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It’s almost time for the talking to stop and the action to start at the US PGA Championship.
Before it does, though, we decided to let the bunkered team have their say on who they think will be lifting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday.
Our editorial team have made their picks to win, as well as the dark horses to watch (40/1 or longer at the time of publishing).
Let’s see who they’ve gone for…
WINNER: Scottie Scheffler
I just can’t see anyone else. He’s the form player in the game by a long way. He’s played ten events this year, won four times, and only missed out on the top-20 on two occasions. Few players are more consistent from the middle of the fairway. His dominance has to end some time, I’m just not convinced it’s this week.
DARK HORSE: Daniel Berger
Verging on mega-arrogant, Daniel Berger is made for a maiden major at the US PGA, and he’s a far better player than 40/1 suggests. Tee to green he’s pretty sensational. He’s been battling a back injury in recent weeks but, statistically, has impressed.
WINNER: Justin Thomas
Aggressive off the tee, brilliant with his long irons, well capable of shooting low numbers and his name has already been engraved on the trophy once before – Thomas is, for me, the man to beat this week. Questions remain over his putting but, if he can have a good week on the greens, I can’t see past him.
DARK HORSE: Sam Burns
This guy has absolutely everything. The full package. I’ll be stunned if he doesn’t win multiple majors and get to world No.1 before his career is done. I fancied him to do well at The Masters and it didn’t happen. This time around, I’m expecting better.
TO WIN: Xander Schauffele
had a strong start to the year, with six individual top 20s in 2022,
plus a win at the Zurich Classic with Patrick Cantlay. His approach play
has been very solid this year, something that’s going to be essential
for Southern Hills’ small, sloping greens. He’s got to win a major at
some point, right?
HORSE: Cameron Young
Cameron Young is one of the form golfers
in the world at the moment, so 80/1 seems quite generous odds. The
25-year-old American finished in the top five in his last two starts, as
well as in a tie for second at the Genesis Invitational earlier in the
year. This year, he’s ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained Off-the-Tee on the PGA Tour, so length is certainly not an issue.
TO WIN: Jordan Spieth
Spieth is in great form, winning at Heritage and then finishing second at Byron Nelson. Gil Hanse’s redesign of Southern Hills plays to his strengths – and he’ll be right up for it, since a win would complete thecareer grand slam.
DARK HORSE: Corey Conners
The Canadian’s game is absolutely tracking right now. He’s one of the purest ball-strikers on tour, and his top-10 at the Masters, his third in a row, shows he’s capable of mixing it in the majors.
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