This Thursday, the USPGA tees off in the Oak Hill Country Club with Tiger Woods as the early red-hot favourite to emerge victorious.
Following the world no. 1′s recent WGC Bridgestone Invitational win, Woods is likely to be feeling in high spirits ahead of the tournament. Of course, while he didn’t perform too capably at the British Open, he showed how steely his determination can be as he bounced back to winning ways.
Holywood man, McIlroy is at odds of 30/1 to retain his title and 11/4 to finish in the top 10. Invariably, it would be a surprise for him to win, especially when one takes into account his poor recent form.
The former USPGA champion will be hoping he can get off to a good start, however one feels that his woes may well continue until he can get his head straight and turn his fortunes around.
Phil Mickelson, who did perform incredibly well at the Open Championship as he won it outright, is priced at 16/1, whilst Justin Rose is available at 28/1.
Meanwhile, Irish hopes will have a vested interest in Padraig Harrington.
Having previously won five years ago in 2008, his pricing at 150/1 seems a little harsh. Of course, anything can happen on the day and the Dublin-born man will be hoping he can push the rest of the field all the way.
Other hopefuls include Adam Scott (18/1), Henrik Stenson (25/1) and Lee Westwood (33/1).
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports, told SportsNewsIreland “Tiger Woods was very impressive in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and will have warmed up nicely to make a bid to land his fifth USPGA title.”
He added, “Punters still have faith in McIlroy to retain the USPGA title and his odds of 30/1 are sure to harden if the support continues in the next few days, whilst the 11/4 for a Top 10 finish has also proven popular.”
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