2008 PGA Championship Betting Preview August 6th, 2008
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Singh, Mickelson PGA Championship Odds
Vijay Singh hasn’t paid off for those doing any golf betting on him in major tournaments over the last few years, but it looks like he’s peaking at the right time. Coming off a big win in a WGC event, the native of Fiji will be looking to add another major to his resume.
Singh beat both Stuart Appleby and Lee Westwood by a single stroke last weekend to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen were both two strokes back of Singh on the star-studded leaderboard in a tie for fourth place, with Peter Lonard and Darren Clarke back in sixth.
And now Singh will look to carry that momentum over to this week, when he hits Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan for the season’s final major tournament, the PGA Championship. Singh won this event in both 1998 and 2004, and that 2004 victory began a string of seven straight majors in which he managed to end up in the Top 10.
Since then, though, Singh has failed to crack the Top 10 in nine straight major tourneys, and he’s missed the cut at the PGA Championship in each of the last two years. This year Singh finished 14th at The Masters, was back in 65th at the U.S. Open, and missed the cut at the British Open. Last weekend’s win at Firestone was impressive, but the oddsmakers still have Singh listed back at only +1200 odds to win at Oakland Hills.
That puts Singh behind both Mickelson (+600) and Ernie Els (+900) on the odds list. Mickelson won the PGA Championship in 2005, then started 2006 by winning The Masters and finishing second at the U.S. Open. That was the high-water mark for Mickelson, though, as he’s finished no better than tied for fifth (at Augusta earlier this year) in any major tournament since 2006. He was 16th and 32nd in the last two PGA’s.
Jim Furyk is tied with Singh at +1200 to win the PGA Championship this week, with Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, and Padraig Harrington all at +1400. Harrington, the two-time defending British Open champion, ended up tied for 42nd place in the PGA Championship last year, and he finished nine strokes back of Singh in 20th at Firestone.
Goosen is then at +1800, with Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy, and Justin Rose at +2000, K.J. Choi and Luke Donald at +2200, Henrik Stenson at +2500, and Paul Casey and Trevor Immelman at +3000. Other notables include Mike Weir (+3300), Steve Stricker (+4000), and Ian Poulter (+5000). David Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner, is at +3500.
Of course, Tiger Woods would have been a big favorite to win this week if he was able to participate. Woods has won this tournament four times in the past – consecutively in 1999 and 2000, and in each of the last two years. None of those wins came at Oakland Hills, though, as this week’s venue hasn’t played host to this tourney in almost 30 years. David Graham won the PGA at Oakland Hills in 1979, and Gary Player did it back in ’72.
After completing the PGA Championship the Tour will play one more event before the ‘playoffs’ begin – and that’s the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina from August 14-17. The four FedExCup playoff events are then The Barclays (August 21-24), the Deutsche Bank Championship (August 29-September 1), the BMW Championship (September 4-7), and The TOUR Championship (September 25-28). Despite his injury Woods continues to sit in top spot in the FedExCup standings.
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