Here are a four golfers who are flying under the radar ahead of the 2015 US PGA Championship.
The first group will tee off at Whistling Straits tomorrow with all the big names in the field for the final major of the year, the 2015 US PGA Championship.
While much of the attention is on the return of Rory McIlroy from injury, Jordan Spieth’s chances of a third major in 2015 and a few other favourites including Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Jason Day, there are a few golfers who are flying under the radar a little. Some of them a very good chance to win this week despite placing quite low in the pecking order.
You could make a case for most of the field to win this week in what is surely one of the more open PGA Championship one can remember. But here are four underdogs, or sleepers who have the game to win this week who aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
It’s incredible that Marc Leishman is listed as a 101:1 shot to win this week with some betting agencies. While Leishman has missed a few cuts this year, he’s fast becoming the sort of golfer who steps up for the big tournaments – a lot like the way Jason Day does. Only last month, Leishman was handed a divot lie on the first playoff hole, cruelly ending any chance he had of winning his first major. Don’t rule out the big hitting Victorian this week.
Koepka hasn’t treaded the same path to the US PGA Tour as most Americans and goes some way to explaining why he flies under the radar this week. Koepka has come via the European Tour and has flourished in 2015 winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and eight top-20 finishes in his next 16 starts. His form in the majors has been superb with a 10th place finish at The Open at St.Andrews.
Zach Johnson is listed a 51 to 1 shot on many sites this week. How can The Open champion be considered such a long shot? In addition to the obvious major victory, Johnson’s form has been superb with four top-10s in his last six starts. And who was the highest placed Johnson the last time the US PGA Championship was played at Whistling Straits in 2010? It wasn’t Dustin Johnson. Zach Johnson finished just one stroke out of the playoff. DJ was two back.
Englishman Danny Willett is perhaps correctly priced over 100:1 this week primarily because of his unpredictability. Willett has had his fair share of missed cuts in 2015 but he has good form in some big events. The current world number 25 stuck around the top of the leaderboard at The Open last month, made the semi-finals of the WGC World MatchPlay earlier this year and won the Omega European Masters only a few weeks ago. Willett played in the last US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010 and missed the cut. But he’ll be much better this year and won’t be as daunted by the brutish layout.