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USPGA Championship betting tips: English duo can thrive

| 16.05.2021

The second major of the year takes place this week when the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island hosts the USPGA Championship 20 years after the Ryder Cup’s War on the Shore.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy coasted to an eight-shot victory at the same course in 2012 to land the first of his two USPGA titles and following a third Wells Fargo Championship success two weeks ago he is the 10/1 favourite to make it another hat-trick on Sunday.

Jon Rahm is next in the betting to land a first major, but in a competitive field we’ll examine some of the other contenders in our USPGA Championship betting tips.

Wind and length to test players

Kiawah Island is the longest course in major history at 7,846 yards but length isn’t the only problem the players will face at this South Carolina venue which is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast where the wind is usually a factor.

Europeans should go well at this wonderful Pete Dye-designed course which has links written all over it and that was borne out by the 2012 edition when seven of the top 10 were from this continent.

Back then, the USPGA was played in August when the course was soft but this time around it is expected to be much harder and faster, so there are plenty of factors to bear in mind for our USPGA betting tips.

Dustin Johnson missed last week’s Byron Nelson Championship with a knee problem and two-time champion Brooks Koepka is still on the comeback trail so the top end of the market may not be the place to look, especially with McIlroy struggling to find fairways which will be key this week.

So, we’re flying the flag this week with two Englishmen among our selections and an American who performed well here nine years ago.

Fleetwood loves links

We start with Tommy Fleetwood who is still searching for his first major title and is 50/1 to get the job done at the 22nd time of asking.

Fleetwood is a quality ball striker and his last three finishes at The Open read 27-12-2, which is probably the best measure for how players will fare this week.

The 30-year-old Lancastrian is also an excellent wind player and has lots of links experience from playing around Southport’s Golf Coast which boasts Royal Birkdale as one of its finest courses.

Fleetwood has been so-so in 2021 but he had a top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, was fifth at the Dye-designed Austin Country Club for the World Match Play and 14th two weeks ago at Quail Hollow, so he has potential as one of our USPGA Championship betting tips.

Cap fits for Hatton

Fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton also loves links golf and is available at 40/1 to get his hands on the Wanamaker Trophy.

Tyrrell Hatton

Hatton already has a win to his name in 2021 having secured a four-shot victory over Jason Scrivener in Abu Dhabi in January for a sixth career European Tour title and he has two top-fives in his last four Open appearances.

A straight-hitter, Kiawah Island is just the sort of challenge Hatton relishes and only Sergio Garcia has better strokes gained: tee to green figures than him on the European Tour, so hopefully he will have a good week.

Dye tie promising for Kim

Si Woo Kim and 2011 champion Keegan Bradley also look like interesting options at 90/1 and 66/1 respectively.

The 25-year-old South Korean won his third PGA Tour title at the American Express in January which involved a couple of rounds on the PGA West course, designed by Dye who also happens to be the architect at TPC Sawgrass, the scene for Kim’s Players Championship triumph four years ago.

Young players have fared well at the USPGA in the last 10 years, including current champion Collin Morikawa, and Kim has been excellent at big tournaments lately so he has a chance as does Bradley who tied for third here 12 years ago.

Although, we expect Europeans to perform well, Americans have won the last five USPGA Championships and Bradley has been very consistent lately with six consecutive top-30s, including runner-up at the recent Valspar Championship and 18th at Quail Hollow.

USPGA Championship Info

Where: Kiawah Island, South Carolina

When: May 20-23

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner