PGA Championship – Can Rory McIlroy claim back-to-back majors?
Rory McIlroy went wire to wire at the British Open last month, winning his third major by a margin of two strokes. This week attention turns to Valhalla, where the Northern Irishman is one of 14 former champions expected in the field as the PGA Championship gets underway.
Rory McIlroy +450
Adam Scott +1100
Sergio Garcia +1600
(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change).
Can McIlroy go back-to-back?
In addition to being one of the greatest talents on the circuit, McIlroy seems to enjoy himself in this particular major. He was just 23 when he won the tournament for the first time in 2012, and followed that up with a top 10 finish last year.
Following this year’s victory at Royal Liverpool, he headed out to Akron, Ohio where he won the WGC-Bridgestone invitational. The man from Holywood is in top form and if he gets off to a fast start it is tough to see past him.
Betting Instinct tip – Rory McIlroy to lead after the first round is +650 with AllYouBet.ag
Will Furyk go one better?
In a career full of titles, it is somewhat surprising that Jim Furyk only has one major to his name, the US Open all the way back in 2003. He almost doubled that total last year at last year’s PGA Championship, but ended two shots adrift of champion Jason Dufner despite leading after 54 holes.
The 44-year-old might not have won a title in four years, but he is looking to make a seventh straight cut at these championships, where he has made the top 25 some nine times and the top 10 on five occasions.
Betting Instinct tip – Jim Furyk to make the top 10 is +275 with Intertops.eu
Can US players reassert their dominance?
In the first 30 years of the PGA Championship, only two non-Americans (Gary Player and David Graham) won the trophy, however only half of the last 10 champions have been from the United States with victors emerging from Fiji, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland and South Korea.
This year we could well be on course for another foreign winner, if the form guide is to be believed. The last seven PGA Tour events have seen only one American winner, Brian Harman, who will be making his PGA Championship debut at Valhalla.
Betting Instinct tip – A European to win at Valhalla is 11/8 with Coral.co.uk
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