US PGA Championship: DJ can call tune at brutal Bethpage
US PGA Championship betting tips
Bethpage Black hosts the 101st US PGA Championship this week having moved from its traditional August slot to May and all the signs point towards the second major of the year being a bomber's paradise.
The Long Island course in New York state measures a hefty 7,400 yards and when it hosted The Barclays in 2012 and 2016 the leaderboard was packed with players capable of smashing the ball a country mile.
Add a wet spring and shortish rough into the mix and the big hitters should be licking their lips at the prospect of challenging for the title on Sunday.
Dustin Johnson is the 9/1 favourite to win a second major closely followed by defending champion Brooks Koepka at 10/1 ahead of US Masters winner Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at 11/1.
BetStars are also offering eight each-way places on the US PGA Championship and plenty of other markets such as first-round leader, 3 balls and top countrymen.
Welcome to the "People's Country Club"! pic.twitter.com/6Vud2kwJA3-- PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 14, 2019
When is the US PGA? Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19
What time does the US PGA Championship start? 11.45am BST
Where is it being played? Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York
Which channel is the US PGA on? Sky Sports
Here are our US PGA Championship betting tips:
- Dustin Johnson to win 9/1
- Bubba Watson to win 50/1
- Rickie Fowler to win 18/1
- Louis Oosthuizen to win 66/1
- Paul Casey to win 50/1
The excitement is building for the US PGA Championship in its new place on the calendar but one potential winner will be absent this year.
Justin Thomas, the 2017 champion, pulled out with a wrist injury on Monday, an absence which has certainly improved the chances of those at the top end of the market.
And the player who could benefit most of all is Dustin Johnson, the first of our golf betting tips at 9/1.
DJ was runner-up at this year's US Masters and has finished inside the top six in four of his last half a dozen tournaments, plus his record at Bethpage is notable for a third place in 2012 which he followed with a top 20 four years later.
The rain which fell on Sunday is set to persist this week and the damp, cool conditions mean that Bethpage could simply be out of reach for many of the players in the field, but not for Johnson who is a worthy favourite alongside Koepka, who we successfully tipped to win at Bellerive last year at 20/1.
One player who will have no fears over the length of the course, yet appears to be off the radar, is Bubba Watson who has had a fairly lean spell in majors in recent years, Augusta aside.
Watson was 13th at The Barclays in 2016 and 10th four years earlier, so this is clearly a course that suits his eye.
Fourth at the Phoenix Open and the Valspar Championship in the last few months, Watson closed with a 69 to finish 12th at the Masters, so with good form heading to Farmingdale, gobble up the 50/1 on Bubba landing a third major.
Rickie Fowler is persistently described as a bridesmaid but he is enjoying a great season on the PGA Tour and has to be one of our US PGA Championship tips with golf odds of 18/1.
Fowler won the Phoenix Open in February, has four top-five finishes this season, was ninth at the Masters and has a clear strategy about how to approach this difficult course.
The American said: "You can't push, you can't get ahead of yourself and you can't try and step on the gas at any time really. You have to hit fairways out here. You can't try and hit the ball harder than you should.
"You've just got to stick to the game plan. You've got to stick to hitting just quality golf shots and not try to get any extra out of anything. It is a long golf course and it kind of tempts you to try and push a little bit."
With eight top-10s in his last 21 majors and a US PGA Championship record reading 12-5-33-30-3 in the last five years, Fowler has to be viewed as a contender, even more so knowing he finished seventh at the 2016 Barclays.
Let's do this. pic.twitter.com/gFYnivcECf-- Rich Beem (@beemerpga) May 13, 2019
The next of our US PGA Championship betting tips is Louis Oosthuizen who was one of our picks for Bellerive last year but never actually got to the first tee because of a sore back.
The South African finished 18th and fifth at the 2016 and 2012 Barclays, but more recently was tied for the lead at the halfway stage of this year's Masters and was seventh heading into Sunday but a closing 76 scuppered his chances.
The 2010 Open champion tied for second behind Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship and was runner-up at the 2017 US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow where there is a correlation with players who perform well at Bethpage.
At golf odds of 66/1, Oosthuizen has to be considered as one of our tips for US PGA success.
The last of our golf betting tips at 50/1 is in-form English hope Paul Casey who won the Valspar Championship at Copperhead in March.
Casey played Bethpage at the 2016 Barclays where he finished a respectable 31st, but his form this season has been excellent: second at Pebble Beach; third at the WGC Mexico Championship and he tied for fourth with Fowler in his last outing at the Wells Fargo Championship, played at Quail Hollow.