This post is somewhat bitter sweet, I enjoy writing anything related to golf…however this post means that the golfing season is coming to an end. This week, we arrive at the PGA Championship which is the final major of the year…..in other words the least “prestigious” one. However, it’s still a major and for that reason I have decided to share my picks for this weeks PGA Championship in hopes one of them hoists the Wanamaker Trophy this Sunday.
As mentioned above, it’s no surprise to myself and the golfing world that the last major is indeed the least prestigious, however from time to time we do get a guy outside the top 100 who pulls it off (think Keegan Bradley, and Y.E. Yang) which is always nice to see. That’s the one good thing about this major, anyone is capable of winning unlike other majors where we tend to only see top ranked golfers win. As always, I will not talk about the favourites this week, I will instead focus on finding golfers who offer value. Anyways, here are my picks for the final major of the year!
Tony Finau – 40/1
I mentioned Finau last week in my WGC Bridgestone Invitational picks, and he delivered with a T10. I don’t want to sound like a broken record but to summarize from last week, Finau has finished inside the top 10 in all three majors this year, I expect him to make it four after this week. Another thing I would like to mention, he will be playing with Jim Furyk who is the US Ryder Cup captain, Finau could possibly be one of his captain picks for later this year so I am hoping he uses this opportunity to put on a good showing for Furyk.
Bubba Watson – 50/1
Bubba has found the winners circle three times this year, it certainly has been nice to see him play well again, and a win this week would make things so much better. The past few years at this major, Bubba hasn’t done anything spectacular, this is more of a gut feeling pick. Besides the Masters, this is the next best major for Bubba to win at because of his style of play.
Bryson DeChambeau – 80/1
Bryson is in a similar situation as Finau this week as he is also sitting outside the top 8 rankings for this years US Ryder Cup team and needs a strong finish to get inside them. DeChambeau was able to win at the Memorial earlier this year which shows he can win in strong fields. A win this week would put him on the map in the golfing world, as well as put the poor sportsmanship he shown a few weeks back behind him.
Keegan Bradley – 100/1
The last person outside the top 100 to win the PGA Championship? That’s right, Keegan Bradley. I guess you can say it has been a bounce back year for Bradley, although he has yet to win he has had some great showings with the most recent one being a 4th place finish at the Canadian Open. Like a lot of people, it still amazes me that Bradley was able to win a major considering how poorly he has played since winning it, with that being said I wouldn’t be surprised this time around to see him in contention on the weekend.
Kevin Kisner – 100/1
Kisner is another golfer who is fighting for that last Ryder Cup spot. I like his chances this week, has finished T7, T18 the past two years at this major and was also T2 at this years British Open. Kisner has shown that he can contend at majors, it’s just finishing strong on Sunday is what is holding him back from capturing his first. At 100/1, I will take that all day for a guy who can contend.
That will do it for my picks for this year’s majors, I plan on continuing with this series up until the FedEx Cup winner is crowned. I hope everyone enjoys the final major of the year, and I also hope you enjoy the rest of the golfing season.
As always, if none of my picks are in contention, I will be rooting for the man in red come Sunday!
Who is your pick to win this year’s PGA Championship? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!
*Odds are provided by Bodog as of August 7th, 2018*