The US PGA Championship begins this Thursday at Quail Hollow, as all the world’s best players gather for the fourth and final major of the year.
So far in 2017, we have seen Sergio Garcia win the Masters at Augusta, Brooke Koepka win the US Open, and world number two Jordan Spieth win The Open.
We take a look at some of the players who may be in the running to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday evening.
The Ulsterman is understandably the favourite for the tournament due to his impressive record at Quail Hollow where he has two wins and a playoff loss.
McIlroy has also recently shown an improvement in performance with top-5 finishes at The Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Both of these factors have seen McIlroy’s odds drop right down inside the 7/1 mark and he can’t be overlooked this week.
Speaking of in form players, Johnson has been steadily building a solid run of form leading up to this week’s tournament.
Johnson had a poor 2017 by his standards but managed a creditable 14th at The Open and finished as runner-up last week at the WGC.
The American has never been the longest off the tee but he has a decent track record at Quail Hollow with finishes of sixth, eleventh and 14th in previous outings at the famous course. It would be difficult to ignore Johnson as an option for an each way bet with current odds of 66/1.
The Englishman has been in excellent form of late and his 2017 has included a sixth at Augusta, fifth at the WGC and eleventh at The Open.
Although his record at Quail Hollow has not been anything to write home about, the course should suit a generally long and consistent driver of the ball such as Casey and he is a consistent performer at the US majors. At odds of 40/1, Casey could be well worth a look.
One man who has shown great potential to produce on the biggest stage is Branden Grace, having shot a record-breaking 62 at The Open just last month.
Grace may be somewhat of an unknown quantity around Quail Hollow as he makes his first appearance at the venue, but he has an impressive record at previous PGA Championships. The South African came third in 2015 and ended up with a fourth-place finish just last year.
Grace has juicy looking odds of 60/1 and wouldn’t be a bad shout for an each way bet.
One man who needs a win to redeem his season is Adam Scott. The Australian has not had a vintage year but did manage to finish ninth at the Masters and 22nd at the British Open.
The 37-year-old should be well suited to the course due to his length off the tee and ball striking ability. The 2013 Masters champion currently sits at odds of 45/1.
There are a wide range of players to choose from in terms of those who could potentially challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy this week.
Rory McIlroy is the obvious pick out of the bookie’s favourites due to his record at Quail Hollow but in my opinion, the value bet here would be two long hitters in either Paul Casey or Adam Scott.
Odds via Paddy Power
Kieran McCarthy, Pundit Arena