Updated: November 2019

2018 US PGA Championship – Golf – Bellerive

11 January 2019

2018 US PGA Championship Analysis

The US PGA is the final major of what has been an enthralling season, and after the ups and downs of the recent Open Championship of Carnoustie it gives the Americans a chance to notch up a win on home soil.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on Tiger Woods after what was a mammoth effort at the Open. If Woods can carry on that sort of form it is not going to be long until we see him notch his 15th major championship.

Of course it would be great for Woods, but more importantly it will be great for the sport of Golf if we could see Woods in the winners enclosure again. The bookmakers certainly give him a sound chance as shown in his odds of 18/1.

The action has not stopped since the Open and the recent Canadian Open has just gone to showcase why Dustin Johnson is the world number 1 with yet another sparkling performance.

Johnson shot 66 to finish on 23-under for the tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville to break away from a four-way tie for the lead he was involved in overnight.

In bouncing back from missing the cut at the Open, Johnson shared the lead overnight with Kim Meen-whee, An Byeong-hun and Kevin Tway, but dropped just one shot in the final round and this was a show of real determination from the world number 1 after missing the cut at The Open Championship.

Johnson is 10/1 favorite to lift the final major of the season and will be many punters idea of a solid each way bet with Paddy Power and Betfair paying 7 places.

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2018 US PGA Championship – Betting Tips and Analysis

Getting back to the tournament betting, we have picked out 3 players to watch out for at the Bellerive Country Club this week.

Francesco Molinari 25/1

The Open Championship winner may have been a surprise to many but his form this season has been nothing short of sensational.

He tied for second in this tournament in 2017 and is on a real roll at the moment with his putting seemingly showing massive improvement. Winner at the BMW PGA in Europe, winner at Quicken Loans, runner-up at John Deere and winner at the aforementioned Open Championship, where he went the last 36 holes (two rounds) without a single bogey. Molinari made a strong run last year, shooting 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish two shots behind winner Justin Thomas.

Patrick Reed 40/1

Reed is one of the best scramblers in the business and could still end up winning 50% of this seasons Major Championships if he brings his A game to Bellerive.

There aren’t too many players who have a stronger short game than Reed and this course with its tree lined fairways and tough rough will see many players having to get up and down from off the green. Reed fits the bill as one player to take advantage of such conditions.

Tony Finau 50/1

Finau is the only golfer to have finished in the top 10 in each of the previous 2018 major championships. That shows us a couple of key things about Mr Finau, a solid all round game for all conditions, plus a strong mental toughness which will be needed at this tricky circuit at Bellerive.

Finau’s lack of success overall on the PGA tour is a minor detractor but at odds of 50/1 available, you will find worse places to place your bet on the 2018 US PGA Championship.

The US PGA Stats and Facts

When looking at stats for the forthcoming tournament it is also interesting to look at past winners of PGA Tour events and you can find a list of all of the winners of PGA Tour events here 

As for stats for this particular championship then you can see from the info below some interesting angles for betting purposes.

1. The last five years have a combined score from the winners of -68 to par so the average winning score comes in at -15.6. It is very unlikely that we will see a score like that and for betting purposes you will probably want to look at the tournament winner shooting in single under par figures.

2. Only once in the last 10 years has the winner shot less than 66 in the opening round.

3. The last tournament at Bellerive was in 1992 when Nick Price was the victor. Price only shot one round (a sixty eight) in all four rounds.

4. Tiger Woods is the only player to win back to back PGA’s twice (1999 & 2000) and again (2006 & 2007)……….anybody fancy 2018 & 2019?

Enjoy the four days and make sure to check out our Top 5 Bookmakers for Golf Betting.