The final major of the season is upon us and we head to Bellerive Country Club for the 2018 running of the USPGA Championships, will Dustin Johnson continue his fine form and claim his second major or can Tiger Woods after his impressive showing in the British Open take it to the next level and claim another major??. Continue reading for our USPGA Championship 2018 Preview and Tips.
Golf - USPGA Championship 2018 Tips
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USPGA Championship 2018 - Preview
With the Ryder Cup fast approaching in September there are huge points up for grabs this week and all the players in contention will be hoping for a good showing this week.
We have seen three different winners of the first three majors this season with two first time major winners in Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari, will we see another first time major winner or will it be one of the old guard that take the spoils?
Justin Thomas won this last year and he comes into this in top form after winning the Bridgestone Invitational last week in convincing fashion.
With so many of the best players in the world at the top of their game coming into this event I would hazard a guess that it will be one of the past major winners that come out on top at Bellerive Country Club, below are the current favourites for the event.
Dustin Johnson - 10.0
PGA Form - Number one in the world and ranked number one in the FedEx rankings for 2018 Dustin will be hard to beat this week, he comes into this off the back of a third place finish last week after winning the Canadian Open the week before.
Four top three finishes from his last five tournaments including two wins shows he is in career best form and he should take all the beating this week if he gets off to a good start.
Rory Mcllroy - 12.0
PGA Form - Tied 6th last week after struggling in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational after being tied second after round three but his second place in the Open Championships along with last weeks efforts up until his last round suggests Rory is not far from his best.
Three top tens from his last three PGA events suggests he is coming back to his best, solid with the driver as always and if he can get his putter going then he will be there or there about's come Sunday.
Justin Thomas - 15.0
PGA Form - Comes into this off the back of a win at last weeks Bridgestone Invitational holding off some of the best players in the world in the final round but his form previous to that was a little sketchy.
He is already a major winner winning last years PGA Championship so we know he can hold it together when the pressure is on, if he carries his form over from last week he will be hard to beat.
Ricky Fowler - 17.0
PGA Form - Not his best season on tour but he has still managed two second place finishes and four top tens on the PGA Tour this season.
His major record speaks for itself with eight top five finishes to his name and while he is yet to win one he certainly has the talent and the temperament to go all the way.
Jordan Spieth - 17.0
PGA Form - A poor season by Jordan's standards this year with only two top three finishes on tour and five top 10's, very poor last week finishing +5 and down in 60th place at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Already a three time major winner and eight top five finishes in majors in his short career, needs to find a little on previous form but never count him out.
Justin Rose - 21.0
PGA Form - A win, a second and two other top ten finishes in his last four PGA starts says all, the Englishman is in career best form and is pushing Dustin for the world number one spot.
Did not play last week so will come into this fresh, already a major winner with 8 top 5's and 14 top ten finishes in the majors, he will be at the front of the pack come Sunday no doubt once again.
All four favourites come here with solid form and credentials with Spieth, Mcllroy and Johnson having shown they can handle Augusta.
Jason Day - 21.0
PGA Form - After his injury woes Jason has started to show the form that got him to the world number one ranking, two wins this season on the PGA tour and a second place suggests he is somewhere near his best once again.
A poor final round last week in the Bridgestone Invitational saw him finish tied for 10th place but he had many chances with the putter during the week and if he can convert his chances this week he will be right in the mix.
Now lets look for some value, a few from The USPGA and a few players from the European tour come into this after having solid seasons with the best options listed below.
Francesco Molinari - 26.0
Won his first major title the other week when taking the Open Championship, he is in career best for winning four times and placing second twice in the last three months and will be hard to beat if on song.
Tommy Fleetwood - 23.0
Five top 10's on the PGA tour this year along with a win and a second place on the European tour this year, his second place at the US Open showed he has it in him to win a major and this may well be his time to shine.
Ian Poulter - 81.0
Very consistent this year after having all sorts of injury worries for 18 months but he's back to his best and has won on the PGA tour this season and has four top 10's to his name.
Solid last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, lead after the first two rounds and was tied second after round 3, fell away on the final day to finish 10th but he has shown enough in recent weeks to suggest he can finish handy here.
Thorbjørn Olesen - 81.0
Comes into this off the back of a third place finish last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, solid for all season both on the PGA and the European Tour, always consistent and may challenge if things go his way.
Patrick Cantlay - 51.0
A win and six top 10's on the PGA tour this season, a solid six place finish last week suggest he is primed for this one, has shown so much promise this season, he will break through for a big win sooner rather than later.
Kyle Stanley - 101.0
A promising second place finish last week at the Bridgestone Invitational to back up his second place at the Memorial Tournament in June,.
2018 USPGA Championship Golf Tips
Ian Poulter - 81.0 - Win Top 5,Top 10
Always puts his best foot forward and his form in recent weeks is solid, has it in him to win a major if all things fall right for him, good odds for e.w bets
Justin Rose - 21.0 - Win, Top 5 - BEST BET
If he plays the way he has all season then the odds are higher than they should be, has won a major and should win another before too long, might just be this week.