This week, the 104th USPGA Championship will take place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the top professional players in the world will almost all be in attendance to try and lift the second Major Championship of the year.
Back in April, it was current World Number 1, Scottie Scheffler, that landed the first with a stirring victory at The Masters to land his first ever Major title, earning the coveted Green Jacket and increasing his stranglehold at the top of the World Rankings following a sensational six months of form.
Just over a month later, now it is the USPGA Championship next on the hit list for the world’s finest players and this tournament has already provided us with plenty of talking points before the first shot has even been played.
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Mickelson Won’t Defend His Title
What a strange 12-months it has been for Phil Mickelson.
This time last year, he was set to become the oldest Major winner in history when winning this event in some style, seemingly setting further gloss on what was an incredible and successful PGA Tour career.
Yet 12 months later, due to the comments he made about the Saudi Arabian Government and the LIV Golf Tour, Mickelson has not featured in a tournament since the end of January and the date of his return to tournament play is still not yet known.
Indeed, it is not even known whether Mickelson will play on the PGA Tour again, with him applying to play in the first LIV Golf Invitational even in London in June.
It is a real shame that the 51-year-old won’t get a chance to defend his title as he continues his self-imposed exile from the sport.
Tiger Woods And Bryson DeChambeau Fitness Tests Seem Positive
Two of the most famous and biggest hitters in golf, Tiger Woods and Bryson
DeChambeau were both rated as being doubtful to play in this event as they both continued their recovery from injuries and operations.
However, both have been practicing at Southern Hills over Monday and Tuesday this week and it is believed that both may well at least start the tournament and see how their injuries stand up to top level professional golf once again.
DeChambeau has been out for a while after having wrist surgery, while Woods last played at The Masters, his first tournament since injuring his leg in a horrific car accident back in February 2021.
Expect to hear sometime today (Tuesday) whether each player will participate but the omens look good and that will certainly enhance the interest in the tournament given the popularity of both players.
Betting Market Moves?
There’s also been some interesting movers in the betting markets as we head up towards the start of the tournament on Thursday.
I’m going to leave it to my esteemed colleague Collin Hulbert to give you the benefit of his wisdom for who to back from the tournament, but in the run up to the event, we have seen some interesting moves in the betting markets.
Depending on who you bet with it is likely to be either Jon Rahm or Scottie Scheffler who are the favorite to win the event. Well, at FanDuel Sportsbook, both golfers are +1200 to win the Championship outright.
Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are also joint second-favorites, both at +1600.
There has been a bit of money for the out of sorts Dustin Johnson, with the former World Number 1 now in as short as +2100 with FanDuel. In contrast, Collin Morikawa’s odds have drifted slightly with FanDuel offering +1900 on the star winning his third Major title.
One longer odds option to keep your eye on here is Shane Lowry. The Irishman, a former British Open winner back in 2019, is in good form and has the perfect game for Southern Hills and at +3100 with FanDuel, I think that price may well only get shorter as we head towards the start of the tournament on Thursday morning.
Remember to check back for Collin’s preview and best betting tips for the USPGA Championship later this week!