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USPGA Championship betting tips: Morikawa can thrive in Tulsa

| 16.05.2022

Preview, odds and USPGA Championship betting tips

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is the 11/1 favourite to win back-to-back majors at this week’s US PGA Championship at the magnificent Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The American has won four of his last seven tournaments which have understandably propelled him to the top of the world rankings.

Phil Mickelson will not defend the title he won at Kiawah Island 12 months ago, but let’s look at some potential contenders in our USPGA Championship betting tips.

Tough test awaits in Tulsa

Fairways have been widened, trees removed and bunkers added to the Champions Course when it last hosted the major 15 years ago as Tiger Woods shot a second-round 63 en route to a two-shot victory over Woody Austin.

Gil Hanse’s 2019 revamp means this par-70 is playing 200 yards longer at 7,365 yards and with small, compartmentalised greens and strong winds expected on Thursday and Friday, players will be tested to the full.

There is a case to be made for many of the players at the top of the market, but we’ll start with two-time major winner Collin Morikawa as the first of our USPGA Championship betting tips at 18/1.

The Open champion won the first of his two major titles at the 2020 USPGA Championship at TPC Harding Park which was played without spectators and he remains one of the best second-shot players on the planet.

Eighth in strokes gained approaching the green this season, Morikawa was fifth at the US Masters, his fourth successive top-10 finish in major tournaments.

The only slight concern is that all winners since 2006 played in the two weeks before the tournament started and Morikawa has not competed since finishing 26th at the RBC Heritage more than a month ago, but he is still expected to be right up there.

Cameron Smith missed the cut at the Heritage in his last appearance, but his overall form could not be much better given he won The Players Championship two months ago and tied for third at the US Masters.

Cameron Smith, US Masters odds

The Aussie has a poor record at the USPGA Championship having never finished better than 25th in six appearances, but he could break his major duck this week.

A good wind player, Smith is also an excellent scrambler which will be needed in the run-off areas of the greens that will inevitably be missed.

The world number three hits plenty of greens and looks an interesting prospect at 20/1.

One other player who stands out in terms of finding greens is Will Zalatoris who is the next of our USPGA Championship betting tips at 33/1.

Will Zalatoris, US Masters odds

Although he missed the cut at last week’s Byron Nelson, Zalatoris was sixth at Augusta and has finished in the top 10 in four of his last five major tournaments that he completed, including eighth at Kiawah Island last year.

The American leads the way in strokes gained approaching the green and although his putting needs to improve, this venue seems to be a second-shot course and Zalatoris fits the bill in that regard.

Hideki Matsuyama is still riding the crest of a wave more than a year after his US Masters triump and he has a chance in our USPGA Championship betting tips at 25/1.

Hideki Matsuyama, USPGA Championship betting tips

The Japanese had been struggling with back and neck problems recently, but shot a closing 62 at the Byron Nelson to finish in a tie for third, two shots behind winner KH Lee.

Matsuyama is another player who metronomically finds the dance floor and three wins in 13 months suggests he is likely to be in the mix on Sunday.

Of the outsiders, Min Woo Lee may be worth a punt at 300/1 with eight each-way places being offered by Ladbrokes this week.

The long-hitting Aussie is a two-time winner on the DP World Tour, showing his liking for links courses with victory at last year’s Scottish Open, so he may not be fazed by the wind that blows this week.

Lee was 14th on his Masters debut and although this is only his third major appearance, he may cause a surprise like Robert Macintyre who catches the eye at 150/1.

The likeable Scot finished 12-23 at the last two US Masters and has made the cut in all eight major appearances, so he is not out of the running.

USPGA Championship Info

Where: Champions Course, Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma

When: May 19-22

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Warren Barner