The final major of the golf calendar begins Thursday (Aug 10th) at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. The course is one many players are familiar with, as the Wells Fargo Championship was held at the club between 2003 and 2016. The first several holes have been changed for this major, but those who have done well in Charlotte are likely to enjoy the course again.
There are also a few storylines going into the PGA Championship: Jordan Spieth is focused on becoming the youngest player ever to capture the career grand slam; Rory McIlroy is looking to win his first major since he took the event back in 2014; and Dustin Johnson is hoping to get back on track following the freak accident prior to the Masters that derailed his season.
So where is best value? Let’s take a look.
2017 PGA Championship: Who’s the best betting value?
Rory McIlroy: 13/2
He’s the favorite because among the best players in the world, McIlroy has been the most successful on this course. He won in Charlotte back in 2010, lost in a playoff in 2012, and shot an incredible 21 under par to win by seven strokes two years ago. A four time major winner, McIlroy has won the PGA Championship twice, finished in the Top 5 on four occasions, and Top 10 five times. He was fourth at this year’s Open Championship and finished fifth at the Bridgestone Invitational last week.
Jordan Spieth: 8/1
After winning the Open Championship, Jordan Spieth has the opportunity to become the youngest player to ever capture the career grand slam. His surge started in 2015 when he earned the Masters and U.S. Open titles. Earlier this year, he was victorious at the British Open.
Two years ago Spieth was the runner up at the PGA, and last season finished 13th. He hasn’t played in Charlotte since finishing 32nd at the Wells Fargo in 2013, but has the confidence to get the win.
Hideki Matsuyama: 10/1
Nobody is playing better than Matsuyama right now. He won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last weekend after 14th place performances at both the Open Championship and Irish Open prior. Six times he has been in the Top 10 at majors, five of those being in the Top 5. He was fourth at the PGA last year. Matsuyama has steadily improved in Charlotte, finishing 38th in 2014, 20th in 2015, and 11th last year.
Dustin Johnson: 23/2
Though Johnson is ranked number one in the world, he has had a strange year. He was on fire early on, winning three straight tournaments in February and March, but has struggled in the majors, often being more mediocre or bad than good since the start of June. Johnson finished 17th last week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
His track record at the PGA is also inconsistent: Four times he’s been in the Top 10 but was cut last year, didn’t play in 2014, and threw up stinkers in 2011 and 2012. He missed the cut during his last try at the Wells Fargo in Charlotte back in 2011.
Rickie Fowler: 14/1
There are good reasons to like Rickie Fowler this week. He has finished among the Top 10 in four of the last five tournaments he’s played. He won in Charlotte back in 2012 and finished fourth last year. Fowler has been among the Top 10 at seven majors, and in six of those, he was in the Top 5. However, he’s still looking for his first win. Aside from finishing third in the PGA three years ago, Fowler has never done better than a 19th place performance.
The Best Bet
You want to have a horse for the course, and McIlroy and Fowler have played the best at Quail Hollow. When Spieth won the Open Championship, it broke a string of seven straight majors captured by a first time major champion. Fowler is ready, plays well in Charlotte, and offers the best value among the top contenders.