PGA Championship betting tips & predictions – the PGA Championship is organised by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America and is the season’s final major. It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.
PGA Champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors for the next five years and are exempt from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life. They also receive membership on the PGA and European Tours for the following five seasons and invitations to The Players Championship for five years.
This year the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 99th PGA Championship. The course was originally designed by golf course architect George Cobb and opened for play in 1961. The course underwent a series of modifications of several holes by Arnold Palmer in 1986 and a redesign by Tom Fazio in 1997 and 2003.
Quail Hollow hosted the Kemper Open from 1969 through 1979, the PaineWebber Invitational from 1983 through 1989. It has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since it debuted in 2003. Notable winners of the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow include Rory McIlroy, JB Holmes, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, Sean O’Hair and Jim Furyk.
Fazio was retained to oversee the facelift and notable changes to the course include;
- Three new holes built (1st, 4th and 5th).
- Modifications made to 9th and 11th holes.
- All 18 greens resurfaced with Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda Grass.
- 54 acres of sod laid.
The end result is a Par 71 that can extend to 7,600 yards.
Jimmy Walker had this to say about the course;
“We’re used to playing it with rye grass everywhere. It has a potential (with Bermuda) to play really firm and really fast. That’s when golf gets really hard, when you start losing control of the golf ball”
Quail Hollow is a quality venue and a demanding test of golf. Even pre-facelift, it continually ranked as one of the most difficult courses on Tour. The layout has one of the toughest finishes with holes 16, 17, and 18 commonly known as the “Green Mile“. It is a Par 4-3-4 finish that annually ranks among the PGA Tour’s hardest holes.
History tells us that excellent Current Form is key this week. Quail Hollow requires excellent course management and like Firestone Country Club, it suits a player with superior ball-striking skills. Since 2006 the PGA winner has always played in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and has finished no worse than T22 for the tournament.
Last year, Jimmy Walker finished T16 at Firestone just a few weeks before his PGA victory at Baltusrol. In 2015, Jason Day finished T12 the week before his victory at Whistling Straits. In 2014 Rory McIlroy claimed the spoils in both the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship which was played at Valhalla GC that year.
All aspects of a player’s game will be tested around Quail Hollow and hitting the 6,500-square foot greens will be the easiest test on the course. The course ranks as one of the most difficult in Proximity to Hole and key stats will include Bogey Avoidance and Scrambling.
Like with all the Majors, it is worth holding back some wager money to have a bet in running after 36 or even 54 holes are completed.
Rory McIlroy 13/2, Jordan Spieth 9/1 and Dustin Johnson 12/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s PGA Championship