STAR PREVIEW: US PGA

BLUE HORSESHOE WRITES: Major number two of the season tees off on Thursday at Bethpage Back in New York State, a course officially ranked by Golf Digest as the third toughest course in America. In fact, Bethpage Black is so tough it comes with its own warning sign intended to dissuade those of who are a little more golfingly challenged from going out to play on it.


What makes Bethpage so tough is its unrelenting length. At seven thousand four hundred and fifty four yards this par seventy one beast demands you to bring you’re top drawer driving game. If you stray, the rough is thick and the recent rain in the New York area will have made the rough only lusher and harder to escape from. To compound matters the holes are mostly doglegs, so you have to be able to shape the ball left and right to get into the premium scoring positions.

So, in summation just be ultra-long, dead straight, but also be excellent at hooking and fading your ball flights, be superb at scrambling your way out of trouble, oh and putt brilliantly and you’ll be fine.

But fear not dear golf punter, because Blue Horseshoe has found a few contenders we love the look of to be able to tame Bethpage Black this week.

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There is a bit of a correlation between Bethpage Black another long demanding track; Quail Hollow. Players who have performed well at Quail Hollow have often also performed well at this venue.

For that reason Blue Horseshoe is making this little nugget of data one of our main criteria this week to love our selections with, along with a proven long game and the ability to shape the ball left and right.

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Rory McIlroy Currently trading at 11/1 with starsports.bet

The Northern Irishman’s long game has been quite superb this season. He has been bombing it three hundred yards plus for fun, which correlates to his second ranking on driving distance this year, and while his driving accuracy numbers are not brilliant he has the strength to get out of the long grass and still make the green for his second shot if needs be. He also has a great ability to shape the ball left or right and has recorded two wins around Quail Hollow. If Rory can putt well, he must be considered.

Brooks Koepka Currently trading at 11/1 with starsports.bet

This guy looks like he should be on a body building stage rather than a golf course, but Koepka is not all just chest and arms. He is a back to back US Open winner, which is some going considering the USGA invariably set up the US Open courses as hard as they possibly can. Koepka is incredibly consistent, hits the ball into the next parish and is coming of a strong warm up performance last week finishing a solid fourth at The Byron Nelson. I would be stunned if he’s not there or there abouts come Sunday.

Gary Woodland Currently trading at 66/1 with starsports.bet

Woodland is a model of consistency. He is ranked in the top ten in driving distance and has been hanging around the top fifty in driving accuracy all season and that makes him a real contender on a course that demands both disciplines so heavily over four rounds. While his ball shaping is not of the calibre of some of my other picks, I want a guy in my selections who will hit it long and invariably keep it on the short stuff.

Bubba Watson currently trading at 50/1 with starsports.bet

Bubba is great value for me at 50/1. Bubba is ranked seventh on tour in driving distance, so length is not an issue. He can also do things with a golf ball that most other pro’s can only dream of, so left and right ball movement is well within his capabilities. Scrambling is one of Bubba’s real strengths so that’s another positive. The only worry with Mr. Watson is that he can be guilty of spraying his booming drives a bit, but I am willing to back his invention and powers of recovery to get him out of trouble.


RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK RORY McILROY 2 pts each way at 11/1 with starsports.bet
BACK BROOKS KOEPKA 1 pt each way at 11/1 with starsports.bet
BACK GARY WOODLAND 1 pt each way at 66/1 with starsports.bet
BACK BUBBA WATSON 1 pt each way at 50/1 with starsports.bet

EW: 1/5 odds, 7 places


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