Betting: PGA Championship Preview
Pamela Maldonado gives her top picks to win the 2023 PGA Championship.
PAM MALDONADO: What's going on Yahoo Sportsbook? Pam Maldonado taking a look at this week's second PGA major there, the PGA Championship. Played at Oak Hill Country Club, a par 70, over 7,300 yards. The course has narrow fairways, with slim landing spots, deep-walled bunkers, small bent grass greens.
The player profile that I am targeting is the all-around player. Someone who is solid off the tee, has great iron play, can work his way up and down the green, sand play just in case, and bent grass putting history. You've either got to be a bomber who can drive it past some of these mid-fairway traps or be a precision hitter.
That being said, there's two players that I love to win at the PGA Championship, starting first with Tyrrell Hatton plus 150 for a top 20, 35-to-1 for an outright. I've been high on Hatton to win all season long. And I am claiming that this week is his time. Top 20 in the field for ball striking, Hatton has three straight top 20 finishes, back-to-back top fives. After losing strokes in three straight tournaments around the green and putting, Hatton has now gained strokes in three straight tournaments.
Having a solid short game can really come into play in such a strong field event on a difficult course. The question is, can Hatton contend in some of these strong fields? Absolutely, he did take T-11 in the Open Championship, and runner-up in the PLAYERS Championship. It is Hatton's time. He has some really good momentum, gaining strokes in every category in back-to-back events entering this week.
The second player, Xander Schauffele -125 for a top 20, 16-to-1 for an outright. There's just not much that Xander can do wrong at the moment. He is playing some consistent golf. After losing strokes off the tee in three straight tournaments back in March, Xander has corrected that part of his game, gaining strokes in three straight. Leading to six straight top 20 finishes, five of which are in the top 10, three straight top fives, including runner-up last week in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Xander has come close in previous majors, second in the 2019 Masters, second in the 2018 Open. Entering this week fixing the area that he needed to correct which is off the tee, Xander can absolutely contend. Neither Hatton or Schauffele have previously won a major, and while the course is entirely different, the last two PGAs played at Oak Hill have been won by first-time major winners. My top two picks to win the PGA Championship this week, Tyrrell Hatton and Xander Schauffele.
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