Tiger Woods is in great shape for a bid to win his 16th major this week in New York

  • Brooks Koepka is the bookies’ favourite to win the USPGA this year
  • Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are also right at the top of the market 
  • Masters champion Tiger Woods (14/1) deserves to be among the favourites too
  • Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm look good picks But there is plenty of value to be found betting elsewhere – here’s our guide

The 101st US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black is nearly upon us. CHRIS CUTMORE runs through the betting market and offers some tips on where the smart money might lie among the favourites and those flying under the radar.

‘Holy cow, you have to drive your ball here!’

Tiger Woods summed up just how tough a course Bethpage Black is off the tee with this little doozy, and the course so tough it has its own warning sign is surely set to produce a top-class champion at this week’s US PGA Championship.

Or is it? More of that later.

First, let’s look at Woods’ comment and summation of the course, which at 7,432 yards long with a par of just 70 and plenty of thick, juicy rough is just about as tough as it gets.

‘It’s important not only to drive it long, but you have to drive it straight,’ Woods told GolfTV. ‘Balls that are hit into the rough, you can’t advance to the greens because the majority of the greens are elevated. If they dry out by the weekend, it’s going to be hard to hold the ball on the green. I remember in 2002, by the weekend, they were lightning (fast). Guys were making bogeys left and right. It’s going to be easy to make bogeys here and hard to make birdies. The leading score by the end of the week is not going to be that deep. It’s playing long.’

Tiger Woods is in great shape for a bid to win his 16th major this week in New York
Tiger Woods is in great shape for a bid to win his 16th major this week in New York

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