Last month’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake proved profitable for punters who followed news.bwin.com/en/’s advice and went mob-handed with in-form trio Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, as the former landed tasty 18/1 odds with some style (Click here).
It’s hard to look beyond the Northern Irishman in the last Major of the season, and McIlroy’s maintained excellence since sees him lead our three to follow at Valhalla’s 2014 US PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy @ 9/2 to win the 2014 US PGA Championship
The 25-year-old will be all the rage in Kentucky after lifting the Claret Jug for the first time.
McIlroy has an incredible record in the US PGA, having tied for third in his first and second attempts in 2009 and 2010, before sweeping the field aside by eight strokes at Kiawah Island two years ago.
His other two finishes in the event were tied for 64th, back in 2011, and a share of eighth 12 months ago, so this is clearly one of McIlroy’s seasonal highlights.
After taking the WGC-Bridgestone invitational by two strokes last time out, the County Down swinger couldn’t be a worthier favourite.
Sergio Garcia @ 14/1
This powerful Spaniard is fast becoming the new Colin Montgomery, having yet failed to land one of golf’s four main events despite finishing tied for fifth or better no fewer than ten times since bursting onto the scene with an Irish Open win in 1999.
Garcia has finished second twice and third once in the US PGA, chased home McIlroy at Hoylake last month and came closest to toppling the on-fire world number one at Firestone over the weekend, posting a 72-hole score of -13 to the winner’s -15.
The 34-year-old certainly has the game to take this, so 14/1 about in-form Garcia finally breaking his Major duck rates a fine bet.
Rickie Fowler @ 22/1
Only 20/1 Tiger Woods is a shorter price than Fowler of the home challengers at Valhalla, and the 14-time Major winner may not even play after quitting the WGC event mid-play over the weekend, ostensibly due to his bad back flaring up.
At a couple of points more, the Oklahoma State University alumnus rates a far, far better option than Woods to take this.
Fowler has been the most consistent Major performer in the world this year, coming in tied for second at the US and British Opens and grabbing a share of fifth at the Masters in April.
The 25-year-old banked a top-ten finish on -7 at the WGC in his only start since, and it’s surely only a matter of time before he takes one of the top prizes, so don’t miss out.