I DIDN’T think Shane Lowry would win the WGC last weekend but I should have with the way he has been playing over the last few weeks.
His second shot at the final hole, a 143-yard sand wedge over the trees, landed 11ft from the pin and up set up a superb birdie.
I can’t complain about my selections as four were in the top 12 with three of them top 10 and hopefully we can improve this week for the final Major of the season.
Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits is the venue for the USPGA and it’s going to be really hard to pick a winner. It doesn’t take a mastermind to guess who my main man is.
Dustin Johnson will be really up for this after his blunder in 2010, the last time the USPGA was held here. He was denied a place in the play-off after grounding his club in a “bunker” on the 72nd hole and was penalised with a two-stroke penalty. I still think he has a Major in him and hopefully Whistling Straits will suit him.
Last week I tipped Jason Day but he managed to land in the water TWICE at the 15th in the third round and recorded a eight which virtually killed his chances. I thought after The Open where he took so much out of himself both mentally and physically he would need time to recover.
But he won the Canadian Open the following week and was T12 at Firestone. My only concern is the par-five fifth hole – The Snake – which is surrounded by water so I hope Jason doesn’t get the shakes! The Aussie is hard to ignore in any Major and I’m sure he’ll be up there after 72 holes.
With six top-20 finishes from his last seven starts Brooks Koepka is looking good. He is in the top 10 in driving distance, strokes gained:putting and all-round ranking with 19th (69.76%) in GIR he has all the attributes to win here. His all-round game is strong at the moment and well worth a small each-way wager at the prices offered.
My third choice is also one I selected last week. Henrik Stenson didn’t do much wrong at the Bridgestone International although his driving accuracy was only 48%. The Tour average was 44% so quite a few struggled off the tee.
Stenson has finished third in the last two PGAs and in the last five has had a further three top sixes. He is first on Tour in total driving and GIRs and I expect great things from him here.
Justin Rose has done quite well in the Majors this year with a T2 at the Masters, T27 at the US Open and T6 at The Open and I expect another high finish this week.
With a T6, T4 and T3 in his last three tournaments he seems to be building up nicely to another big win. He hits the ball long, has a 64% driving accuracy, is 13th in GIR (70%) and is 5th (63.75%) in sand saves, which with the amount of sand on this course could come in quite handy.
In his last 16 rounds Robert Streb has been over par once and over 70 twice. I have noticed him over the last four tournaments and he has been up there a lot. He also hits a long ball and driving accuracy is over the 60% and his GIR is near the 70%. So another who ticks all the boxes and is worth a small wager.
Most firms are going six places but some including McBookie, Skybet and Stan James are offering seven.
Dustin Johnson 2pts ew (16-1, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
Jason Day 2pts ew (14-1, bet365, Ladbrokes)
Brooks Koepka 1pt ew (45-1, bet365, Paddy Power)
Henrik Stenson 1pt ew (28-1, Coral, Paddy Power)
Justin Rose 1pt ew (20-1, Paddy Power)
Robert Streb 0.5pt ew (90-1, Coral)