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Six players you have backed off the boards for the US PGA Championship

by Josh Powell | August 7, 2013

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By Josh Powell | US PGA Championship 2013

The final Major of the year takes place in New York this week with the US PGA Championship rolling into the Oak Hill Country Club. There are still plenty of questions to be answered, can Tiger Woods win his 15th Major, will Lee Westwood ever hold his nerve and has Ian Poulter’s dress sense improved since last month?

The tournament tees off tomorrow and with Paddy Power spending his lunch hour on the driving range, we’ve gone through his book to see who punters have been backing this week. The traders are risking their Christmas bonus by paying out six places (yet again!) and these six players are the most backed by Paddy Power punters.

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CROUCHING TIGER: Woods is the favourite and punters haven’t been slow to support him

1. Tiger Woods 4/1 (favourite)

It’s about as surprising as the Pope enjoying mass. Punters have ploughed into Tiger to win his 15th Major title after his success in the Bridgestone Invitational last week. 20 per cent of the book is taken up with bets on Woods who has four US PGA Championships to his name already. The Oak Hill Country Club favourite hasn’t won a major since the US Open in 2008 but he’ll clean Paddy out if he comes out on top this week.

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SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING: Stenson comes into the tournament in flying form

2. Henrik Stenson 25/1

Stenson has racked up four top 10 finishes on the spin in the last two months and punters haven’t been shy in backing the Swede. Stenson posted his best Major finish in the British Open in July, finishing as the runner-up to Phil Mickelson after scoring 70 on his final round. The 37-year-old finished fourth and sixth in this tournament in 2008 and 2009 and with Paddy paying six places, could give each way punters a good run for their money.

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3. Adam Scott 18/1

Closely behind Stenson in the book is Australian Adam Scott. The 2013 Masters Champion finished third in the Open at Murfield and has four top ten finishes this season. Scotty was in contention at the Bridgestone Invitational last week before finishing 14th but his performance gave punters plenty of positives. He was 23rd when this event was played at Oak hill in 2003, and despite Australian sport crumbling in the Ashes, Scott could be the main man this week.

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4. Phil Mickelson 16/1

Second in the US Open and the British Open Champion. It shouldn’t come as a shock to Paddy or the traders that punters are piling into Lefty at 16/1. Mickelson has finished in the top three in five of his last eight tournaments and birdied the last four holes to give him a memorable final round of 66 when winning at Murfield. A winner of this tournament in 2005 and a top 10 finisher on seven other occasions, Mickelson would be a very popular champion with punters.

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5. Brandt Snedeker 30/1

Punters haven’t been put off by Snedeker’s need for daily injections to increase his bone mass, and the Canadian Open winner has been well backed at 30/1. The American has finished 17th or better in the three Majors this year and the Big Apple has been kind to him recently. Last year the Barclays tournament was held in New York and Snedeker finished second with a score of 277.

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6. Lee Westwood 33/1

He may be a serial bottler but he’s got a certain endearing charm, and Lee Westwood is the sixth most backed player in Paddy’s US PGA book. Punters have quickly forgotten how Westwood blew a two-shot lead going into the final round of the British Open and lumped on Westy to break his Major duck in New York. The Englishman has finished in the top 10 in two of his last three US PGA Championship appearances and will be bidding for another impressive result.

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