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PGA Championship prop bets
By: Steve Bennett - StatFox
Published: 8/8/2013  at  12:01:00 AM
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PGA Championship Prop Bets

Tees Off: Thursday, August 8
Oak Hill Country Club – Rochester, NY

The final major of the year tees off Thursday in Western New York, the first time in a decade Oak Hill has hosted the PGA Championship. Here are our favorite prop bets for the week…

Prop Bets

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Tiger Woods finishing position: OVER 7.5 (+110):
Woods is rightfully a heavy favorite this week, but he’s also failed to record a top-10 in each of his past three PGA Championships (including a missed cut in 2011) and in five of his past eight majors overall. Then consider that the last time Oak Hill hosted the tournament, it produced one of the most unlikely leaderboards in major history, with Shaun Micheel edging Chad Campbell for his only career win on Tour. Woods was a non-factor, finishing T39 despite entering the week coming off three consecutive top four finishes, and nothing lower than 20th to that point in the season. Considering the over pays out more, it’s a solid bet.

Phil Mickelson finishing position: UNDER 18.5 (-120):
Lefty will once again be a crowd favorite in New York state, and he’s coming off a win at the British and a runner-up at the U.S. Open in his past two majors. He finished a respectable T23 when the PGA was held at Oak Hill, in 2003, and with top-3s in four of his past seven starts, he’s playing well enough to contend again this week.

Adam Scott finishing position: UNDER 17.5 (-120):
Scott has been a rock for prop bets in majors, as he’s recorded four top-3s, six top-10s, and eight top-15s over his past 11 majors. He’s coming off a solid week at Firestone, finishing T14, and should be in line to make it eight top-15 finishes in his past nine majors.

Brandt Snedeker finishing position: UNDER 23.5 (-115):
Even while battling injuries, Snedeker has gone top-20 in all three majors this year, and in five of seven starts in majors dating back to last year. When his putter is going good, he’s as much of a threat to win a tournament as anyone outside of Woods and Mickelson. And Snedeker’s putter has been working of late, as he’s gone top-20 in four of his past five starts, including a win at the RBC Canadian two weeks ago.

Will Rory McIlroy make the cut? NO (+220):
McIlroy’s the defending champion. He’s also been a mess all season, missing the cut in three of his past six starts worldwide, and failing to record a top-25 in that span, dating back to the second week in May. The last time he was defending a major title, at last year’s U.S. Open, he missed the cut by two strokes. There’s much better than a 30% chance that he misses the cut this week.

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