Golf Tips: This 25/1 shot has the lot to be first round leader at the US PGA Championship

Golf guru Martin Mathews reckons Cameron Smith can get off to a flyer in the second Major of the season.


*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

**Paddy Power’s 10 places each-way applies to bets placed before the tournament tees off. 

With our main outright bets all nailed down for the US PGA Championship it is now time to take a look at the different speciality markets available and as always, Paddy have done us proud, pricing up a wide raft of options for us to choose from.

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


First Round Leader: Cameron Smith & Mito Pereira

So let’s start off by taking a look at the First Round Leader market.

Looking at the weather forecast and it would appear that the wind will pick up more as the day progresses so I am keen to focus on the AM starters.

The first man who jumps out at me from the morning tee times is Cameron Smith who heads out at 8.00am local time on the tenth tee.

Smith has been in sparkling form this year having already bagged two trophies including the coveted Players Championship title. In addition he came close to bagging his first Major shortly after at Augusta.

One of the strengths to the Aussie’s play this season has been his propensity to start quickly and he currently sits third on tour in the round one scoring averages.

A possessor of a superb short game who is, like most Aussie’s, strong in the wind, it would be no surprise should Smith go well this week and he looks a great bet to get out of the blocks quickly.

At bigger odds the second man I am keen to have onside from the morning wave is Mito Pereira who gets underway just under half an hour before Smith at 7.33am local time from the first tee.

One of the most accurate iron players on tour the talented Chilean should find Southern Hills small greens play to his strength and having played his college golf in Texas we know he is comfortable in the wind should it pick up early.

Pereira’s last two starts have seen him open up with rounds of 66 and 64 and I am happy to chance him at juicy odds to start quickly again here.

Top American Player: Jordan Spieth

Moving on and the next market to catch my eye is the Top American and the man I will side with here is Jordan Spieth.

Spieth is on many a person’s radar this week due to his recent surge in form, which has seen him post a win and a runner up finish in his last two starts. In addition there are strong reasons to think that he will take to Southern Hills as he has a great record at Colonial CC, which is the work of the same designer and has drawn comparisons from Spieth himself to the layout here, while his superb scrambling touch should be key.

There were two things that swayed me against selecting Spieth in the outright market, the fact that all the juice had gone from his odds in the lead up to the event and also my suspicion that with the Grand Slam on the line he will ultimately come up short.

In the top American market though we have an opportunity to get double figure odds on him, while taking out my main fancies, Rahm, Matsuyama and Lowry, along with McIlroy, Hovland and Smith amongst others. To me then this is the best way to get Spieth on side at decent odds without needing him to win the event.

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Cameron Smith

Top English Player: Sam Horsfield

The next market I want to look at is Top Englishman and the man I will risk here is Sam Horsfield. Horsfield one of the rising stars of English golf notched his third DP World Tour win at the weekend having only recently returned from an injury absence, so his confidence will be sky high.

Long off the tee, Horsfield has a game built for the modern Major Championship test and having lived in the US since he was five and attended college there we know he is comfortable Stateside.

Furthermore the 25-year-old acquitted himself well at Kiawah Island last year and has also performed strongly in the middle east so we know he is comfortable in the wind.

With three each way places on offer let’s chance the youngster to break in to the more recognised names at the top of this market.

Top 30 Finish: Jason Kokrak

Finally moving on to the Top 30 Finish market and the one who catches my eye here is Jason Kokrak.

Kokrak boasts a really strong record at Colonial CC having won there last year, which as already noted correlates nicely. The big man played solidly at Augusta in the years first Major to finish 14th and having warmed up well in Texas last week I expect him to go strongly here.

PGA Championship tips

First Round Leader:
Cameron Smith
Mito Pereira

Top American Player:
Jordan Spieth

Top English Player:
Sam Horsfield

Top 30 Finish:
Jason Kokrak

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