2015 winner Jason Day will be aiming to return to form next month when he lines up in the final Major Championship of 2017 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Australian has had a disappointing campaign so far by his high standards and is looking to finish in the top 20 for the first time this year in one of golf’s leading four events, the US PGA Championship.
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Day showed signs during the weekend at Royal Birkdale that his game was starting to come together. After a disappointing second round of 76 in the Open Championship, the former world number one was fortunate to make the cut in Southport. He did respond very well on the third day of the tournament with a 65, which was one of the lowest rounds of the week.
When Day was successful in the 2015 US PGA Championship, he became the first player to reach -20 at the end of a Major Championship. Rounds of 68, 67, 66 and 67 ensured he finished three shots ahead of Jordan Spieth, which was enough to ensure he lifted the trophy.
Next month’s venue has been used on the PGA Tour for the Wells Fargo Championship between 2000 and 2016, so Day and many of the other entrants next week have experience around the 7,600-yard course. There are three par-fives, which should suit the big-hitting Australian, who is aiming to join an elite list of players who have won the US PGA Championship twice in their careers.
Day can be backed at best odds of 21/1 for Quail Hollow; however, if you are having a bet on the Major Championship, it may be worth investing in a golfing betting syndicate such as those on Champions Bets, which provide punters with recommended bets and suggested bookies.
Leishman Excels Once again in Open Championship
Victoria-born golfer Marc Leishman recorded his third top-ten finish in four years at the Open Championship earlier this month as he continues to have an excellent year. The PGA Tour professional won the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March and has now performed well in all three majors in 2017.
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The US PGA Championship has not been Leishman’s best Major so far in his career as he has just one top-20 finish. The course in Charlotte should suit his game, though, so he will be confident of winning the biggest tournament of his career next month.
Leishman is 65/1 in the bookmaker’s outright betting to break his major maiden at Quail Hollow. The closest he has been to a major was in the 2015 Open Championship where he lost a three-way playoff which was won by Zach Johnson. In 2009, he became the first Australian to win the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA Tour. He has been long tipped to be a top-ten player in the world rankings and a win in the US PGA Championship will push him towards that milestone.