2016 PGA Championship Tips and Preview

Baltusrol PGA Championship 2016

It's the 96th PGA Championship and Europe lead 2-1 against USA in the major championships so far this year. Baltusrol hosts this years tournament, it is a par 70 measuring 7,428 yards which is huge considering we don't see the first par 5 until the 17th hole.

Baltusrol is a course that doesn't give up birdies easily, Phil Mickelson won here back in 2005 with a score of -4. This course has hardly changed since then with only upgrade work being done on the bunkers.

In my opinion it suits a right handed player who hits a natural draw or a left handed golfer who's natural shot is a fade. For those who don't know what that means, it's basically a right to left ball flight. With quite a large number of dog legs to the left I definitely think a golfer that has a right to left ball flight has an advantage.

The PGA Championship is often regarded as the least prestigious major of the season but this is a very popular golf course and it has attracted an extremely strong field.

Here are the betting odds which are correct as of Wednesday 27th July 2016.

PGA Championship 2016 betting odds

Dustin Johnson leads the betting and that's probably a wise move from bookmakers. We'll speak more about him further down.

Rory, Day, Spieth and Stenson are next in the market and as always they'll be strong fancies amongst punters.

Garcia, Fowler and Patrick Reed are golfers who are searching for their first major wins and will be popular each way bets.

Below are SpankTheBookies' PGA Championship tips.

Dustin Johnson

The market leader is Dustin Johnson and it's no surprise at all to me. Dustin Johnson hits the ball a mile and his natural shot is a soft draw, this is a massive advantage on this course in my opinion. Johnson has recorded four top 10 finishes in the last 7 years in this competition and I think we'll get a real good run for our money here. Dustin Johnson is arguably the most consistent golfer on tour at the moment. He's played 17 tournaments so far this season and has made every single cut. He's finished outside the top 20 only twice in those 17 tournaments. He's a solid favourite and I wouldn't put you off backing him here at a course that should suit.

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson is another golfer who has been extremely consistent so far this season. He's played 13 events and has made the cut in all of them. Bubba Watson is a left handed golfer who hits a natural fade off the tee and is probably one of the longest hitters on the tour. I really like Watsons chances here if he can control his ball off the tee. He was runner up in this tournament 6 years ago and I feel his game is perfect for Baltusrol. When Bubba is hot he is absolutely genius and at 40/1 I feel he is very good value considering Bet365 are paying out on the top six places.

JB Holmes

Another guy who is a huge hitter - JB Holmes. He can solidify his Ryder Cup spot with a good performance here, although I don't see him winning here I think he can give us a run for our money at 60/1. Only two golfers have finished in the top 4 at two majors so far this season, JB Holmes and Dustin Johnson. Holmes comes into this tournament on the back of a strong performance in The Open Championship where he put together four strong rounds to finish third. Holmes can work the ball from left to right and his distance off the tee is a big advantage.


Although 'Sneds' isn't as long off the tee as our other three fancied golfers, he hits a natural draw and he has a good record in this competition. 13th and 12th in the previous two years combined with some solid stats in events this season give him a strong chance here in my opinion. After missing a few cuts back in May he's really got his act together recently. Snedeker finished 5th in Canada last weekend and had an excellent weekend in The Open Championship. He's coming into this competition in great form and I like his chances.