2015 PGA Championship Expert Picks: In-depth Analysis

2015 PGA Championship

The fourth and final major tournament in the PGA Tour season is taking place this week, as the best golfers in the world head to Whistling Straights golf course in Kohler, Wisconsin, for the 2015 PGA Championship. 

Last year, Rory McIlroy won the tournament, but he will have some stiff competition this year, with the emergence of Jordan Spieth, who has won two major tournaments this year. With that being said, it’s time to take a look at some of the favorites going into the tournament, and make our PGA Championship picks.

PGA Championship Preview.

As the defending champion, Rory McIlroy will be the favorite, if you go by most PGA Championship expert picks, but since he is coming off an injury that has sidelined him for a month, I’m not so sure if he has gotten enough practice rounds under his belt to repeat as the champion. Before his ankle injury, McIlroy played very good golf, he won two tournaments and finished in the top 10, in six of his eight PGA tournaments this year. At the majors, he also performed very well, finishing 4th at the Masters, and 9th at the U.S. Open. He would love to add a major tournament victory to his win total this year, and this is his last opportunity to do so, so I expect him to play well in the tournament. McIlroy’s odds to win the PGA Championship is +900.

Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and the U.S. Open, and had a good chance of winning the Open Championship, is the tournament favorite. This doesn’t come as a surprise to people who follow golf, because he is currently having the best season on the PGA Tour, and will give himself a chance to win the tournament if he plays as well as he did in the first three majors of the year. Spieth has won five tournaments this season, and finished in the top 10 an impressive 14 times in the 21 events he has played this year. This also includes six top five finishes in the events that he did not win. If Spieth can win the PGA Championship, he will move into 1st place in the World Golf Rankings, which should provide him with some extra motivation this weekend. His odds of winning the tournament is +550.

Dustin Johnson has been one of the most unpredictable players on the PGA Tour this year, and once again, he is one of the favorites heading into a major tournament. Johnson only has one win this year, but he has played well at times, especially in the major tournaments, which is why he goes into this one as a favorite. Johnson has seven top 10 finishes in the 16 events he has played this year, and three of those seven were top five finishes. At the Masters, he finished 6th, at the U.S. Open, he finished 2nd to Jordan Spieth, but had a great chance to win the event, but couldn’t take advantage and lost on the final hole. At the Open Championship, Johnson had the lead after two rounds, but his game fell apart in the final two rounds, and ended up finishing 49th at the event. After the Open Championship, Johnson competed in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, finishing at 53rd overall. After his performance in the last two events that he entered, nobody is sure of what to expect from Johnson at the PGA Championship, but since he played well in two of the first three majors of the year, expectations are high. His odds of winning the tournament is +1200.

Jason Day is another favorite going into this tournament, which is due to his performances at majors this year. So far, Day has two PGA Tour victories for the year, and eight top 10 finishes in the 16 events that he competed in (Five of those eight were top 5 finishes, which means he has been in contention in most of the tournaments he has played.) At the Masters, Day finished 28th, at the U.S. Open, he finished 4th, and at the Open Championship, he finished 4th. All these close finishes means that he is getting close to finally winning his first major tournament, and has as good a chance to win it as anyone not named Spieth. His odds of winning the tournament are +1400.

Bubba Watson is another golfer that has been a favorite at the major tournaments this year, but hasn’t performed as expected. Watson has two wins this season, as well as seven top 10 finishes, four of which were in the top five. When it comes to the majors, Watson hasn’t played very well this year, he followed up a 38th place finish at the Masters, by missing the cut at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship. Both disappointing finishes would suggest that he shouldn’t be a favorite going into this tournament, especially since he hasn’t won it before, but two consecutive second place finishes in his last two tournaments indicate that his game is improving, which means he will likely play well at the PGA Championship. His odds of winning the tournament are currently at +1400.

Justin Rose is another one of the golfers that people feel has a good chance to win the PGA Championship, he has played well enough to win a tournament this year, and he has also been in contention in a lot of competitions so far. He has seven top 10 finishes this year, four of which are top five finishes, and he also played well in the majors. At the Masters, he finished 2nd to Jordan Spieth, but he didn’t have as much success at the U.S. Open, finishing 27th at the event. He bounced back at the Open Championship, and managed a 6th place finish at the event. Prior to the PGA Championship, Rose finished 4th and 3rd in his last two tournaments, which shows he is still playing well, and he will have a good chance to win this event. His odds of winning the tournament is +1800.

PGA Championship Predictions.

All of the favorites in this tournament have a good chance to win it, but the one golfer that stands out is Jordan Spieth, who has played great golf all year, so I expect him to win the tournament, and claim the number one ranking from Rory McIlroy.

 
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