It’s the last Major of the year and Rory McIlroy has taken the ice off his ankle six weeks after thinking he was Lionel Messi in a knockabout with some mates.
The World No 1 is playing catch-up with man of the season Jordan Speith whose chasing his third Major this year – and Rory’s crown – after coming very close to winning the Open Championship.
Spieth heads the market but has missed the cut in the final Major for the past two years. Third times the charm?
Here are the six best-backed players in the book as of noon on Wednesday afternoon.
1. Henrik Stenson 28/1
A T6 has been as good as it’s been for the big Swede this season, but a 3rd and a T3 in the last two years give hope that a good run could be in store. A record of T19-T27-T40, on, the other hand, do not.
Missed the cut the last time the PGA made its way up the Straits, but after a disappointing term so far he has a point to prove.
2. Jay Day 14/1
Thank you @RBCCanadianOpen ! What an amazing week. Thanks 4 the great support. Feels great to be the champion of such a prestigious event.
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) July 27, 2015
Has really hit the heights this term despite his Vertigo collapse at Champers Bay getting the Fox network all jiggy. Day followed up his Farmers Insurance win with some Canadian Open booty and His record in Majors this year reads T28-T9-T4. Finished T10 behind Martin Kaymer the last time the season’s final Major pitched up at Whistling Straits.
3. Rickie Fowler 20/1
The former clothes horse has added some real steel to his game this year with ballsy wins at The Players Championship at Sawgrass and the Scottish Open at Gullane – but still craves that illusive first Major.
Missed the cut at Chambers Bay and having to hang around for Nick Faldo in the opening day pairings seriously cramped his style at the Open Championship but T12 at the Masters is more reflective of his talents.
Was a top four finisher in all the Majors last year but was down the pack (T58) here in 2010 when he was only a chap.
4. Justin Rose 20/1
T6-T4-T3. Not bad for the three tournaments leading up to the year’s final major. His US PGA Championship record isn’t the strongest finishing T33 in 2013 and T24 last year but the Englishman feels he is “trending well” ahead of Thursday’s tee off.
Missed the cut in both 2004 and 2010 when last held in Whistling Straits, but his recent form makes him a strong contender for the Wanamaker Trophy.
5. Shane Lowry 50/1
Wow! Can’t put into words how I’m feeling now. Thanks to everyone for their support. #winnerwinner
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) August 9, 2015
Confidence will be sky high after bagging a $1.5m booty when winning last week’s Bridgestone Invitational win. Lowry nowe looks to join Rory Mc, Padraig Harrington, G Mac and Darren Clarke as Ireland’s next Major winner.
Jumped to World No 19 after losing his PGA Tour virginity and looks well placed to build on his T56-T9-T81 Majors record come the business end of the final Major of the season.
6. Bubba Watson 14/1
Bubba, Bubba, Bubba. T38 at the Masters, missed the cut at the US Open and missed the cut at the Open Championship. Bounced back to win the Travelers Champ and finished second at the Canadian Open and chased Lowry all the way up the stretch at Bridgestone.
Lost out in a play-off to Martin Kaymer at this track in 2010 but recent US PGA Championship form figures read MC in 2013 and T64 in 2014. A firm favourite with punters to add to his two Masters’ successes this week.