The final major of the year and prestigious USA PGA Championship is just days away and golf fans from around the world will be flocking to Kentucky’s Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville to watch their favourite golfing superstars take to the fairways …
Many of this year’s golfing professionals have recently battled it out for the top prize at the Golf World Championships – The Bridgestone Invitational, but all eyes are really on the USA PGA Championship ….
The bookmakers have chosen their favourites across a variety of nationalities, ages and skill levels, with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson all predicted to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the coveted prize …
The contenders for the USA PGA Championship title* …
Rory McIlroy – 15/2
Having just tasted the sweet smell of success at the British Open, 25-year-old Rory McIlroy has been tipped as this year’s favourite to win the USA PGA Championship title.
Winning major tournaments is nothing new for the Irish native, at such a young age, he’s already won three, and has told reporters, “The next number in my head is four”.
With his current track record, there’s nothing stopping him from completing the ‘Slam’ (winning all fur majors) in the next 12 months…
Tiger Woods – 11/1
With a stunning career and a huge string of accolades including more career major wins than any other golfer still playing, it’s easy to see why Tiger Woods is still a second favourite to take the title.
However, the 38-year-old has not won a USA PGA Championship title since 2007, and it could be argued that he’s no match for the fresh young talent appearing on the golfing scene today …
Adam Scott – 14/1
Having recently taken on the aforementioned Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott takes third place favourite for bookmakers to win this year’s tournament.
The 34-year-old certainly has experience on his side – he’s won 11 PGA Tours in his time, but is he a match for up and comer Rory McIlroy?
Phil Mickelson – 20/1
As the oldest of the favourites, 44-year-old Phil Mickelson could be the outsider. The ‘leftie’ also recently joined his PGA counterparts at Bridgestone this weekend, so he knows exactly what kind of competition he is up against but will a little prior knowledge be as useful as years of professional experience?
He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour including The OPEN Championship last year (2013), so he’s not going to let a little thing like age get in his way …
So, who will you be putting your money on?
By Ian Mullins
*Prices courtesy of Coral bookmakers, were correct at the time of posting.