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Hello, friends and degenerates! If you feel a little funny this morning, it’s OK. I do, too. It’s that strange, surreal feeling that something terrible is on the horizon. Your brain is struggling to process the impending doom because, well, the present is so glorious. It’s hard to imagine the horrible fate (winter) that is on our doorstep.

As you know, it’s PGA Championship week — the penultimate time the event will be the final major of the season — and the last chance to make some major money betting on golf.

Sure, there are more tournaments to be played, but as we all know that four times a year the favorites are a little less lucrative and the dark horses can pay off mortgages.

Below I’ve taken precious time out of my whirlwind schedule to give you my can’t-miss, sure-fire, mortal locks for the PGA Championship. So — get your pencil’s ready, kiddos — I’m only going to say this once:

PGA Championship
Quail Hollow-PGA Championship – Charlotte, North Carolina
August 10 – 13, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Jordan Spieth 8/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 12/1
Jason Day 25/1
Rickie Fowler 15/1
Hideki Matsuyama 12/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Brooks Koepka 25/1
Justin Rose 35/1
Henrik Stenson 35/1
Sergio Garcia 35/1
Adam Scott 35/1
Justin Thomas 35/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Tommy Fleetwood 50/1
Paul Casey 35/1
Alex Noren 60/1
Branden Grace 60/1
Thomas Pieters 40/1
Patrick Reed 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
Marc Leishman 60/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 100/1
Bubba Watson 80/1
Daniel Berger 50/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Jason Dufner 80/1
Jimmy Walker 100/1
Lee Westwood 125/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Brian Harman 125/1
Shane Lowry 150/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Tyrrell Hatton 200/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 150/1
Tony Finau 80/1
Charley Hoffman 40/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Ryan Moore 200/1
Si Woo Kim 200/1
Keegan Bradley 125/1
Patrick Cantlay 150/1
Haotong Li 200/1
Xander Schauffele 100/1
Bryson DeChambeau 200/1
Byeong Hun An 250/1
Chris Wood 250/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Emiliano Grillo 200/1
Jim Furyk 200/1
Steve Stricker 150/1
David Lingmerth 200/1
Gary Woodland 100/1
Webb Simpson 125/1
Adam Hadwin 150/1
Andy Sullivan 200/1
Ross Fisher 150/1
Bernd Wiesberger 150/1
Kyle Stanley 150/1
Pat Perez 250/1
Jamie Lovemark 150/1
Billy Horschel 200/1
Russell Knox 150/1
Brendan Steele 100/1
Wesley Bryan 250/1
Danny Lee 200/1
Peter Uihlein 200/1
Patrick Rodgers 200/1
Cameron Smith 250/1
Graeme McDowell 250/1
Padraig Harrington 250/1
William McGirt 250/1
Kevin Na 200/1
Hideto Tanihara 300/1
Daniel Summerhays 250/1
Charles Howell III 200/1
Sung Kang 300/1
Hudson Swafford 200/1
Bud Cauley 250/1
Lucas Glover 150/1
Sean O’Hair 200/1
Martin Laird 250/1
Danny Willett 500/1
James Hahn 200/1
Robert Streb 250/1
Anirban Lahiri 300/1
Jonas Blixt 300/1
Luke List 250/1
Andrew Johnston 250/1
Soren Kjeldsen 250/1
Mackenzie Hughes 500/1
Cody Gribble 500/1
Kelly Kraft 500/1
Scott Brown 300/1
Chez Reavie 200/1
Rod Pampling 1000/1
D.A. Points 1000/1
Davis Love III 500/1
Vijay Singh 500/1
Y.E. Yang 1000/1
Matt Dobyns 2500/1
John Daly 1000/1
Rich Beem 2500/1
Shaun Micheel 2500/1
Stuart Deane 2500/1
Rod Perry 2500/1
Rich Berberian, Jr 2500/1
Omar Uresti 2500/1
Paul Claxton 2500/1
David Muttitt 2500/1
Adam Rainaud 2500/1
Jamie Broce 2500/1
Dave McNabb 2500/1
Mike Small 2500/1
Jaysen Hansen 2500/1
Chris Moody 2500/1
J.J. Wood 2500/1
Alex Beach 2500/1
Scott Hebert 2500/1
Brian Smock 2000/1
Kenny Pigman 2500/1
Greg Gregory 2500/1
Ryan Vermeer 2500/1
Grayson Murray 250/1
Jhonattan Vegas 150/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Alexander Levy 250/1
Ryan Fox 250/1
Jordan Smith 250/1
Jason Kokrak 250/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 250/1
Graham DeLaet 250/1
Dylan Frittelli 300/1
Ernie Els 300/1
Pablo Larrazabal 500/1
Jeunghun Wang 500/1
Joost Luiten 300/1
Brandon Stone 500/1
Thongchai Jaidee 500/1
Richar Sterne 500/1
Scott Hend 250/1
Younghan Song 500/1
Kyung-Tae Kim 500/1
Satoshi Kodaira 500/1
Yuta Ikeda 500/1
Fabrizio Zanotti 500/1
Jim Herman 500/1
Thomas Bjorn 500/1
Chris Stroud 300/1
Chris Kirk 300/1

Mortal Locks: 

Rory McIlroy — It’s a small sample size, but with one tournament under his belt with Harry Diamond on the bag, Rory McIlroy looks pretty good. I know, I know — that really doesn’t have much to do with anything — but his recent form since getting that, uh, pep talk from ex-looper J.P. Fitzgerald at the turn on Thursday of the Open Championship does. McIlroy has looked more like the former World No. 1 he is than the mid-pack hack he had been playing like. This week, McIlroy looks to add PGA Championship No. 3 to his titles in 2012 and 2014 at the same course he picked up his first PGA Tour win at.  At 7/1, he’s the favorite — but I’d rather be right than rich.

Hideki Matsuyama — It’s hard to argue with his form coming in or the overall talent that Hideki Matsuyama possesses. He’s not just a great Japanese golfer, he’s just a great golfer. And while he looks to become the first major champion to hail from that country, if he does so, he’ll just be the next in a long line of fantastic young players to etch their name on a major trophy. The last time he teed it up in competition he shot a blistering 61 to tie the course record at Firestone Country Club and steal a victory from Charley Hoffman and Zach Johnson. At 12/1, the secret is definitely out — but you’d hate to miss out his Matsuyama can capitalize on some great juju this week at Quail Hollow.

Brooks Koepka — Brooks Koekpa got the major monkey off his back at the U.S. Open and, unlike most young players who win a big one early on, has kept on trucking. While he’s only played twice since winning at Erin Hills, he’s posted a T-17 at the WGC-Bridgestone and an impressive T-6 at the Open Championship. With the talent he has and momentum he’s carrying, it’d be little to know surprise if he hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday. At 25/1, he’s probably the best bet for someone looking for a decent return on a safe investment.

Bang for Your Buck:

Charley Hoffman — This is probably my favorite pick on the board this week and there’s absolutely no reason on Earth that it shouldn’t be yours. In his last two starts, Charley Hoffman has finished solo second and third. He’s picked up career-best finishes in the U.S. Open and Open Championship and comes into the week at 40/1. If you’re not betting the farm, you’re not giving yourself a shot. Hoffman is as sure a bet as any 40/1 bet has ever been.

Tony Finau — Very quietly, Tony Finau has continued to put up great numbers and consistent finishes. Since missing back to back cuts at the PLAYERS Championship and Zurich Classic, Finau has finished no worse than 40th. Finau’s quality performances over the last three months has also put him at or near the top of all the important scoring categories, suggesting something big is on the horizon. At 80/1, even a $5 bet will pay big dividends.

Fun Under $5

Patrick Cantlay — Yes, I realize that Patrick Cantlay is making his debut in this tournament and yes, I understand that he hasn’t teed it up in competition for a while — but the kid is too good to overlook and, would truly be a Cinderella story. At 150/1 , why not throw a buck or two on the young stud in hopes of coming out on the right side of history?

John Daly — At 1000/1, if I want to put a buck on all my hopes and dreams to try and win a grand on John Daly, you can’t stop me — even if it’s more likely that Karen Gillan and Anna Kendrick both accept my dinner invitations. In the words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” Well, in this case maybe.

There you have it, friends and degenerates — for the final time in a major until next April — your can’t-miss, no-doubt, mortal lock picks for the PGA Championship.

Only time will tell if the old crystal brain has finally cleared up, but it’s been a long time coming. It might to time to stop chasing skirts and start digging into the bowels of PGATour.com for a little study sesh if this week goes poorly.

That said, I’m not giving up my plane tickets just yet…

Until next time, go and choose wisely….

-Golfstradamus

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