ON current form there is only one winner of the USPGA this week – Rory McIlroy. He was one of my antepost tips to win the Bridgestone Invitational last week and Mr Fixit tipped him before the final round when he trailed Sergio Garcia by three.
The Irishman has finished outside the top 25 once and that was in the Irish Open where he missed the cut. In fact in 11 tournaments he has finished in the top q0 six times, winning three. In his last two tournaments, The Open and the Bridgestone Invitational, he is 32 under par.
He looks the complete golfer at the moment and every time he tees off you get the feeling he knows the tournament is his for the taking. His GIR stats at Bridgestone were nearly 80 per cent with his average on the Tour at 68 and strokes gained in putting was over 1.3 compared to 0.319. That’s some improvement.
McIlroy targets the Majors an while winning three tournaments in a row is a tough ask he looks the one to beat.
Rickie Fowler has been targeting the Majors this year and he’s been close, with two T2nd and a T5th. Since the end of May when he missed the cut twice in a row he has finished T13, T2, T2 and T8.
His driving accuracy last week seemed to be off a little at 50 per cent but his GIR was nearly 68 per cent. There seems to be a different Fowler out there this year (apart from his hair). He seems to be more focused on the golf and a top six finish again looks likely.
Garcia must hate the sight of Rory having finished second to him in the last two tournaments. But take a look at Sergio’s record this season on the PGA Tour – of 12 starts he’s finished in the top three FIVE times with eight top-10 finishes.
He’s fourth in GIR, 15th in strokes gained on putting. He’s No.1 in scoring average (actual) before the cut and second in final-round scoring average. The man is in the form of his life and I looks hungry for a Major – if it's not Rory it could be Sergio.
Since missing the cut in the US Open Charl Schwartzel has played three tournaments with two top-10 finishes, including a T7 in The Open.
He has had five top-10 finishes, with three of them in his last five outings. He missed the cut in both the Masters and the US Open but has returned to some kind of form and finished T7 in The Open. Another one who knows his way to a Major so I wont be surprised if he’s up there at the end.
Justin Rose can follow up on his US Open win last year. He’s been going along quite steadily recently and has finished in the top 10 five times from his last eight starts. He might not have the flair of Rory but knows how to win a Major so he is well worth an eachway bet.
Feel free to put your own golf and any other sports tips. It's been kinda quiet on the sports front since the Commonwealth Games finished but let's get it going again.
20pt staking plan
Fowler 2pts ew (25-1, Stan James)
Schwartzel 1pt ew (35-1, Paddy Power)
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