Golf Tips: Our best bets for the US PGA Championship that tees of on Thursday

The guys have outright and each-way picks for the second Major of the season and Paddy's paying to 10 places each-way before tee off.

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Sporting Life’s Ben Coley and Paddy Power Trader Iain Mclaughlin look ahead to the USPGA Championship this weekend in what’s the second major of the year.

2022 US PGA Championship
Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd May
TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf

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Winner outright:

Ben Coley:

Jordan Spieth has a huge chance to win this. He’s never arrived in such good form before. He won the Heritage after the Masters and he was second in the Byron Nelson last week but he’ll probably feel that he should have won. That could be a kick up the backside for him. The course will suit him and his approach play is up there with the best in the world. He’s also brilliant around the greens and chipping will be important this week.

Hideki Matsuyama also has a chance. He’s an Augusta champion and that’s a good indicator for this week. It’s easy to underestimate how good Matsuyama has been in majors. He’s not finished outside the top 35 since 2016, which is a phenomenal run. He’s well suited for difficult tests. The one question mark was his fitness but he’s answered that with a top five finish last week. He’s a class act and he’s a rock solid each-way play in a tournament where Paddy is paying to 10 paces before Thursday’s tee-off.

Iain Mclaughlin:

My first pick is Shane Lowry, who has been in great form over the last month. He finished third at the Masters and at the Heritage. He’s got a tidy short game which will be really handy around this course. The forecast wind will also suit him, he’s very comfortable in the wind.

Matthew Fitzpatrick was second at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month and he could go close. Those conditions will be similar to this week. Patience could be the key and Fitzpatrick is always calm and he can grind out good scores. He’s also added some length over the last 12 months and he won’t find this course daunting at all.

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Each-Way Picks: (10 places)

Ben Coley:

Tony Finau isn’t a massive price but he is compared to what he’s gone off at other majors. I’m keen to stick with him this year. He’s played his best golf since the Masters. He was the runner up to Jon Rahm in Mexico and he could have won that but he didn’t perform on the greens. He comes here having taken steps forward so he could go well.

Tommy Fleetwood has fallen off the radar slightly recently but his game is getting back to where it was. He drove the ball well in Texas last week but his chipping is underrated and his short game is solid. This is going to be a test of patience and Fleetwood has a level head.

Iain Mclaughlin:

Daniel Berger is my first outsider pick. He’s been nursing a few injuries and he’s only made eight starts this year. He’s only missed the cut once in those eight appearances. He performs well on difficult courses and he impresses in the wind too. The course could play to his strength and he could go well at a decent price.

I also like Davis Riley, who has been in brilliant form in recent weeks. He’s had a couple of top five finishes. His game is a nice mix, he can drive it well and he has a solid short game. He’s a rising star on the tour.

USPGA Championship betting tips:

Winner:

Ben Coley:
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama

Iain Mclaughlin:
Shane Lowry
Matthew Fitzpatrick

Each-Way Picks:

Ben Coley:
Tony Finau
Tommy Fleetwood

Iain Mclaughlin:
Daniel Berger
Davis Riley

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