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By @OddyGOLF

 

 

The final major of 2015 takes place at the Whistling Straits course in Winsconsin. Martin Kaymer won the last time this event was held at the course after Dustin Johnson was penalised for grounding his club in a patch of dirt which was adjudicated to be a bunker.

Whistling Straits is a par 72 lakeside course with very long par 5’s and a couple of monster par 4’s of over 600 yards. 

With the above paragraph in mind there is little doubt that the big hitters will once again come to the fore. 

We have had success in this event by backing players that have been consistently on leaderboards throughout the whole season, over the last six weeks and who finished in the top 20 at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational.

 

 

 

 

Course: Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisconsin

Course Architect: Pete Dye (1998)

Par: 72

Yardage: 7,501

Acres of fairway: 22

Greens: Providence bentgrass; average size: 7,000 sq. ft.

Stimp: 12 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last 10 winners

2014

Rory McIlroy

2013

Jason Dufner

2012

Rory McIlroy

2011

Keegan Bradley

2010

Martin Kaymer

2009

YE Yang

2008

Padraig Harrington

2007

Tiger Woods

2006

Tiger Woods

2005

Phil Mickelson

 

 

The main bet for this tournament was always going to be Dustin Johnson but his final two rounds at the Open (75, 75) and last week at the Bridgestone (75, 76) have put me off him. 

Jason Day and Bubba Watson are others that will be suited to this course but with several 200/1 winners of this event (Yang, Bradley, Dufner) in the last 10 years i’m happy to look for a few outsiders that also fit the profile. 

 

 

 

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Brooks Koepka failed by a shot to get us some place returns at the Open Championship and he’s my top pick this week.  

He finished tied for 6th last week at the Bridgestone and was the only player to play all four rounds in the 60’s.

His stats read like a top 10 player…because that’s exactly what he is in the making. 

6th driving distance

5th Strokes gained putting

2nd approaches from 175-200 yards

1st putting from 4 to 8 feet

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Robert Streb has been a model of consistency this year and showed he is still in good form with a 5th placed finish last week at the Bridgestone where he averaged 340 yards off the tee. he ranks 40th in driving distance on the PGA Tour but showed last week that he can get it down there when he needs to.

He’s 5th in FEDEX Cup rankings.

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Danny Willett led for most of the Open Championship before falling away in the final round. This experience can go either way with regards to the player’s form for the rest of the year and Willett responded positively by winning his very next event, the European Masters. 

He does not have a PGA Tour DD ranking but his distance of 299.6 would see him sit 30th so he’s plenty long enough off the tee. 

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I can’t say much more about Justin Thomas without repeating myself. I’ve tipped him so many times this season it’s not true but he IS worth persevering with.

He is -35 for his last 12 rounds and ranks 20th in driving distance.

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Tyrrell Hatton is a big hitter who is in fine form. He finished 3rd at the European Masters that Danny Willett won and tied 5th in the Paul Lawrie match play. 

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