PGA Championship

The PGA championship postponed from May 14-17 due to Pandemic issues has been rescheduled for this week. To be held at the famous municipal links of SAN Francisco, Harding Park, the course has a chequered history, but has always been an admired layout architecturally.

Wikipedia describes the turmoil. - Golf Selections and Tips

In 2010, the PGA Tour took over the management under the TPC umbrella and instituted various advantages for SAN Francisco residents and wonderful facilities for visitors.

The course 6560 (7251 yards) par 70 with two par fives designed by Sam Whiting and Willie Watson who also designed the famed Olympic club nearby is quirky and difficult with a slope rating of 74.3. The course for this event will have severe deep rough and the treelined fairways require accurate tee shots and superb iron play.

Top professionals have won here including Tiger Woods winning the WGC matchplay and a 5-0 effort at the 2009 Presidents Cup, other PGA tour events include the 1944 Victory Open. It was a wartime description for the San Francisco Open, which rotated between the city’s courses. Byron Nelson won, then claimed the same event at Harding Park in December, giving him two wins in the same event at the same venue in the same year.
In 1946 Mason Rudolph won the Golden Gate Open. That event was played just one time.
In 1948 the Lucky International Open, which was sponsored by a local brewery, began a seven-year run at Harding Park.
Six of the Lucky’s seven winners were also major champions: Gary Player, Gene Littler, Jack Burke, Jr., Billy Casper, Archer and Venturi. The lone exception was Chi Chi Rodriguez, who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The PGA TOUR returned for World Golf Championships in 2005 and 2015, as well as the 2009 Presidents Cup after the 2002 renovation.
PGA Champions Tour played the season ending Charles Schwab cup match a number of times recently. A great amateur match between Ken Venturi (later running second in the Masters and winning a US Open and Hardie Ward the current US amateur champ, in the club championship final. Venturi won, but Ward repeated his US amateur victory later.

The PGA is the easiest of the majors to win, because a number of club professionals make the field. So far our lay suggestions have been achieved, but the best bet of the year is to back Zach Johnson already a surprise winner of the Masters and the Open at $4000 each way on Bet365 for whatever you can fund and get on. Then lay back Zach at up to $1000 (and there’s $78 available up to $840, you then have at least $3000 to Nothing the win and the place at $1250 for free!

Below prices are all Betfair prices! I also don’t like Rory Mcilroy at $16 to lay as his last round record is abysmal recently and I’d lay Bryson de Chambeau at $19, this course requires accurate driving.

My picks at the low end of the market include Brooks Koepka ($13.5), coming into form twice previous winner and sets himself for majors, Tiger Woods ($42), who would count the best all round player ever, despite his recent ordinary form, Gary Woodland, lost in the final of the matchplay here to Tiger at $60
Adam Scott has won two WGC events here and has had a great preparation in Australia at $85, Sunjae I’m a terrific player bound for stardom at $140 and Euro tour stars, Matt Wallace ($270) and Erik van Royen appeal at ($270).
You obviously can’t back them all.

Remembering that surprise winners pop up quite often in the PGA, I’ve detailed my real roughies here, anyone can win.

And My roughies include at $1000, Andrew Putnam, Jazz Janewattonanond,
Lucas Herbert, the brash Aussie, has shown winning is not beyond him, Mark Hubbard, Carlos Ortiz, Tyler Duncan, Denny McCarthy, Danny Lee, Lanto Griffin, Jorge Campillo, You Could back all of these and pick a couple of the shorties for an interesting week. A few others are well over, Jason Dunfermline, a past winner ($880), Robert McIntyre ($810) scottish wunderkind, Cam Smith ($630), Emiliano Grillo ($520) and Joel Dahmen ($570) all are overs.

European Tour this week.

Hanbury Manor Golf Course

The European Tour manages to continue albeit with only a €1 million prize fund at the English championship at Hanbury Manor course originally designed by Harry Vardon as a nine hole course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus 11. The course is located 40km (25 miles) north of London and is a premier golf course that is featured in the top 100 UK courses.

Hanbury Manor at the Marriott Hotel & Country Club has a sense of history about it. It is a stately country house on 200 acres of parkland in Hertfordshire that is a 19th century Jacobean-style manor. It was originally a home for the Hanbury family and is named after them. Later it became a Roman Catholic boarding school called Poles Convent. The main banqueting hall called Poles Hall is converted from the original chapel and still has many of the original features
The course provides an enjoyable and challenging experience for golfers of all skill levels and has hosted numerous tournaments including the English Open and the European Senior Tour. It is a well-balanced par-72 course that measures 7,052 yards from the championship tees and is playable all year with excellent surfaces, USGA greens and numerous tee boxes.

I couldn’t find a great deal of value on Betfair, only Masuhiro Kawamura ($600), Jake McLeod ($760) Sebastian Garcia-Rodriguez ($270) appeared overs to me, the market not yet finalised, but you could place cheeky back bets on Hugo Leon ($1000) now ($620/$1000), Maverick Antcliff at ($950) now ($520/$970), Max Schmitt ($1000), now ($610/$1000). You might get hit as the algorithm for the big punters steps in.

Marathon Classic

The LPGA returns to the Marathon classic at Highland Meadows Private course in Sylvania, northern Ohio, Sandy Alves designed the original course of 6686 yards in 1925, the Marathon Classic has been played here since 1989, and 52 recent bunkering renovations by Hills Forrest Smith have improved the layout. Lydia Ko has won here twice, and is undergoing swing change 100, which makes it hard to tip her.

However if you can get $100 on Betfair take it.
Over the odds are Maria Fassi, ($401) each way on B365, and Sarah Schmezel, an up and comer ($200) each way on B365 and on Betfair, Celine Herbin ($690), Mel Reid ($440), Cydney Clanton ($190), Stacy Lewis ($130) a pastwinner.

That’s all for this week