Perry’s 2019 PGA Championship Mid-Tier Preview: Best Bets to Break Through at Bethpage
USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama
- Joshua Perry breaks down his five favorite mid-tier value bets for the 2019 PGA Championship.
The mid-tier range is always my favorite to target for majors thanks to the value we typically see. But it’s been a struggle for guys in this range in recent PGA Championship events. Justin Thomas has been the only winner from this range over the past five at +4500 in 2017.
It’s been a tournament for favorites with Brooks Koepka (2018), Jason Day (2015) and Rory McIlroy (2014) all at +2000 or less when they claimed the title.
But most of my early card is still in this range — we’ll highlight five guys below — and I think there will be some spots to hopefully find a few guys who slide back under the radar.
Tony Finau (+4500)
I wrote about Finau as an option for this event after The Masters, and his number was cut into the +3300 range pretty quickly.
His tee-to-green game will allow him to be successful at most courses. Bethpage demands length off the tee and Finau will supply that.