So the final Major Championship is upon us.. this week, Baltusrol Golf Club plays host to the PGA Championship. With the par 70 course playing 7,428 yards this week it is sure to be a test of golf for all player competing.
As mentioned the Par 70 course was originally designed by A.W Tillinghast in 1918, Baltusrol has already been used for seven US Opens, four US Amateurs, two US Women’s Opens, two US Women’s Amateurs and this will be the second time it’s been used for the USPGA Championship. Phil Mickelson won here in 2005 with a four-under-par total. Many changes have been made to the course over the last 11 years since it was held here last, but some notable features still remain. Baltusrol has few water hazards, but none are more noticeable than the pond on the left side of the 18th hole which has been increased significantly in size since Mickelson won in 2005, making it more exposable for the players.
he last two USPGA Championships have been won with a low winning total but I don’t expect anything like that this year. However we are going for a group players who I think Baltusrol will favour. A distinctly technical and lengthy course for a par 70, the Lower Course will punish those who are constantly missing fairways and the course will appeal to those who like strategic play and love Bentgrass/Poa Annua putting surfaces. It’s also hard to ignore a key fact that 14 of the last 16 PGA Champions (88%) had already won a tournament in the same season prior to winning the PGA Championship.
Sergio Garcia – 30/1 – Sergio is always there about’s with many top 10’s in Majors, He can really look to plot his way around Baltusrol. His recent Open performance looked promising, A Major must be around the corner for Sergio… Right??
JB Holmes – 80/1 – Finished a distant third at the Open but he was third nonetheless and his exploits seemed to have gone unnoticed, playing Troon well all 4 days with minor slip ups. Holmes might be the biggest hitter on the PGA Tour but he also ranks 26th in adjusted scoring average so there is more to his game than just smashing driver.
The 34-year-old has two top-5 finishes in majors this season (both career bests) whilst also continuing his good form in regular tour events with top-6s at the Farmers and Memorial, which makes him one of our top picks for The PGA Championship.
Let us know who you think will take it.