The 2017 PGA Tour features some of golfs biggest names including Australia's Jason Day, favourite Rory McIlroy, world number one Dustin Johnson and The Open champion Jordan Spieth. The Championships will be held at Quail Hollow Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time in the event's history. Continue reading below for UBET's overview of the 2017 PGA best bet contenders.
The world's best golfer is not at his best when playing in the PGA Championship, judging by his results in the other three Majors. However, this year has been fruitful for him as he has collected a Tour record three titles in 2017; more recently though the American's best form hasn't been summoned finishing in a tie for 8th in his last tournament.
The only Major that eludes the former world number one golfer is the PGA Championship and on recent form you would think Spieth is every chance of collecting his maiden trophy. On the back of his commanding back 9 at Royal Birkdale at The Open, the 23-year-old Texan is one of the most in form players on tour and should finish there or thereabouts.
Matsuyama is, along with Jordan Spieth, the most in form golfer on Tour at the moment with the brilliant Japanese right-hander a last start winner. The 25-year-old has made the most prizemoney this year and has made 16 of 17 cuts to go with three very impressive wins that included a course record 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitation earlier this month.
This is, historically McIlroy's favourite of the four Majors having won the event twice in three years from 2012. The Northern Irishman from Holywood finished a respectable tie for fourth at The Open at Royal Birkdale last month, seven shots behind eventual champion Jordan Spieth; however he is yet to win a trophy this year.
One of three former world number one players in the world to feature in UBET's Top Contenders, Day is also Australia's best hope of winning the PGA Championship for the second time in three years after his breakthrough Major win came in 2015. Day has not been in great form this year but that hasn't stopped punters from placing faith in the classy Queenslander.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2016||JIMMY WALKER||JASON DAY||1 STROKE|
|2015||JASON DAY||JORDAN SPIETH||3 STROKES|
|2014||RORY MCILROY||PHIL MICKELSON||1 STROKE|
|2013||JASON DUFNER||JIM FURYK||2 STROKES|
|2012||RORY MCILROY||DAVID LYNN||8 STROKES|
|2011||KEEGAN BRADLEY||JASON DUFNER||PLAYOFF|
|2010||MARTIN KAYMER||BUBBA WATSON||PLAYOFF|
|2009||YANG YONG-EUN||TIGER WOODS||3 STROKES|
|2008||PADRAIG HARRINGTON||BEN CURTIS & SERGIO GARCIA||2 STROKES|
|2007||TIGER WOODS||WOODY AUSTIN||2 STROKES|
|2006||TIGER WOODS||SHAUN MICHEEL||5 STROKES|
|2005||PHIL MICKELSON||THOMAS BJORN & STEVE ELKINGTON||1 STROKE|
The PGA Championship, also known as the US PGA Championship or simply US PGA, is one of the oldest and most prestigious golfing tournaments in the world, dating back to 1916. It is the final major of the year, following the Masters, U.S. Open and the Open Championship. The PGA Championship was originally introduced to commemorate the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America, which was established in the same year in New York City.
The first PGA Championship was held at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, in October 1916 and was won by Englishman Jim Barnes. Back then, the winner received $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal, which was donated by wealthy department store owner and golfing enthusiast Rodman Wanamaker. In comparison, the 2014 champion, Rory McIlroy, received a cheque for over $1.45 million. Since its inception, the winner is awarded with a replica of the Wanamaker Trophy, which was also donated by Wanamaker himself, to keep until next year’s PGA Championship.
The Championship was originally a match play event, where scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. It wasn’t until 1958 that the tournament changed to stroke play (total number of strokes over one or more rounds of 18 holes), which is the most common form of scoring today. Many great players have been success at this event over the years, from Jack Nicklaus, who won the event five times, to Tiger Woods, who almost caught Nicklaus after winning the tournament on four occasions. The Championship has been dominated by Americans since its inception, with only three Aussies (Jim Ferrier in 1947, David Graham in 1979 & Steve Elkington in 1995), successful in 100 years.