PGA Championship Special Bets 2021 - Three-Balls, Top-10s And Best European

The GM Tipster has some special bets for you ahead of the first round of the 103rd PGA Championship...

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The GM Tipster has some special bets for you ahead of the first round of the 103rd PGA Championship...

PGA Championship Special Bets 2021 - Three-Balls, Top-10s And Best European

Three-ball punters usually focus on the marquee first-round games but those are often best left alone and filed under “too difficult”.

Even so, the lure of supporting Rory McIlroy in the opening round of the PGA Championship at 13/10 is just about worth the risk.

He goes out against fellow ex-PGA champions Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka, a match-up which will surely draw a sizeable percentage of the restricted-to-10,000 spectators.

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The Northern Irishman’s most recent form, a hard-fought victory at Quail Hollow, compares favourably with that of his playing partners.

Rory also loves the Ocean course, the site of his most emphatic Major triumph nine years ago, whereas it is Thomas’s first visit and Koepka’s missed cut last week suggests he is still short of peak after an interrupted preparation.

1pt to win his three-ball at 13/10 at Bet365
Rory McIlroy 1pt to win his three-ball at 13/10 at Bet365
The tournament favourite plays with an injured Brooks Koepka and Kiawah Island debutant Justin Thomas.

The 8/5 about Charl Schwartzel in his game with Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley is also of interest following his third place at the weekend.

His companions are past PGA champions so it’s no walk-over but Kaymer flopped at The Belfry, not for the first time. It looks a two-horse race.

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Bradley was top American the first time the PGA was played at Kiawah and had one hand on the Valspar trophy a couple of weeks ago but faded alarmingly.

He will be tough but the South African, himself a Major champion, has got his mojo back after a torrid couple of years, his last three outings firmly suggesting there’s more to come.

1pt to win his three-ball at 8/5 with Bet365
Charl Schwartzel 1pt to win his three-ball at 8/5 with Bet365
The South African has his mojo back and looks tempting at these odds, although Keegan Bradley may be a tough opponent.

The other star match involving Bryson DeChambeau, reigning champ Collin Morikawa and Masters hero Hideki Matsuyama is too tricky, one to watch rather than bet on.

I would rather back Marc Leishman at 6/4 to beat Paul Casey and young Garrick Higgo.

1 pt to win his three-ball at 6/4 with Bet365
Marc Leishman 1 pt to win his three-ball at 6/4 with Bet365
The big Aussie is trending upwards after a poor start to the year.

The big Aussie is trending upwards after a poor start to the year whereas Casey has dipped from his cracking early-year form and Higgo, fabulous in the Canaries, will find this another level entirely.

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In other markets, there is money to be made from serial loser Tony Finau by backing him at 7/2 for a Top-Ten finish. Top tens are something he’s an expert at. It’s the W he can’t handle.

2pts at 7/2 for a top-ten finish with Bet365
Tony Finau 2pts at 7/2 for a top-ten finish with Bet365
He might not win enough, but boy does he rack up the top-10s.

On Top Continental European, try a bit each-way on classy Dundee-based Frenchman Victor Perez at 20/1.

He is not the most consistent but when he’s good, he’s very good and there are question marks against the three market leaders.

1pt each way at 20/1 for top Continental European with Bet365
Victor Perez 1pt each way at 20/1 for top Continental European with Bet365
He is not the most consistent but when he’s good, he’s very good and there are question marks against the three market leaders.

New dad Jon Rahm has struggled on his two latest outings, Viktor Hovland’s short game is his weak link and tip-top scrambling will be required, and Sergio Garcia’s PGA record is abysmal.

Not only has Sergio missed the last five PGA cuts, he also failed to make the weekend at Kiawah the first time, when Rory won in 2012.

Check out how the GM Tipster is getting on this year on our Golf Betting Tips homepage.

PGA Championship Special Bets 2021 - Three-Balls, Top-10s And Best European: advised bets

1pt to win his three-ball at 13/10 at Bet365
Rory McIlroy 1pt to win his three-ball at 13/10 at Bet365
The tournament favourite plays with an injured Brooks Koepka and Kiawah Island debutant Justin Thomas.
1pt to win his three-ball at 8/5 with Bet365
Charl Schwartzel 1pt to win his three-ball at 8/5 with Bet365
The South African has his mojo back and looks tempting at these odds, although Keegan Bradley may be a tough opponent.
1 pt to win his three-ball at 6/4 with Bet365
Marc Leishman 1 pt to win his three-ball at 6/4 with Bet365
The big Aussie is trending upwards after a poor start to the year.
1pt to win his three-ball at 5/4 with Bet365
Bubba Watson 1pt to win his three-ball at 5/4 with Bet365
Bubba rounds out our three-ball picks, which will be 1pt each and also a four-way accumulator.
2pts at 7/2 for a top-ten finish with Bet365
Tony Finau 2pts at 7/2 for a top-ten finish with Bet365
He might not win enough, but boy does he rack up the top-10s.
1pt each way at 20/1 for top Continental European with Bet365
Victor Perez 1pt each way at 20/1 for top Continental European with Bet365
He is not the most consistent but when he’s good, he’s very good and there are question marks against the three market leaders.

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