The weekend ahead will offer golf fans the US PGA Championship.
It marks the 100th playing of the event, so it is certain that there will be some extra commemorative festivities involved when the event kicks off in St. Louis at Bellerive Golf Course.
Jason Day and Marc Leishman will be looking to atone for poor results in last week’s World Golf Championship in Akron, Ohio.
Both golfers were well positioned going into the final round and started off strongly, but they failed to captalise and instead of moving ahead, they went in the opposite direction.
They were within striking distance of eventual winner Justin Thomas, but the closing stretch of Firestone Country club proved to be their undoing.
Leishman made four straight bogeys beginning with the 13th hole to contribute to a final round 73. “It was ugly, that’s all you can say,” Leishman told AAP.“The course was a lot tougher today and I just completely lost it on the last six holes.”
Jason Day won the Championship in 2015, his career year and he feels that he is capable of adding a second Major title to his resume.
I know I’m playing well and I’m hitting my iron shots great,” Day said. “I just have to work on my driver a little bit because it has been quite decent for most of the year, but this week it wasn’t.If I hit more fairways I feel like I’ve got a good chance at winning the PGA Championship.”
Ladbrokes has Day on the fourth line of the betting, tied with Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose at $21. Leishman is well down the list at $51, but as the code of professional golfing proves every week, odds mean diddly when the field of competitors is loaded with players who can get hot and string together four hot rounds on any given week.