Here’s a look at some of the key golfers to watch for and their futures odds to win this week at Glen Oaks Golf Club in New York and the current betting lines at William Hill
Hideki Matsuyama (11.00): Matsuyama heads the field in this week’s event as the 25-year old Japanese phenom is one of the hottest and most consistent golfers on tour this year. Matsy has made the cut in all but one of his 16 events this year with six top-10 finishes and an impressive three victories under his belt, and most recently a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jordan Spieth (11.00): Much like Matsuyama, Spieth has been lights out this season with eight top 10’s and tied with three tour victories. Spieth won back to back weeks at the Travellers and the Open Championship, however failed to complete the career grand slam last time out at the PGA Championship where he finished T28. The world number three ranked player should be in the mix again come Sunday.
Dustin Johnson (13.00): World number one Dustin Johnson will be teeing it up on Thursday as he is in search for his third victory of the year and has been scuffling of late by his standards as he’s posted one top 10 finish in his last eight tournaments. Johnson is one of the most gifted players on tour and will look to get it going again this week at Glen Oaks.
Rory McIlroy (13.00): Rory has had a down year by all accounts and is still looking for his first win on the year. It appears firing his swing coach and caddy last month has paid off for the Irishman as he’s posted a two top fives and a T22 in his last three outings. Rory is a long hitter and has rediscovered his iron game. He has shown some inconsistencies in his wedge play but with the stakes being so high, don’t be shocked if the former world number one makes some noise this weekend.
Justin Thomas (21.00): This may finally be the year that Justin Thomas is ready to emerge as a continual pro in golf’s elite. Thomas earned his first major earlier this month with an impressive two stroke victory at the PGA Championship which also accounted for his third tour win of the season. He appears to be in perfect form and a strong showing in the upcoming weeks will certainly help the cause for the 24-year old standout from Kentucky.
Henrik Stenson (19.00): The Swede is ranked sixth in the world and is coming off his first win of the season with an impressive 22-under win at the Wyndham Championship last week. The 2013 FedEx Cup winner is rock solid with his iron play and is also lethal with his 3-wood off the tee. If he can keep the flat stick solid then he certainly has a shot to make some noise this weekend.
Here’s a look at a couple of the higher value golfers and their current betting lines to win this week at the Northern Trust at William Hill
Kevin Kisner (67.00): An extreme high value pick this week is Kisner coming in at 67-1 who has been solid this year and also had a 54-hole lead at the PGA Championship earlier this month. He’s made 17-19 cuts with six top 10 finishes and a win at the Dean & Deluca Championship earlier this year. If he can keep his confidence up and stay focused on his precision greens in regulations then there’s an outside shot of him being near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.
Ian Poulter (67.00): Poulter is a great value pick this week as the Englishman has really been in good form this season. Making 18 of 20 cuts this year has really boosted the confidence of Poulter who was in jeopardy of losing his player card not that long ago. Through his last four outings Poulter has finished no worse than a T22 and has sprinkled in a pair of top 10 finishes over that stretch.
Brian Harmon (81.00): Harmon has made the cut in 15 of 20 events this year however he’s shown the ability to show up when the stakes are highest. Harmon has played well in Majors this year and has a T2 at the US Open and a T13 at the PGA Championship a couple weeks ago. The 30 year old Georgia native is paying an eye popping number this week and is worth taking a flyer on.