On the eve of the 100th US PGA Championship, Steve's had a look around all the various side markets for any last-minute value and he's highlighted four possible bets...
“Rafa lost his way a bit after he got exposed by the setup in the third round of the US Open at Shinnecock but his 17th at Firestone last week was a very encouraging effort and he looks a solid bet at 5/1 to end the week as the top Spaniard.”
Australia's Cameron Smith made his way into my portfolio of bets in the win market because he ticked most of the trends boxes set out in the preview and he's a fair price at 8/1 to finish the week as the Top Australian but I much prefer him at 15/2 to finish inside the top-20 and that's my idea of the best value bet in the all the various side markets.
The Sportsbook have priced up a number of four men groups and most look quite tight but another of my fancies, Bryson DeChambeau, looks a decent bet in Group F at 9/4. The favourite, Alex Noren, has a poor record in this event, Adam Scott looks readily opposable while he continues to struggle for consistency on the greens and Phil Mickelson has distracted himself with some woeful dancing!
"It's typical Phil, it's why we love him!"? The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 4, 2018
World's best players react to Mickelson's dance advert pic.twitter.com/RP9c2tw0fk
Henrik Stenson has a much better tournament record than Noren but having withdrawn from the Scottish Open with an elbow injury and having performed fairly poorly in both the Open and the WGS-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, Alexander Bjork, could be a decent little bet at 5/1 to be the Top-Swede for fans of the old 'outsider of three' adage.
There have been glimpses of form from Sergio Garcia but he's been largely disappointing since his dire US Masters defence and although the rain-soften conditions might help the Top Spanish favourite, Jon Rahm, other than his fourth place at Augusta in April, his major form has been poor (missed the last two cuts) and there could well be mileage in Rafa Cabrera-Bello at 5/1 with both Jorge Campillo and Adrian Otaegui huge outsiders. Rafa lost his way a bit after he got exposed by the setup in the third round of the US Open at Shinnecock but his 17th at Firestone last week was a very encouraging effort and he looks a solid bet at the price.
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