The Northern Trust kicks off the FedEx playoffs and comes to Glen Oaks Golf Club in Old Westbury, New York. The course is hosting its first PGA event and what a better introduction than the playoffs. It is, of course, a nightmare for the punter as we have no idea about players previous record at the course. It’ll be new to the players and of course, new to us.
However, we still have plenty of information in terms of stats to go by. By this point in the season, we are looking at the hottest players on the tour to gives a good chance of winning some dough.
Hideki Matsuyama starts as the favourite which is understandable given his form at the moment. You can get him at 11/1. Following him is the usual suspects of Spieth, Johnson, Fowler and McIlroy. Personally, I don’t fancy any of these with Johnson’s mixed season and McIlroy looking like a boxer with a glass jaw. So I decided to look elsewhere for those who could put a good challenge at better prices.
So with that in mind, here is where the best value is this week.
Brooks Koepka 22/1 Unibet
Koepka already has a major championship under his belt and on his day, can rip courses for fun. He is putting together a great season performing his best at all the big ones this summer. A birdie machine who currently sits second in birdies or better stats. At this price, he is still undervalued so best get in quick.
Matt Kuchar 40/1 Bwin.com
Kuchar, the nearly man of majors, has been on top form this season. He ranks fifth on the tour for scrambling and that could be important here. A top-class player at a great price and could be well worth a quid or two.
Patrick Reed 50/1 188Bet
Reed enters as defending champion after his victory at Bethpage Black and recently gave Justin Thomas a run for his money at the PGA Championships. Currently eighth on strokes gained on tour thanks mainly to his putter. Reed is looking good at the right time and at 50/1. I’ll be running to the bookies to get that one on.
Francesco Molinari 70/1 888Sport
Tied for second at the PGA Championship and seems to love these American courses. Lead the tour stats in approach play and strokes gained. The Italian is certainly a dark horse in the betting market considering how well he has played on the PGA Tour this year. Undervalued for this one so best take advantage.