IT looks like there will be a thrilling finish to the USPGA Championship tonight with Jordan Spieth stepping up his bid to win his third Major of the season.
Ace Venturer and myself both tipped Jason Day antepost and the Aussie nearly man leads Spieth by two after an amazing finale last night.
Spieth looked out of it but birdied the three closing holes in tremendous style while Day double bogeyed the 15th,failed to birdie the par-five 16th but then birdies 17 to get back on track.
I backed Spieth at 9-2 before his birdie blitz as what could be cover but you can’t rule out the next three players. Justin Rose and Branden Grace are one behind Spieth with Martin Kaymer, winner of the USPGA when it was last played at Whistling Straits in 2010, one further back.
Day is 6-4 favourite at bet365 with Spieth 15-8. I’d love to see Day finally bag a Major but the fact he goes out with Spieth is worrying as the young American knows how to get the job done and if his putter is hot he’ll be tough to beat.
Ace and myself also tipped Rose each way and in fact all six of his picks made the cut although the only other one with a chance to win is Dustin Johnson.
I’ll earn a return if Day, Rose or Spieth win so I’m backing Grace each way at 11-1 with BetVictor and Paddy Power. The South African is a brilliant wind player and with the weather expected to deteriorate he could earn the top-three finish needed.
I’ve been looking at the twoball betting and will take a chance on Johnson to beat Aussie Matt Jones. Jones was leading yesterday before a poor finish and if you haven’t seen his shot from inside a hospitality tent after a wild drive then google it – it’s unbelievable. He’s got no Majors record and is likely to fall further back today.
JB Holmes played some unbelievable stuff last night and is the underdog to get the better of Billy Horschel. Holmes has had a decent season and can outscore his American rival.
Finally I’m on Rory McIlroy to beat Charl Schwartzel. I don’t think anyone fancied the Irishman to compete on his comeback but he’s looked close to his brilliant best at times.
His long game’s there and the short game needs sharpened up. But he’s played better each day and will be hoping to match or beat Saturday’s 68.
Grace 1pt ew (ew WIN)
(11-1, BetVictor, Paddy Power)
1pt Twoball Treble
Holmes to bt Horschel (7pm)
Johnson to bt Jones (7.18pm)
McIlroy to beat Schwartzel (6.15pm)
(8-1, boylesports) WIN
Ace’s Antepost tips
Dustin Johnson 2pts ew (16-1, Ladbrokes, William Hill) ew WIN
Jason Day 2pts ew (14-1, bet365, Ladbrokes) WIN
Brooks Koepka 1pt ew (45-1, bet365, Paddy Power) ew WIN
Henrik Stenson 1pt ew (28-1, Coral, Paddy Power) LOSE
Justin Rose 1pt ew (20-1, Paddy Power) ew WIN
Robert Streb 0.5pt ew (90-1, Coral) LOSE
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