The US PGA starts today at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The course was last used in 2010 for this competition and although there have been some minor tweaks since then, it still remains a long open golf course with tough greens and hundreds of bunkers. There has been plenty of rain around over the past few days so the course is playing pretty soft at the moment.
There are a lot of similarities between Whistling Straits and Chambers Bay, which was used for the US Open and was extremely tough. The scoring is expected to be lower here however and it will suit players that can hit high, soft approach shots as many of the greens have a strange upturned saucer design.
To win here the players are going to be able to hit a high number of greens in regulation, therefore being long off the tee will be a big advantage, and having an ability to scramble up and downs when the inevitable trouble occurs. This is going to be more a case of an iron test than a putting test I think.
Jordan Spieth comes into this as the obvious favourite, Two major win and a third in the other major so far this year has seen the 22 year old shoot up the rankings this year and it would be no surprise to see him triumph again this week.
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Rory Mcllroy comes here having had the past 6 weeks off with injury. However, he has managed to get plenty of practice in his recent trip to Portugal and has spent the weekend at Whistling Straits so that could prove a handy advantage. The course is set up to favour his game and he was third here in 2010. At best price 14/1 he is my main bet for the week.
Brandon Grace has been a good record on coastal courses and looked on course for a potential victory at Chambers Bay until he messed up on the 16th. He finished fourth in the end but that will stand him in good stead for the test to come here. He is a solid ball striker who puts well and I think if he can get off to a good start we can get an excellent run for our money at 80/1.
Rory Mcllroy - 2 points @ 13/1
Brandon Grace - 1 point each way @ 80/1