Golf: PGA Championship
Venue: TPC Harding Park, California
Dates: Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August 2020
Following a tumultuous start to 2020 on the PGA Tour, the first major tournament of the year has finally arrived. The event was due to be held in May but fell foul to the COVID 19 pandemic and kicks off the Grand Slam golf calendar for the year. The $11 million purse is one of the biggest in the game and with so many great players judged by their major wins (or lack of them) it is a huge week on the PGA Tour calendar. All eyes will be on Brooks Koepka as he bids to win his 3rd consecutive PGA Championship title whilst former winners Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are sure to be also in the mix come Sunday afternoon.
All of the biggest names in world golf are in action here in California, which should set up an excellent week of golf:
Justin Thomas has been a in fine form since the season restart on the PGA Tour, with 2 wins to his name and his title triumph at the WGC St Jude last week could be an ominous sign for the field.
PGA Championship wins in 2018 and 2019 helped see Brooks Koepka to the top of the world rankings and whilst he has struggled slightly in 2020, he is still one to watch this week.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy hasn’t been in the best of form since the COVID 19 outbreak, but he has the ability to turn it on at any time – especially in the biggest events.
Current world number 1 Jon Rahm won the Memorial Tournament a fortnight ago and looks to be in the form of his life as he heads to California for this one.
Dustin Johnson only has one major title to his name, a crime for a man of his talents and he has looked a player reborn since the return to action since the COVID 19 outbreak.
1st Round Leader
This will be the event all of the players have been building up towards and getting off to a fast start could be hugely important here in California:
Daniel Berger has a win, a 2nd place, and a 3rd place finish from his 4 starts since the season recommencing and he will be very keen to stamp his authority from the off here in California.
With two top 10 finishes from his last 3 outings, Tony Finau looks in superb form and his fast starts have become commonplace on the PGA Tour of late.
American Patrick Cantlay hasn’t missed a cut since the restart, and he has a habit of getting off to a flyer in the big events.
Top 10 Finish
With so many good players assembled here in California, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:
American Bryson DeChambeau is still looking for his maiden major title, but he has bulked up during the enforced break and he looks ready to rock here in California.
Workday Open champion Collin Morikawa has been a revelation since bursting onto the PGA Tour last season and he will be in contention come Sunday provided he plays his best golf.
Fiery Englishman Tyrrell Hatton has been prolific of late on the PGA Tour and a top 10 at a major should really stamp his authority in the upper echelons of the world game.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Justin Thomas – 11.00
1st Round Leader: Tony Finau – 33.00
Top Ten Finish: Tyrrell Hatton – 8.00