USPGA Championship – 2020 Preview.

USPGA Championship – 2020 Preview.

The world of Golf can finally look forward to its first Major since Shane Lowry won the Open Championship at Portrush, back in July 2019. The USPGA Championship is taking place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, and although there will be no fans in attendance, millions will be tuning in around the globe to watch the action across the four days of the tournament & we for one are buzzing for it.

There have been a few competitions since Golf was allowed to return following the general lockdown of sports, but nothing quite beats the buzz that surrounds a Major. (Love a Buzz)

At the head of the betting market to win in California is Brooks Koepka and current World Number 1, Justin Thomas. 

Koepka, the current World Number 6, will be attempting to win a third successive USPGA Championship having won at Bellerive Country Club in 2018, and Bethpage Black Course in 2019. He looked set to win the recent St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, but was chased down by Thomas, who once again showed he knows how to win better than anyone at the moment, leaving Koepka having to settle for a tie for second with Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis. 

Justin Thomas, whose win in Memphis saw him become World Number 1, goes for a second USPGA crown, having landed the title in 2017 at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. That means these two excellent players have shared the last three wins of the tournament, so it should be little surprise they head the betting market. Could this be the final pairing come Sunday? It certainly has us throttling at the mouth thinking about it. Bit weird?

The USPGA Championship is often viewed as one that can see a new Major winner emerge, and Jon Rahm will hope it is him who can tick that box. The Spaniard, who has recently dropped to World Number 2, won the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in July, but was down the field in Memphis when last seen. Maybe the pressure of being World Number 1 at the time affected him and without that pressure, he can go well.

Also towards the head of the market is Rory McIlroy, but he has now gone six years without a Major win and is sure to be feeling the pressure once more. Is he really looking like the golfer post lockdown? I fear lack of fans means lack of motivation for Rory.

Tiger, who has made a winning return to Golf, looks to be a very generous price of 35/1. He goes for an incredible 16th Major and has form at Harding Park. He won at the venue in 2005 and used to play the course as a child. He is one player who can never be written off. 

Another contender who looks interesting at a big price is World Number 17, Tony Finau. The American recently parted with regular caddie, Greg Bodine, who he had partnered with dating back to 2014. His long-term friend and teacher, Boyd Summerhays stepped in for the recent 3M Open, which saw Finau finish just two shots off the lead for a tie in third. We for one LOVE FINAU and his mega 206mph ball speeds.

It is sure to be another fascinating and exhilarating four days of high-quality Golf, so strap in and enjoy the ride. 


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