PGA Championship In-Play Betting Tips: Rory stars in our day 2 treble

 | Friday 17th May 2024, 10:11am

Friday 17th May 2024, 10:11am

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The PGA Championship is well underway and a record-breaking opening round from Xander Schauffele meant the rest of the field is playing catch up. We've asked Jamie Worsley to look at the Day 2 match-ups and hes picked out a treble of three-balls he likes the look of which pays over 5/1.

Here are today's PGA Championship in-play betting tips...

PGA In-Play Betting Tips

  • 2 pts Rory McIlroy, Byeong Hun An & Sepp Straka all to win their three-balls – Treble @ 5.52/1 

Records were broken as Xander Schauffele surged into a three-shot lead in the opening round of the 2024 PGA Championship, at a receptive Valhalla Golf Club.

Following his final day disappointments in last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Schauffele showed no signs of fragility with a sensational bogey-free round of 62 to open up his week in Kentucky. It was the lowest round in PGA Championship history and equalled the lowest round by anybody at a major – a record he also equalled in the first round of last year’s US Open at L.A Country Club.

Whilst the course played easy – for a major championship – yesterday, nobody was able to get close to Xander’s brilliant start at 9-under-par, with the trio of Tony Finau, Sahith Theegala and Mark Hubbard three shots back on -6. This leading margin is the joint-highest in the PGA Championship after round one and sets Schauffele up brilliantly for another real crack at a major breakthrough this week.

There has been much criticism of the mundaneness of the Vallhalla challenge but there can be no denying that it is a setup that allows the biggest stars to flourish; with Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland and Cameron Smith all sat inside the top 20 after round one.

We also saw positive openings from major champions: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick and Shane Lowry, whilst after a dreadful start – shooting +4 for his opening six holes and sitting outside the top 120 – Jon Rahm battled back admirably to finish the day at 1-under-par.

Among the few true disappointments on Thursday were the 2-over 74s of Joaquin Niemann and Sungjae Im; after fighting bravely for much of the day, Tiger Woods bogeyed his final two holes to slip to 85th position at +1; and though getting a couple of shots back on the back nine, Ludvig Aberg also sits at +1 and like the rest, will need a low one today if he is to make the weekend.

SELECTIONS

More rain has fallen overnight in the area, which means the course will continue to play soft today; by and large suiting those big-hitting long iron stripers.

Players may have to show a good deal of patience in the second round, with thunderstorms forecast throughout the afternoon and stoppages likely. With those course conditions in mind, I have a trio of three-ball selections that make up to form a tasty treble for today’s play.

Rory McIlroy to beat Dustin Johnson & Justin Rose

I’m going to start with Rory McIlroy, who beat his playing partners, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, by a respective seven and four strokes yesterday, and can assert his dominance again in round two.

Rory started strongly yesterday, going -2 thru his first four holes. Though stumbling at the end of his front nine, finishing 5-5 on 17 and 18, he got it going again on his back nine, making three birdies on the spin from 5-7 to finish the day at -5, four shots behind Schauffele.

Highly unusual for the Northern Irishman, it was his driver which hindered him making further progress, as he ranked 114th of the 156 players in the field off-the-tee in round one.

The rest of his game looked as strong as it did at Quail Hollow last week, compensating for his shortcoming with driver and if he gets that biggest weapon firing today, he should have far too much in his locker for DJ and Rose; both of whom came into this week in poor form and relied on the short game to shoot any kind of score on Thursday.

Byeong Hun An to beat Eric Cole & Alexander Bjork

Byeong An’s recent form had many fancying him to make a strong push for a major this week at this very suitable setup. Though a little slow to get going yesterday, there was enough in his performance and that of his playing partners to suggest he can pull away from them today.

Each of the three players in this group fired a level-par 71 but in much contrasting fashions. An drove the ball typically well and was solid enough with the short game but failed to get his irons firing early on, as he went +2 thru his first six. However, he picked his approach play up a touch and avoided making anymore bogeys for the rest of his round, gaining two birdies.

Cole and Bjork both entered this week with far inferior form than the Korean and whilst shooting the same score, this inferiority showed in their ball-striking. Cole ranked 140th of 156 players in ball-striking and heavily relied on his short game, displaying a short and inaccurate driving performance that will inevitably get found out at this course. Bjork found a few more fairways and was a little more solid in approach than Cole, though with his poor display around-the-greens he ranked 123rd in the field tee-to-green.

Byeong An rarely follows one poor approach round with another and with him in far better form than his two playing partners, and much more suited to this course, I expect him to have the beating of them today.

Sepp Straka to beat Nick Taylor & Takumi Kanaya

Finally, Sepp Straka is another player who I’m expecting to make good of recent form today, getting the better of his two playing partners in the process.

Despite struggling a little with the driver in round one – an area in which he ranks inside the top 15 players in this field over the last three months – he still won his three-ball, shooting a level-par 71 to beat Nick Taylor by one stroke and Takumi Kanaya by four.

Straka was looking at a potentially unassailably poor start yesterday, sat 3-over thru 11 holes but made three birdies over his final seven to finish the day at level par. He ranked a solid top 40 in approach and though his ranking of 141st off-the-tee looks poor, two of those strokes he lost came as a result of finding the water on the 15th; looking generally solid with driver throughout the rest of his round.

Both Taylor and Kanaya ranked outside the top 140 in approach and top 130 in ball-striking, on a course which did look as though it would be too long and wet for the pair of them beforehand.

With three top 20s and two top 10s on the spin in recent weeks, as well as three top 20s and two top 10s across his last four major appearances, Straka has comfortably the stronger profile of this threesome and finding his best form towards the end of yesterday’s round, I’m expecting him to showcase this today.

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