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The USPGA Championship 2014

Valhalla GC, Luoisville, Kentucky, Aug 7th-10th

Time for the final major of the golfing year and it’s off to Louisville, Kentucky and the course at Valhalla, a par 71 course over 7,452 yards

For this preview, we will again use the official site for all the main detail about the USPGA week whether it be the course details, records, history, whatever.. the official site is comprehensive and can be found here

THE USPGA Championship Official Site

After tipping Kaymer to win the US Open and tipping Fowler (2nd) in The Open, let’s hope to finish off with another successful major selection – this event sees McIlroy going for his 3rd win on the spin, a remarkable achievement if he succeeds as it will include 2 majors! he is clearly at the top of his game and when it all comes together as it has recently, then there is a good argument for backing him this week despite the rarity of 3 consecutive wins

Garcia has been 2nd to him in these last 2 events so is clearly in form but not a player I ever back due to his lack of mental strength when it comes to the crunch. Garcia has been 2nd in 3 of his last 4 events. Rose has won twice (and been 4th) in his last 4 events which is more superb form and he is a solid shout this week on a course that should suit. Furyk and Fowler are others you could add to the list of in-form golfers

Leishman and Moore are other players riding the crest of their good form waves too and are often under-rated (and over-priced) although we are talking about winning and this is a big step compared to making the frame in a major. We clearly have a handful of players who will be popular picks this week but it’s never that simple as we know – this event is also known for thrusting unlikely winners into the record books (Andy Bean anyone?!)


The weather is supposed to be hot and humid daily, with a good chance of storms too.. so there are a few players who won’t appreciate this but most should be ok – more a case of who gets the breaks with the breaks! This is a tough course (as it should be) and we have the top 100 in the world here bar a few major injury-hit (or otherwise) absentees

Selections >

Graeme MCDOWELL > a Win and 4 top Tens in his last 5 events, a great record in this event, picks and chooses his events and so long as his impending fatherhood doesn’t affect his concentration then he is worth a dabble at 46 on BF

Robert KARLSSON > backed him for the Open and was pleased with his efforts, could be coming into this as a dark horse and that’s good for the price – class golfer who when on form can win a major for sure, 140 on BF is a lovely price for the tall Swede as he could shoot a 66 and get right in the mix early on and that price will tumble

Adam SCOTT > if Rory doesn’t blow them away, then Rose/Scott are my picks from the shorter priced players; Scotty gets the nod for me as he has played great this year without the rewards, 13 on BF is just about acceptable

Ryan MOORE> under-rated and always under the radar, Moore has been in solid good consistent form and can get streaky so could shoot a corker and get himself right up there – wouldn’t surprise me at all if his time was now, standout price is 80/1 (luxbet) but 66 BF is enough for me

Jonas BLIXT 410 BF / Hideki MATSUYAMA 50 BF > yes, I’ve picked them regularly all year but they are great players and they can go on to bigger and better things in their careers (already tour winners), add in Marc LEISHMAN  55 BF who is in great form and plays tough tracks well and has been appearing on major leaderboards recently

Will just go with these for now as there are so many decent golfers at big prices this week – and when you look at previous results in this event, you see a lot of lesser known players featuring (Franklin Langham 7th last time it was here in 2000!)

Trading > could be worth looking at First Round Leader too with some of these, OGILVY at 200 (a winner last week), CASEY at 170 (great tee to green), STALLINGS at 490, FISHER at 900 (crazy price relative to his ability), STROUD at 800, STREELMAN at 800 all appear attractive as they could start well and prove profitable trades – FRL is a tricky call as always but I would advise any of these on the basis that a ten-bagger will cover the others and more (ideally, I will green up and leave some running)

So plenty of my usual picks and a lot of traders too- should be interesting unless wee Rory decides to shoot 10 strokes lower than anyone else!

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* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time

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