2013 PGA Championship golf betting tips



Woods claimed victory by seven strokes in Ohio to win the tournament for the eighth time and will now focus his efforts on winning a major event for the first time since 2008 when he won the US Open.

The 37-year-old has won the PGA on four different occasions and Sky Bet go 4/1 about the American wins back-to-back events, with Woods just three PGA Tour wins behind Sam Snead after his latest victory.

It’s the shortest odds about Woods winning a major for a while, although some will point to the fact that he has a tremendous record in the Bridgestone and that other players represent better value to win in New York this week.

Keegan Bradley played himself back into form last week to finish tied second behind Woods and the young American won this tournament two years ago to announce himself on the golfing world stage, with odds of 35/1 available about the 27-year-old.

Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson also played some excellent golf at the Firestone Country Club and the Swede is among the favourites to claim his first major, with bet365 offering odds of 30/1 about the big-hitting player finally fulfilling his potential.

Rory McIlroy is the returning champion after a remarkable eight stroke victory at Kiawah Island twelve months ago and the Northern Irishman would love to silence his many critics this year who have attributed his change of clubs and personal life as reasons behind a loss of form, with Rory available to back at odds of 30/1 with Paddy Power.

Interestingly, there has only been one American winner of this event in the past five years, with Martin Kaymer and Yang Yong-eun among the surprise recent victors, with many punters likely to look outside the obvious picks when it comes to finding a winner of this particular tournament.

Zach Johnson played well to finish high on the leaderboard in the Bridgestone Invitational and looks too big at odds of 66/1 (William Hill), while Miguel Angel Jimenez is also enjoying some good form at the moment and odds of 150/1 are simply too big about a player that tied fourth in Ohio on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose all have 2013 major titles under their belt and feature behind Woods in the outright betting, with Brandt Snedeker on offer at 30/1 and surely the American will win a Grand Slam event before too long.

Lee Westwood is a 33/1 chance although some betting customers will have lost faith in backing a player who is the perennial bridesmaid in these events and the same applies to Luke Donald who is a 40/1 poke.