BACK by popular demand for the earlier than usual second major of the season the Slices' absence, due to an infatuation with a girl called Jodie and a man who thinks its acceptable to wear dungarees now the suns out, I bring you my best 4 for the PGA at Bethpage Black.
Lots has been said about this being the toughest major venue outside Augusta for some time and the Par 70, 7,459-yard layout looks the real deal. Four par fours measuring over 500 yards pays homage to the perception, and length and accuracy off the tee must be the key attribute this week.
One thing to remember is, unlike in football, finishing 2nd through to 7th this week will be a good weeks work, given that, I imagine Jürgen klopp would be a mean golf bettor.
If we take the top 8 in the betting market nobody appeals more than JON RAHM. There is not much between the top 7/8 in the game and Rahm's price of 20/1 looks formidable. When he wins one of these majors those odds will soon become a thing of the past.
Rahm is ranked 2nd off strokes gained from the tee and has the 12th highest scoring average. These days he has also stopped chucking the toys out of the pram, yes he flag hunts and yes, this creates bogeys, but if he outweighs the bogeys with birdies the Atletico Bilbao superfan could go mighty close this week.
Sticking with the Spanish theme, not many people can boast better course form than Sergio Garcia. Garcia has had finishes of 3rd, 10th and 4th around Bethpage and the bunker basher is firmly on the shortlist this week.
Third up is MATT KUCHAR. Apart from Rickie Fowler surely Kuch is the best player out there not to win a major; top of the PGA money list, in the form of his life, putting like Arnold Palmer, driving like a machine Kuch is simply relentless this season and a big win is surely round the corner.
Last up is JASON KOKRAK, a man who’s name sounds like a shelving unit to rest your appendage. The cracker is having a whirlwind year, making cuts for fun and posted a nice finish last time at Bethpage. Enormous in stature and enormous off the tee, Kokrak is the final selection.
Due to the Spanish theme this week I will be sat at home listening to Madonna's La Isla Bonita, the memories of this song are somewhat muffled but I can remember the Elvis impersonator in Torremelinos when I was 9 chatting my mum up at the poolside whilst this was playing .
As always search for the best odds/prices. I've split the selections over William Hill and Betfred as this is where I found the most value. I'm sure everyone has there own opinion on this week , so good luck in whatever you choose .
Finally a shout out to TC and DG off the GCC , (that Line of Duty gets in your head).
Have a super week, 3 Slice X
- Jon Rahm 3pts e/w 20/1 (William Hill – 6 places)
- Matt Kuchar 2.5pts e/w 45/1(Betfred – 7 places)
- Sergio Garcia 2pts e/w 45/1 (Betfred – 7 places)
- Jason Kokrak 1.5pts e/w 150/1 (William Hill – 6 places)
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