XANDER SCHAUFFELE (USA) 22/1 – William Hill 9 Places Bet £5 EW

ABRAHAM ANCER (MEX) 55/1 – William Hill 9 Places Bet £5 EW

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 66/1 – Sky Bet 11 Places Bet £5 EW

SHANE LOWRY (IRE) 70/1 – Bet365 8 Places Bet £5 EW

MATT WALLACE (ENG) 125/1 – William Hill 9 Places Bet £5 EW

CHEZ REAVIE (USA) 100/1 – William Hill 9 Places Bet £5 EW

BILLY HORSHEL  (USA) 90/1 – William Hill 9 Places Bet £5 EW

DANNY WILLETT (ENG) 110/1 – Betfred 9 Places Bet £5EW 

TPC HARDING PARK GOLF IN SAN FRANCISCO

The Harding Park Course was substantially renovated in 2005 to better suit it for PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events. The restoration of Harding Park focused on maintaining the course’s integrity and unique characteristics while enhancing the original layout designed by world-renowned golf architects Willie Watson and Sam Whiting in 1925.

Set against the cypress tree-lined Lake Merced, the improved Harding Park Course layout features soft bunkers and graceful undulating fairways. An additional 400 yards was also added to the course to make it a championship-calibre golf facility ready for PGA TOUR action. The course also underwent a greens renovation in December 2013 re-opened in 2014. 

COURSE INFO FOR THIS WEEK

  • Par 70 down from a Par 72
  • Length 7,234 Yards
  • 7 Water Hazards
  • Fairways/Rough – Kentucky Bluegrass with Ryegrass
  • Greens – Tyee Bentgrass with Poa Annua

So in order to make this a stronger challenge as we know any PGA Championship should be.

  • Five tee boxes have been pushed back to give extra distance needed to carry from certain holes
  • Two Par 5’s have been made into Par 4’s – Holes 9th and 12th
  • This of course explains the Par 70 from a Par 72 this week

 

HOLES BROKEN DOWN – TEAM WALKING THE COURSE

1 – PAR 4 – 393 YARDS – Easy starting hole keep it left side with your tee shot should set up a great approach.

2 – PAR 4 – 466 YARDS – Long Par 4, a good miss is right

3 – PAR 3 – 185 YARDS – Slightly uphill not much to write home about all depends on the pin positions.

4 – PAR 5 – 607 YARDS – Tough Tee shot here with a narrow landing area but it you can get the ball moving right to left you will be giving yourself a great chance to hit this beauty in two.

5 – PAR 4 – 436 YARDS – The first real hole where both sides are tree lined so accuracy a must.

6 – PAR 4 – 472 YARDS – Another hole where a draw off the tee is a bonus.

7 – PAR4 – 340 YARDS – Birdie time – Good bunker game as most of these players have if they hit the front right bunker it’s a pretty straight forward up and down. The pot bunker on the left could be a different game. It will be between this hole and the 16th which will play the easiest this week.

8 – PAR3 – 251 YARDS – Sounds like a beast and it is 🙂 You can fly it all the way, or we have seen a few players play a links type tee shot here that has seen some good results.

9 – PAR4 – 515 YARDS – A very inviting tee shot just don’t miss it right.

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10 – PAR5 – 562 YARDS – Yet another hole favouring a Draw shot. Need to be keeping on the left side of the fairway for the easier approach. If you’re not making at least a birdie here you’re dropping shots on the field over the week, and that adds up.

11 – PAR3 – 200 YARDS – Pretty straight hole, we hit a few here for a bit of fun in practice probably looking anything from 8 to 6 iron for most of the field.

12 – PAR4 – 494 YARDS – Narrow landing area here off the tee. But again another hole which cries out for a drawer of the ball.

13 – PAR4 – 472 YARDS – The only hole where you will be better hitting a fade, right hand side of the fairway will set up the best approach.

14 – PAR4 – 470 YARDS – Straight forward par 4.

15 – PAR4 – 401 YARDS – Dog leg left yet another draw shot required, think I have to get a knock in around here sets up well for my high draw flight. 

16 – PAR4 – 336 YARDS – Like Mike said could be one of the easiest out there this week.

17 – PAR3 – 171 YARDS – Another really good chance for a birdie here.

18 – PAR4 – 463 YARDS – Surprise Surprise another dog leg right to left. This one depends on how brave you are and how much you are willing to take on. The shorter hitters yes it will have to be a longer iron in for their second.

 

“In a word a Drawers paradise”

PREVIOUS WINNERS AND RUNNERS UP

2010 Martin Kaymer 277 Bubba Watson 277
2011 Keegan Bradley 272 Jason Dufner 272
2012 Rory McIlroy 275 David Lynn 283
2013 Jason Dufner 270 Jim Furyk 272
2014 Rory McIlroy 268 Phil Mickelson 269
2015 Jason Day 268 Jordan Spieth 271
2016 Jimmy Walker 266 Jason Day 267
2017 Justin Thomas 276 Francesco Molinari 278
Louis Oosthuizen 278
Patrick Reed 278
2018 Brooks Koepka 264 Tiger Woods 266
2019 Brooks Koepka 272 Dustin Johnson 274

MIKE’ PICKS  

XANDER SCHAUFFELE (USA) 22/1

This boy is on fire and a banker of late whether it be a few quid bet or a top pick for your Draft Kings.

Since the restart he has managed:

  • 3rd  Charles Schwab
  • 20th Travellers
  • 14th Workday
  • 13th Memorial
  • 6th   St Jude

Pretty impressive results, stats that popped out for me were his greens in regulation 72.02% sitting fifth on the PGA Tour. Good driving distance will be an added bonus here with the extra length added to the course and an average of 304 yards is more than impressive.

Strokes gained off the tee will be very high this week as previous events here have shown, and with 45 measured rounds he sits in a very nice seventh please on the PGA Tour Stats.

With four PGA Tour victories, two of those being the Tour Championship and the WGC HSBC Champions he is not fazed competing against any of the top players in the world.

Does he win a Major? YES

Could it be this week? YES

Going for a win bet and an each way bet here just to cover, best price 22/1 William Hill 9 places.  

ABRAHAM ANCER (MEX) 55/1

Mexican born Abraham is a star in the making, we have followed a lot of his play in his early years on the Korn Ferry Tour back in 2014. He managed to get his first win in 2015 at the Nova Scotia beating none other than Bronson Burgoon.

He joined the PGA Tour in 2016 and has been so close to winning on many occasions, this season alone he has been a runner up twice at the American Express and then more recently at the RBC Heritage.     

In a good run of form of late, and ticks so many boxes for this week. Tee to green solid, overall SG inside the top fifteen the PGA Tour.

What a way it would be to break your duck and pick up a Major as your first PGA Tour.

The bookies at the price of 55/1 feel the same I feel. Going as with all my picks this week £5 EW     

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 66/1

I just feel that this week we could see Louis back picking up his second Major since The Open win in 2010.

Around here it is not going to be as brutal as previous PGA tracks, you will need to be able to play a variety number of links type shots, shape your irons well and if the wind decides to get up, he is one of the best in the game.

Coming off a great week last week shooting four rounds in the sixties to get it to nine under to finish in a tie for sixth place.

He is at a great price this week 66/1 across the board, best is Sky Bet paying 11 Places.    

SHANE LOWRY (IRE) 70/1

Shane the Open Champion 2019 and still celebrating and why not.

We know him well and knew he was something special during his amateur career, I still think he can’t believe how he won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 beating another good friend of the GBT team Robert Rock.  

He turned professional after that event, since then he has bagged five international wins across the world stage.

Since the return not really found much with regards his swing thoughts, finding his feet a bit but this is why I like this week to play him. We always catch up with him at the Masters and I always say we make me more money as a cash out on you after rounds one and two than anyone else.  J Meaning he never gets the job done but he proved us wrong at the Open last year so fair play top bloke.

So what is trending in the right direction needed this week?

  • GIR back to over 70.83%
  • Driving Accuracy up to 60.71%
  • Par 5 Birdie or better 54.08%
  • Par 4 Scoring Average 68.29

We are just all over the big man this week. Get him on your betting slips and have some fun watching this great event unfold.    

Same bet as with all tips this week £5EW. 70/1 BET365 8 Places   

MATT WALLACE (ENG) 125/1

Our first pick from the English boys goes to Matty Wallace.

Not his biggest fan and vice versa, but there we go anyway that a side he is a great pick for this week.

Always seems to find his game of late at the events that matter and on tougher courses. He played very well around the tougher setup at the Memorial Tournament which is not far off a major week.

Played ok last week but the team stayed watching him and was impressed with his final round and this guy is all about feel good and confidence play once he sniffs a good bit of form he can be dangerous. Something you might not know is that he has played at the PGA Championship only twice and managed a 19th place and only last year an amazing 3rd.

Good form good price best 125/1 – 9 Places  – William Hill       

CHEZ REAVIE (USA) 100/1

Not many players in a better run of form than this guy at the moment. Five straight cuts made two top twenty five’s and a top ten last week at the St Jude. Also with a great record at the PGA Championship his last three read 22/12/14.

Two time PGA Tour winner has his eye on a Major this year for sure, playing out of Scottsdale, Arizona he was licking his lips before he went out for a practice round this week, this course will be a perfect match for his skill set.

Going to have some longer shots in this week than some of the big boys but his long iron play looked solid on the range Monday.

Same bet here £5EW – 100/1 William Hill 9 Places        

BILLY HORSHEL  (USA) 90/1

Top 40 in the world player at 90/1 I think we are all over this.

Quick facts why he goes in for mike and the team:

  • 5 PGA TOUR VICTORIES
  • 6 Straight cuts made PGA Championship
  • Last three events played 17th 22nd 6th
  • Total Putting 13th PGA Tour
  • SG Scoring 20th PGA Tour

We have backed him a few times over the years and gets us something back, I feel where his game is at right now is somewhere especial. The numbers the team picked up from him on trackman and his overall ball striking was the best we saw when on the range.  

I would even go so far to say on paper he would be a NAP, if it were a horse race for example then he should be guaranteed a place return with him at worse.

Again another £5EW bet here with 90/1 William Hill paying 9 Places.  

DANNY WILLETT (ENG) 110/1

Our old mate and cheeky chappie “Danny Willett” going back to when GBT started and tipped Danny to win the Masters at 67/1, this started us on a great future of making “loads A money” betting on golf.

So the Masters champion will be so ready for this week, he just wanted to get out of the St Jude half way through the Sunday round and didn’t blame him with rounds of 74/74 to close at plus 7.

Different story this week he will like this set up and design, and in many ways has a lot of very similar holes to Augusta not design wise just the fact Augusta like here is mainly a right to left ball strikers course, and we know how he likes the Masters.

The best place this week is mainly going to be right off the tee to be able to try and gouge a shot somewhere on line to the green or maybe get there. His miss right percentage is 17% so I like that.

His putter was on when the team saw him out on practice buzzing for it as always.

If he comes out of the blocks early doors should see he push on through to the weekend and who knows.

Bet £5 EW 110/1 Bet Fred Paying 9 Places – On the BetFair Exch he was at 215/1

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