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Can the 93rd USPGA Championship provide us with a story worthy of a gripping season of golf so far? It is less than a month since Open winner Darren Clarke’s emotional walk up the 18th at Royal St. George’s and two months since Rory McIlroy tore up the record books at the US Open. The final major of the year, hosted this time at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, has a lot to live up to.
Clarke and McIlroy are grouped together in the first round alongside the winner of 2011’s other major and fellow charge of the super-hot ISM stable, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. McIlroy recently professed to playing his best golf in the US – although he needn’t have wasted his breath. On tracks which seem designed to play to the US players’ strengths, with his exceptional power the Northern Irishman can out-fox the Americans. He is short at 10/1 so selling his finishing position at 26 with Sporting Index appeals more. Since tying for third in the 2010 Open, his major results on American soil are impressive: tied-third at the USPGA Championship last year, T15 at the Masters (the scene of his heartbreaking capitulation after leading for three rounds) and obviously first at the US Open this summer.
Another group to watch out for is the trio of former US PGA winners Phil Mickelson, David Toms and Vijay Singh. Toms reigned supreme in 2001, the last occasion that the Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the event, beating Mickelson by a single shot. Lefty is a great bet to win this first round three-ball at 11/10 with William Hill. Singh has done little of note this season, while Toms, despite being in good form, might struggle to contend with the additional few hundred yards added to the course since his victory a decade ago.
Australian Adam Scott’s victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has helped to take a little of the attention away from compatriot Jason Day. Considering his record in the handful of major appearances in the country the Texas resident now calls home, Day is screaming to be bought in Sporting Index’s top Australian Index at 24. He was 10th at the PGA Championship last year and second in both the Masters and the US Open earlier in 2011.
Sell Rory McIlroy’s finishing position at 26 with Sporting Index
Phil Mickelson to win first round three-ball at 11/10 with William Hill
Buy Jason Day’s top Australian index at 24 with Sporting Index