We are inching ever closer to the start of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills and we have been wading through the field exploring potential winners.
Naturally, there is a predilection to gravitate toward the PGA’s brightest young talents, but perhaps, we should be paying closer attention to the elder statesmen of the game.
Tiger Woods will be making just his second appearance of the season and at 46, he’s not getting any younger and perhaps he could call time on his career in the next couple of years.
There are a few players lining up this week who are either just shy of 50 or are just south of 60, but Phil Mickelson fans will have to get behind someone else as the reigning champion withdrew from the event.
Excitement levels for the PGA Championship are beginning to reach feverish levels, but could Mickelson’s record of being the oldest Major winner be broken this weekend? Freebets.com has dissected the field and divulged the odds for some of the more senior players in the outright market.
Arguably one of the more flamboyant characters, John Daly has always been a huge pull for golf fans and he provides good entertainment.
Daly, however, will want to put the sorry episode behind him in the first major of the season on the senior tour last weekend after he inexplicably forgot to sign his scorecard. Regardless of that mental aberration, Daly is usually quite big from the tee.
Although he has been unable to finish better than 27th from six starts on the PGA Tour Champions this season, Daly won’t shy away from a challenge and will be eager to add a second PGA Championship title to his Major collection with his previous success coming in 1991. If you are prepared to throw caution to the wind, Daly is at 1000/1 with Paddy Power to win a third Major this weekend.
Usually on Sky Sports golfing duties, the 2002 PGA Championship winner will be hoping to have a right good run at Southern Hills. 20 years ago, Beem was able to hold off Woods, but whether he can fend off the likes of Scottie Scheffler et al is another matter.
Beem of course will inextricably be connected to his exploits at the PGA Championship, but if he can fashion a good couple of rounds together, then he will be there at the weekend.
However, were Beem to come up trumps at Southern Hills, it would be a real turn for the books. Currently, he is available at 2000/1 with Unibet which is a monster price by any account.
Perhaps one of the best players never to win a Major, Lee Westwood has played in 89 Majors in a career that has spanned over 25 years. The Englishman has been eminently more successful on the European Tour, but he has picked up a couple of PGA Tour titles.
This season, he has made the cut in half of the tournaments he has played in (8), and with Westwood, if the putter can remain red hot throughout all four rounds, then he will certainly be in contention.
At the Masters, Westwood finished T14, but he’s had many near misses and suffered much heartache over the years. Westwood would be a popular winner and Unibet has valued him at 350/1 to win the PGA Championship.
Stewart Cink is one of those old-timers who knows what it takes to win a Major – in 2009 he captured The Open at Turnberry. The American is one of those grafters who eschews being over-elaborate on the course and he provided a magical moment at the Masters when he registered an ace at the 16th in the second round.
This season, Cink has largely been under the radar although he managed a T7 at the Valspar Championship, so he could throw a spanner in the works. If you are prepared to part with your cash, Cink is currently trading at 250/1 with Paddy Power.