2011 US PGA Golf Betting Odds, Scores and Tips

Is Westwood's Major time nearing?

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The 2011 US PGA is the one Major in which you really expect the cream of the crop to rise to the top. It has been dominated for most of its history by American winners and that will be the first place to look for your 2011 US PGA Championship Golf Betting. So who are the leaders among the American challengers? The last US winner was Tiger Woods back in 2007. We have seen 76 US wins at the Major with the next strongest nation with the best record being Australia with just four wins. So there is a lot of sense in picking an American, and for once, ignoring the power house threat of the Europeans. So let us expand a little more on the American threat. Naturally you will think of Tiger Woods, but he is looking too unprboyledictable at the moment, especially just coming back from injury and he doesn’t look primed to win his fifth US PGA. Phil Mickelson however, a previous winner should be well in contention, and should lead the home grown charge. Other Americans you will probably want to keep an eye on, would be Steve Stricker, who is the hot form man of the PGA at the moment, Dustin Johnson who has great momentum and is knocking on the door of something very big, and Nick Watney. You can also dig a little deeper to the likes of Bubba Watson, who lost in a play off to Martin Kaymer at Whistling Straits in last year’s event, and the steady hands of Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. Youngster Rickie Fowler may also be a contender, and had a fine The US has not had a Major winner since Mickelson lifted the 2010 Masters, so they surely are overdue another winner, and that is why we think there is great value in backing home grown talent.

As for the Europeans, well there will naturally be a strong challenge coming. Europe has had two winners out of the previous three runnings of the event, with Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington being successful. Kaymer is the defending champion after beating Bubba Watson in a play off at last year’s event, propelling him up to world number one status. Kaymer is back to defend his title and could be a threat, while the other top players in the world, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will be leading the English challenge. You cannot ignore the strong Majors play of Rory McIlroy either, and after winning the US Open in incredible style, many are expecting him to make a strong challenge. There is always something just hovering in potential over Graeme McDowell as well, although he simply has not been anywhere near his best. Out of the Europeans, Luke Donald, although he has not been the most confident player of late, really bounced back into top form at the Bridgestone International at Firestone. The current world number one should be a big enough threat to keep the title away from the Americans again. Until these past few years, Europeans have struggled to make an impact in the fourth Major, and so that may breed a little hesitation in your 2011 US PGA Championship Golf Betting. If you want to look outside of the bigger names from Europe, take a look at Scotland’s Martin Laird, who has turned out some immense performances this year.

But of course there are plenty of extremely good 2011 US PGA Championship Golf Betting options in looking for players from outside of the US and Europe. Australia have done ok at the US PGA, with four title wins (the second best record of all competing nations). Now Australia have two extremely good players who can challenge. We have seen the best of Adam Scott who was blitzing his way around Firestone in the Bridgestone Invitational, and we also have Jason Day, who is perhaps an even bigger threat. The Aussie landed second places finishes at the Masters and the US Open and along with the likes of McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, really represents the best of the young players in the PGA. Has carried superb form over the year, went on a run of three consecutive top ten finishes in the Majors until he hit the British Open when finished with a T30. Still, huge potential in Day to do a McIlroy. Will also want to consider a punt on Charl Schwartzel, the Masters winner this year. While picking up a second Major in a season seems like a tough challenge, you have to admire Schwartzel’s approach to the game. Like everything about him from his swing to his close iron work, and he should be able to compete in Atlanta without overstretching himself.

Here we present our 2011 US PGA Championship Golf Betting guide, with the latest leader board betting updates and tips. The Atlanta Athletic Club will demand length, but it is perhaps those with the most control in their iron work who will prevail. Putting is going to very tough on fast surfaces as well, so the players are in for a very tough challenge.

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Lee Westwood: 9/1 at Bet365
71-68
-1 Under
Well, could this be the one. Westwood has looked steady and will be happy with is second round. It keeps him in contention, and you can eye up some the very low scoring rounds that have been fired here, and if he pulls one out in the third round, then that first Major could be within touching distance.

Adam Scott: 9/1 at Stan James
69-69
-2 Under
Incredible form at the moment and just worth backing because of that. Has the ability to stick around and will expect a big move from him in the fourth round. If he stays in touch here, the Aussie should well be in the running with the confidence he is carrying.

Steve Stricker: 9/1 at SkyBet
63-74
-3 Under
How much will that second round four over par have hurt him? He fully lived up to his billing as the top man in form on the PGA in the first round. That 63 was incredible, but could not even consolidate that. Still in a solid position though, a two more solid rounds will keep him near the top most likely. Has shown what he can do. Will he bounce back, or try to hard in the third round?

Jim Furyk 11/1 at Victor Chandler
71-65
-4 Under
A couple of players shot up the leader board with such strong second rounds and Jim Furyk was one of them. A beautiful five under par for the second round puts him up there. Not sure about staying the distance though against some of the younger hands here.

Keegan Bradley: 14/1 at SkyBet

71-64
-5 Under
Has again shown what has made of. Won his first PGA title this year and now making a run at a Major with this second round 64. Enjoy his game and would not count him out at this point. Joint leader at the end of the second round. Game on. Would definitely have a punt on him.

John Senden: 18/1 at Boylesports
68-68
-4 Under
Not really a name you expected to see near the top. But two solid rounds of 68. Potential, but don’t see a strong finish. Ticking along at this pace will do him well, but needs one round of a few shots lower.

DA Points 25/1 at Stan James
69-67
-4 Under
Two sub par rounds and Points is going well. Actually expect him to deliver more of a threat than Senden and Dufner. Very handsomely priced and if you can predict a sub 65 round then can see it coming from Points in the third.

Jason Dufner: 20/1 at Boylesports
70-65
-5 Under
Joint leader with Bradley. You would expect Bradley to show Dufner a clean pair of heels at some point. While his second round of 65 was very nice indeed, see bigger threats in the top pack.

 


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