PGA Championship In-Play Betting Tips: DeChambeau to land second major

 | Sunday 19th May 2024, 11:20am

Sunday 19th May 2024, 11:20am

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Heading into the final round of the PGA Championship 2024, our golf expert Jamie Worsley has more PGA Championship in-play betting tips for you to consider.

Feeling disappointed by his original selections, Jamie's been tempted back into the outright market.

PGA Championship In-Play Betting Tips

  • 2pts Bryson DeChambeau each-way (1/4 - 3 places) @ 6/1

On one of the more chaotic and surreal major championship weeks I can remember, the 2024 PGA Championship looks set for an exciting finish at Valhalla Golf Club today.

PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes:

T1 – Xander Schauffele (-15)

T1 – Collin Morikawa (-15)

3rd – Sahith Theegala (-14)

T4 – Shane Lowry (-13)

T4 – Viktor Hovland (-13)

T4 – Bryson DeChambeau (-13)

T7 – Justin Rose (-12)

T7 – Robert MacIntyre (-12)

9th – Dean Burmester (-11)

The top two entering yesterday’s third round, Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, reassume those positions, with both sat atop the leaderboard tied on 15-under-par.

Xander – arguably the best current tour player without a major – has been in tremendous form this season, finding only an inspired Rory McIlroy too good in last week’s Wells Fargo Championship and has looked ready for his major breakthrough for a long time; recording six top 5s in these four premier events among numerous other top-10 performances.

In contrast, Collin Morikawa took absolutely no time establishing himself as a winner at this top tier, taking this very event on debut in 2020 and claiming an Open Championship the following year. He returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in almost two years in Japan at the end of 2023 and will be desperate to remind everyone of the phenomenon he looked in those early years of his pro career.

There are just five shots separating the top 15 players heading into today. Sahith Theegala comes next, a shot behind that leading duo on -14 and whilst looking every bit a future major winner, this will be a huge step up for him; possessing just the one prior major top 10 in eight starts, which came at Augusta in 2023.

The round of the day on Saturday came from Shane Lowry, with the Irishman putting lights out on his way to a bogey-free 62. This propelled him right into contention and he is one of three players who will start today two back of the leaders on -13, joined by seemingly ever-present major performer, Bryson DeChambeau, and Viktor Hovland – runner-up in this event last year and another chasing that major breakthrough - who has seen instant results after returning to his former coach.

Justin Rose played alongside Lowry yesterday and enjoyed a low one himself, firing 7-under to move to within three of the lead on -12. He’ll be playing with another Ryder Cup teammate today in Robert MacIntyre, which should suit both perfectly and could help the Scot achieve his best ever major finish, and first major top 10 outside of the UK.

Dean Burmester has performed commendably this week, sitting four back on -11, and is chasing a best major finish himself, having never finished inside the top 10. Whilst of the players five back on -10 we find two-time PGA Championship winner, Justin Thomas.

Having entered yesterday well in contention, people will perhaps be surprised not to find the names of Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka among those leading contenders but both endured a day to forget.

Looking unflappable in the mind-boggling circumstances of his second round, Scottie succumbed to a messy 2-over 73 in his follow-up round yesterday. Though it’s fair to suspect that the chaos of Friday finally took its toll on the world #1, he can’t have been helped by the absence of regular caddy, Ted Scott, who missed the third round to attend his daughter’s high school graduation.

Whilst those two golfing juggernauts won’t be in contention today, it should still be a fascinating final round, with an attractive mix of proven major winners and high-class performers chasing that breakthrough victory. Which should mean that this strange week culminates with an incredibly compelling end.

Bryson DeChambeau to win the PGA Championship @ 6/1

There may be some fog around again this morning, which could delay the start of play. Though once that has lifted, the rest of the day is sunny and warm, providing us with perfect conditions for the final round.

It would be an understatement to say that the outright selections haven’t gone well thus far, with only slim place chances remaining for Max Homa and Kurt Kitayama.

With that I’ve been tempted back into the outright market for the close of the tournament and am taking Bryson DeChambeau to become a two-time major winner this today.

On a big, wet course with thick rough, it will come as no surprise to find out that the 2020 US Open champion was high on the shortlist for this week. Sitting in 4th spot, just two behind the leaders with a round to go, he has shown just how much the course and conditions suit.

He hit the ball superbly in round one to open with a 3-under 68 and again hit it well in round two, but this time combining it with some quality on the greens, he fired seven birdies on his way to shooting 6-under. He made just one bogey in each of those rounds and repeated the feat yesterday, eagling the final hole to move to within two of the lead entering Sunday.

Gaining strokes across his entire game, he’s shown little weakness throughout the week and is clearly in a strong place to make a real push at winning today.

Whilst there are 15 players within five of the lead, the leading sextet is so full of quality that I can’t see the winner coming beyond those players. Having said that, there are reasons why I believe Bryson’s case is just a little more appealing than the rest.

The top two are obviously capable of winning this thing but as yet, Xander has been unable to get over the line and can occasionally underwhelm in final rounds. Morikawa is a two-time major winner and performed well at the previous one at Augusta, but there is still a niggling concern about the regression of his previously elite approach play this season, which could finally hurt him today.

Sahith Theegala is unfamiliar with this position and though he has looked solid tee-to-green so far, it’s the putter that has done most of the hard work. This is very much the same scenario with Shane Lowry, who will find it extremely difficult to replicate the 5+ strokes he gained on the greens yesterday.

That leaves us with Viktor Hovland and whilst he’s looked strong this week, it would not be the greatest surprise to see him take a step backwards today before he can continue to move forwards.

At the prices, Bryson – coming into this off the back of his best Masters performance in April, finishing 6th - appealed considerably more than any of the other main contenders and I’m hoping he can blast his way to the Wanamaker Trophy in Kentucky.

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