US PGA Championship: Jordan Spieth aims for third Major of 2015 on home soil
No doubt at all, the breakthrough golfer of 2015 has been America’s 22-year-old Jordan Spieth. Having blitzed the US Masters at Augusta, which he followed up with win of a different sort at Chambers Bay in the US Open, where he showed resilience in tough Links conditions.
Although he left it late on the final day at St Andrews to make a move in The Open, he was still able to achieve a respectable joint-fourth finish.
Spieth is rightfully so the 7/1 favourite with Coral to win the final Major of the year at Whistling Straits, where he could be challenged by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy who was deemed fit to play after injuring his ankle playing football with friends, which resulted in him missing The Open.
World number one, McIlroy is 10/1 to retain his US PGA crown and it could well go down to a final day dogfight between the two golfers.
Spieth, meanwhile, has declared his excitement at the 26-year-old being back in the frame. “It’s going to be great,” said the Texan. “I’m very, very happy that he is back, everybody is. He certainly takes the interest in the game to a different level.
“It will be cool to battle it out with him hopefully for the No 1 spot if it comes down to Sunday. I am certainly ready to be in that position and hopefully we can do so.”
One to watch could well be South African Louis Oosthuizen who, after finishing runner-up to Zach Johnson in a play-off in Scotland, has achieved two second place finishes in a row this year, following his exploits at Chambers Bay. His odds for an outright top six finish are very handsome indeed at 35/1 with Coral paying out six ways.
English hope Justin Rose will also be in contention after consistent performances this year, having tied for second at Augusta and is 18/1 for an outright top six finish, while home hopes Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are both available at a 50/1 price.