When Is The US PGA Championship 2021?
The 2021 US PGA Championship takes place from Thursday 20-23 May, and it will be the 103rd edition. It is the second major of the 2020/21 season, following April’s US Masters.
Where Is The US PGA Championship 2021 Being Played?
The 2021 US PGA Championship is being played on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, USA. The course was designed by Pete Dye in 1991, while Scot Sherman has carried out two renovations since.
The course is a par 72 that can be lengthened to a play to 7,826 yards, the longest course in major championship history. Fairways and greens are Paspalum, with the greens expected to run at around 11.5 on the Stimpmeter, which is slower than at many majors played in the US.
Ryder Cup fans will remember Kiawah Island from the 1991 Ryder Cup. Ireland and South Africa have also been winners here in the 1997 and 2003 editions of the World Cup of Golf. But the latest big event hosted by the course was the 2012 US PGA Championship, which was won by Rory McIlroy by eight shots.
Englishman David Lynn finished second there, with Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, and Carl Petterson tied for third place.
If you’re betting in running, the front nine holes are expected to play much easier than the back nine, with the latter often played into a prevailing wind. Players can warm up with two short-par 4s and a par 5 in the first three holes, but the par 3s play between 197 and 238 yards.
Two par 4s measure over 500 yards, while another four holes measure over 450 yards. The par 5s on the back nine can also be cranked up to over 600 yards.
Due to the demands of Kiawah Island, players that score highly in categories such as strokes gained off the tee and green in regulation are expected to feature at the top of the leaderboard. The green complexes are also very large, so players that have the knack of avoiding three-putts should also prosper.
Who Has The Best Major Form
In the 36 Major Championships held from 2012 to 2021, there have been 26 different winners, which shows you just how hard it is to win one let alone more than one. However, multiple major winners in that period include Brooks Koepka (four, two US PGA Championships), Jordan Spieth (three), Rory McIlroy (three, two US PGA Championships), and Dustin Johnson (two).
Key Stats For The US PGA Championship
Current form is always worth considering in golf, but plenty of the top players can also elevate their games to another level come the biggest four weeks in golf. However, good form coming into the US PGA has been a key statistic in recent years.
Since 2006, the winner of the US PGA Championship winner has finished no worse than 28th in their previous tournament, and many have performed much better than that.
The finishing positions of the last 14 winners in their final event were: 20th, 5th, 4th, 28th, 11th, 12th, 1st, 4th, 5th, 15th, 22nd, 18th, 20th, 1st, 1st.
Many of the world’s best players near the head of the market fail to fulfil that statistic this year, including John Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, and Brooks Koepka.
How Many Places Are The Bookies Offering On The 2021 Championship?
Sky Bet is offering a standout 11 places (1/5 odds), which is the best each-way place terms on the US PGA Championship 2021. Paddy Power, Boylesports, and the Betfair Sportsbook are offering ten places, while Wiliam Hill (nine places) and Bet365 (eight places) are offering the best odds about lots of the market leaders.
If you prefer to bet five places and ¼ odds, Unibet, 888 Sport, and 10Bet are all bookmakers to consider.
Whose Favourite For The US PGA Championship 2021?
Most bookmakers have made Rory McIlroy the favourite for the 2021 US PGA Championship and it’s easy to see why. McIlroy won by eight shots last time the event was held at Kiawah Island and he comes into the event on the back of a win at the Wells Fargo Championship. That was McIlroy’s third win at Quail Hollow, while he also finished runner-up in that event in 2012.
Interestingly, Lynn, Poulter, and Rose have all finished in the places at Quail Hollow and finished placed behind McIlroy at Kiawah Island in 2012.
McIlroy is available at 12/1 with William Hill and Bet365 and it’s easy to make a case that he should be much shorter. Second, third, and fifth favourites Rahm, DeChambeau, and Johnson arrive out of form, while third favourite Justin Thomas also hasn’t been at his best of late.
Jordan Spieth is in better form than that quartet, but Kiawah Island is going to put big demands on his long game. Xander Schauffele has a long game to die for and he could emerge as the main danger to McIlroy from the players priced up at under 30/1.
Who Is The Best Outsider At The US PGA Championship 2021?
Players priced at 50/1 or bigger that catch the eye in the US PGA Championship include Abraham Ancer, who finished runner-up behind McIlroy at Quail Hollow.
With so many European players hitting the places at Kiawah Island in 2012, this could also easily be a breakthrough event for the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrell Hatton, or Matt Wallace, while Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have the experience of 2012 to call on.
At a triple-figure price, Brian Harman catches the eye after several solid recent efforts. But it’s also interesting that Keegan Bradley has found some of his best form this season and he’s fancied to draw on past efforts here to land some each-money at 100/1+.
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