US PGA Championship
The US PGA Championship perhaps doesn’t hold quite the prestige of the other three majors, but it offers the last chance for players to grab one of the big ones each year and it has produced scintillating, fascinating golf on numerous occasions.
As you will see in the historical information below, the US PGA stands tall and competes well with the other three majors – not least in terms of prize money on offer. The players love it too, and so should punters as there are always plenty of great betting offers available, which we’ll detail right here for you, whilst our free bets are just perfect for betting on the Open, US PGA or indeed any tournament!
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US PGA Championship Betting Tips, Odds, Free Bets and Offers, 10 August 2017
It’s time for the final major championship of the year this week as the US PGA Championship takes place at Quail Hollow. The tournament has suffered a little in terms of prestige in comparison to the three other majors but it has made great play of offering one last shot at glory in the season and many of the world’s best golfers will turn up this week desperate to put a positive slant on their year. With so many quality golfers hitting form and a challenging course you should expect plenty of late drama come Sunday evening.
Quail Hollow has a rich history on the PGA Tour. It made its debut on Tour back in 1969 and over the years it has become one of the most popular stop offs for the world’s top golfers. Quail Hollow was not, however, on the schedule for this season as it underwent serious renovation work to take it up to the standard require to host a major championship. Three new holes were created on the front nine and subtle changes were made throughout the layout.
Now a par 71 that can stretch to 7,600 yards, Quail Hollow is a real test of driving. Players who hit the ball long and straight are never disadvantaged but they’ve got a particular edge at Quail Hollow as you can tell by the list of recent winners of the Wells Fargo Championship that takes place there. Rory McIlroy, J. B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler have all won in the last five years and will be fancying their chances come Thursday morning.
As well as being able to drive it well, top quality iron play into the tricky greens is a major play as is being able to scramble to keep bogeys off the card when greens are missed in regulation.
Matsuyama on a Roll
When you look at what is required to win at Quail Hollow it is very easy to make a case for last week’s winner, Hideki Matsuyama. Just look at the Japanese sensation’s strokes gained statistics on the PGA Tour. He ranks 11th off the tee, 12th for approaching the green, 11th around the greens and second from tee to green.
The only place that Matsuyama tends to struggle is on the greens but that shouldn’t prove too much of a hindrance this week so back him to win at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
Each Way at the USPGA
Thomas Pieters was a very disappointed man on Sunday evening. The young Belgian had got himself into a position to win at Firestone but just couldn’t get going during his final round. Pieters would have had time to reflect on the week on the flight down to Charlotte and having done so he should be happy with his overall play.
People have been tipping the big hitter for major success for a while and he showed last week that he can compete with the very best once again. The combination of confidence and frustration could kick him on to a huge week so back Pieters each way at 60/1 with Betfred.
US PGA Championship History
The US PGA Championship, or the PGA Championship if you’re American, is the final major of the golf year and is held in the middle of August each season. Founded in 1916, it is the third oldest major behind the US Open and the The Open, the latter of which dates back to 1860. The youngest major is the US Masters, a mere baby of a tournament having first been played in 1934!
The US PGA is often psychologically bracketed alongside the US Open by some European fans, in part because of the style of course usually used, and whilst some may view it as the least prestigious of the four majors it is undoubtedly a magnificent championship and a great betting opportunity for golf betting fans.
It is actually the richest of the four majors, with a purse of $10m and the 2015 winner taking home $1.8m. Go back to 1916 when England’s Jim Barnes won the first ever US PGA Championship and that winner’s prize was a mere $500, whilst by 1942 it was just $1,000. Even as recently as the late 1970s the winner only won around $30,000 but between 1995 and 2004 the prize for the victor jumped massively from $360,000 to more than $1m!
The tournament came about when the PGA (Professional Golfers Association of America) was created in New York, the United States Golf Association (USGA) having been created much earlier, in 1894. A wealthy retailer, Rodman Wanamaker, hosted a lunch of administrators and top golfers to try and create flagship event for the organisation and, in line with the US Open and The Open, the first US PGA Championship was hosted in October.
As well as $500, Barnes also won a gold medal, studded with diamonds, that had been donated by Wanamaker, whilst the winner today receives the Wanamaker Trophy, as well as permanent ownership of a smaller replica of said trophy. After the initial tournament there was a two year hiatus due to the First World War and then in 1919 Barnes retained his trophy.
The US PGA was initially a match play event and whilst it was originally played in October, the date of the championship varied between May and December. It moved around frequently until 1965 when it was played in August and that move was made permanent in 1971, enabling players to compete in all four majors after early timetabling created something of a clash with The Open.
It was played as a match play event until as recently as 1957 and was dominated until then by US players, with Australia’s Jim Ferrier the only non-US player to win the US PGA (if Scots-Americans are discounted) after Barnes’ early successes. The match play format meant the Championship was sometimes contested over seven days, with golfers playing more than 200 holes in that time. Because of these demands, but more down to television requests to create a more popular format that allowed several top players to remain in contention, the stroke play system was introduced in 1958.
The change to a standard stroke play event with 72 holes over four days did nothing to stem the US dominance. Between 1958 and 1991 only Gary Player’s two wins and success for Australia’s David Graham (1979) and Wayne Grady (1990) stopped total US supremacy. As with the US Open, this has changed somewhat in recent times, with Fiji’s Vijay Singh, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, Yang Yong-eun of South Korea, Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (twice) all winning between 2004 and 2014.
The US PGA Championship is almost always played in the eastern United States, only going to the west half of the country 10 times. The 2020 Championship is scheduled for San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park but in general the event is played at courses in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Illinois or Michigan.
Another key characteristic of the US PGA is the distance of the courses used (some of the longest on the US Tour roster), whilst the tough rough is not dissimilar to the US Open, although scoring is significantly better at the fourth Major of the year, with Rory McIlroy winning in 2014 with a score of -16, the fourth double-digit sub-par score in five years, Tiger Woods shooting -18 in 2000 and 2006 and the last over par winner way back in 1976 (Dave Stockton).
Whatever the various merits of the US PGA Championship, and few would doubt its position as the least valued of the four Majors, the prize money on offer and the class of the field that always assembles, shows just how significant the tournament is. One thing is for sure, betting on the US PGA Championship is great fun, with the best golf bookies responding to the brilliant field with lots of equally brilliant free bets and promotions.
US PGA Trivia
- Biggest Win – In the match play format that was used between 1916 and 1957 the biggest win was Sam Snead’s 8 & 7 loss to Paul Runyan in 1938.
- Biggest Win Part 2 – In stroke play the biggest win as of 2014 was McIlroy’s eight shot stroll in 2012 at Kiawah Island.
- What Were The Odds On That?! – In 1991 John Daly took the golf world by storm, shooting -12 to win by three strokes at Crooked Stick. Not bad when you consider Daly was the ninth alternate and not even in the original field. He was priced at MASSIVE odds of 500/1 – we hope you had a few quid on that one!
- Close! – Play-offs and close finishes have been a common feature at the US PGA Championship, especially in the last 30 years or so. There were three play-offs in a row from 1977 and further deciders in 1987, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2011. There were a further seven single shot wins in that period.
- Oldest and Youngest – The oldest and youngest winners in the history of the US PGA Championship are Julius Boros, who was 48 in 1968 and Gene Sarazen who was just 20 when he won back in 1922.
- New Courses – The roster is being expanded a great deal, with new host venues pencilled in for the US PGA in 2017 (Quail Hollow), 2019 (Bethpage), 2020 (TPC Harding Park) and 2022 (Trump National).
- Jack v Tiger – Jack Nicklaus has an impressive five US PGAs to his name whilst Tiger has won four, most recently in 2007.
- Tiger is Human – When Yang Yong-eun won this event in 2009 it was the first time ever that Woods had failed to close out after leading going into the final round of a major.
- Glory’s Last Shot – The US PGA Championship has been referred to as “Glory’s Last Chance”, the tag coined in the 1990s to try and add prestige to the event, the final major of the year. The slogan has proved divisive, with many finding it cheesy and in recent times the authorities have tried to distance themselves from the tagline to avoid affecting the stature of the FedEx Cup.
- This Is Major – The new tagline, is, many feel, even worse, with “This Is Major” replacing “Glory’s Last Shot” as of 2014. Does a major really need a tagline and should it need to remind golf fans that the event is, indeed, a major?!