Time for the first PGA Major of the year – finally! The 2020 PGA Championship is next up and the question is simple – can Brooks Koepka with three Championships in a row? Oddsmakers think it’s a good possibility as Koepka comes in at +1000 just behind Justin Thomas at +900
Both are Champs as Koepka won the PGA Championship last season following his previous win in 2018. Thomas won the Championship in 2017.
Here are the top-five favorites to win the 2020 PGA Championship.
TPC Harding Park is a municipal course in San Fransico that is now a TPC venue. It has undergone multiple improvements over the years. The last major update took place in 2003 with a re-grassing project in 2014. In preparation for the PGA Championship, the fairways were narrowed and the rough will reportedly be over 3 inches thick.
Look for shortened drives, somewhat due to the thick air, into targeted landing areas to avoid Cypress trees to maximize second shots towards the large greens. The greens don’t have much slope which means pin placement will be geared towards forcing players to avoid the trees as much as possible.
If you don’t believe all of the hype about the trees on the course – then maybe you should consider what Tiger Woods had to say about them.
“Yeah, do not hit the ball in these trees. You may not be seeing it again.”
Jon Rahm +1400
Jon Rahm won the Memorial two weeks ago but had a slight hiccup last week finishing T52 at the St Jude Invitational. That was a very uncharacteristic finish for the player from Spain who played at Arizona State. He’s ranked tenth in FedEx points and now No. 2 on the OWGR. He has one win, two tournaments where he was in lone second place, and seven top-25 finishes this season.
Bryson DeChambeau +1600
The last two weeks have not been the best for Bryson DeChambeau finishing T30 and missing the cut the week prior. But, he does have a win this year and was riding a seven tournament streak where he finished T8 or better. His only issue may be overplaying his driver on such a tight course.
Tiger Woods +2800
This is purely a gut-pick based on the fact that Tiger Woods won the Masters last year when many predicted he would not make the cut. Woods, at +2800, does not rely on the power of his driver as he did in his younger days – that’s a plus at this course.
Others I Like
Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson – Last week Koepka finally began to look like the player he was the two previous seasons. His knee surgery is still in the recovery stages. However, he can’t be counted out after last week and he’s certainly worth placing in a fantasy lineup at the least.
Mickelson, like Koepka, put on a show last week in Memphis entering the final rounds as a threat to the leaders. The lefty, who is a long-shot at +8000, could add a second PGA Championship to his resume. His first came in 2005.
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