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Hard to split hairs over in-form Americans at PGA C’ship

| 06.08.2014

For the American golfers heading to the final major tournament of the golfing year, the fact that the event is being held at Kentucky’s Valhalla Golf Club should fill them with huge confidence.

On the previous two occasions the Jack Nicklaus-designed course played host to the PGA Championship, in 1996 and 2000, an American golfer came out on top.

More recently, the course was the venue the last time Team USA managed to avoid humiliation at the hands of the Europeans in the Ryder Cup, when they toppled Nick Faldo’s squad 16.5 – 11.5 in 2008.

While two Europeans head to the course arguably in the best form, with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia battling it out for the top two spots in the last two tournaments, there’s some ripe-looking odds to take up on who will be the�leading home player.

Two men, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk, may not be able to lay claim to the kind of form their continental competitors boast, but are the leading candidates to win the race to be Top American in Louisville.

Fowler, who is the market leader at 10/1, has been a consistent presence at the top of the major leaderboards this term, landing a spot inside the top five in all three run outs.

He was also T8 at the Bridgestone Invitational in his last start and broke into the top 20 of the PGA Championship for the first time in his career last year.

Furyk’s slightly plumper odds of 14/1 perhaps sway the betting needle his way. He’s had seven top 10’s on Tour this season, of which three have been runners-up spots, the most recent of which came two tournaments ago in the Canadian Open.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.