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US PGA Championship betting tips: Happy hunting ground for McIlroy

| 18.05.2021
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The US PGA Championship returns to Kiawah Island for the second major of the season.

Collin Morikawa won last year’s event at TPC Harding Park and is 25/1 to retain his title.

The 24-year-old has continued to impress since holding off Paul Casey to make his major breakthrough, adding a WGC title in February and finishing seventh at the RBC Heritage on his last outing.

With strong winds likely, hitting Kiawah’s elevated greens will be crucial and Morikawa currently leads the PGA Tour for strokes gained – approach.

There are doubts over the fitness of world number one Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson with a knee injury and is a 16/1 chance.

Should Johnson arrive in South Carolina fully fit, he would still require an upturn in form having only recorded one top-10 finish in his last six outings so he is unlikely to feature in too many US PGA Championship betting tips.

McIlroy looks to end major drought

Rory McIlroy is the 10/1 favourite, which reflects a remarkable turnaround in the Northern Irishman’s fortunes.

A missed cut at last month’s Masters saw McIlroy drop to 15th in the world – his lowest ranking since 2009.

Having added Pete Cowen to his coaching team in a bid to rediscover his form having not won since 2019, the 32-year-old captured the Wells Fargo Championship.

That took him back inside the world’s top 10 and was McIlroy’s third victory at Quail Hollow.

Kiawah Island is another of McIlroy’s happy hunting grounds – he was a runaway eight-shot winner when the PGA was last held over the Ocean Course in 2012 – and the Ryder Cup star will be eager to end a seven-year wait for a major victory.

American Keegan Bradley was tied for third behind McIlroy in 2012 and captured the only major of his career to date in the 2011 US PGA.

The last of Bradley’s four PGA Tour wins came back in 2018, but the 60/1 chance has been trending in the right direction.

After struggling with his putting in recent years, Bradley has finished no lower than 30th in his last six starts, including a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship.

Another player coming back to form at the right time is Jordan Spieth, who won the Valero Texas Open last month and has finished third at Augusta and ninth at the AT&T Byron Nelson since.

A three-time major champion, Spieth is priced at 12/1 in the US PGA Championship odds to add a fourth this week.

Oosthuizen’s putting makes him a threat

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen has finished as runner-up at all four majors since winning The Open in 2010, and the South African will hope his good form with the putter can help him enjoy another profitable week.

Oosthuizen leads the PGA Tour for strokes gained – putting, and is a 50/1 chance to win over a layout where the greens can be difficult to read.

American Patrick Reed is second in that category, and available at 30/1 to add to his 2018 Masters win.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.