship. It is just a matter of time before the fiery young phenom gets his first major and his skill set really sets up for him this week in New York.
The Utah native is quite the conundrum as he has still just the lone tour win at the non-prestigious Puerto Rico Open three years ago, but it feels like a big win is coming any day now. He has top 10s in four of the last five majors so its clear that he thrives when the courses get harder and the competition tougher. He ranks 7th in total strokes gained on long and difficult courses, he has gained strokes on approach in six of his last seven starts and he is one of the best drivers of the golf ball.
The one-time major champion has been hot with his approaches gaining over 5 strokes in four of his last six tracked tournaments. The Spaniard excels at harder courses as highlighted by his two wins at the notorious hard Valderrama course in 2017 and 2018. Poa Annua is by far his preferred putting surface. The last time we saw Sergio was two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo, where he not only had an impressive T4 finish, but his underlying stats shoved him gaining strokes in all four major categories. Spearheaded by a superb 6,6 strokes gained on approach. In conclusion Garcia is both straight and long enough off the tee, hot with his irons, immaculate around the greens and if he just has an averages putting week I give him a good chance of picking up major number two.
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