Betting on golf can be an exhilarating endeavor, but it can also be an extremely frustrating one.
That’s why it’s important to pick your spots when it comes to finding long shot value. With this year’s edition of the PGA Championship almost here, I’ve set my sights on three specific golfers who could create big payouts if they can take home the hardware.
Here are my three PGA Championship sleeper picks:
Brandt Snedeker (+4900)
Snedeker is 35 years old and has never won a major before, but that hasn’t stopped first-time champions Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson in 2016. Snedeker is as steady as it gets on the PGA Tour, putting forth consistent efforts year in and year out without getting much of the spotlight.
The Nashville native is coming off a strong showing at last weekend’s Canadian Open where he went 10 under par in a tie for fifth place. Sneds has fared well in recent PGA Championships, finishing 13th in 2014 and 12th last year.
Hideki Matsuyama (+6600)
Buyers beware: Matsuyama is on a cold streak right now. The native of Japan has missed three of his last four cuts, including poor showings at the British Open and U.S. Open. Don't overlook the 24-year-old, though. Matsuyama has all the talent in the world to win a major title, and he’s available for a fantastic price due to his recent slump.
Matsuyama started off 2016 by stringing together nine top 25s in his first 13 PGA Tour events, and he made 11 of 12 major cuts before battling the brutal Oakmont Country Club in June. It’s only a matter of time before he bounces back.
Tony Finau (+10000)
Finau is not a household name yet, but he very well could be soon. In the American’s first four major appearances, he has three top 20 finishes including a tie for 10th at last year’s PGA Championship. Finau is in solid form, ending the Open at Royal Troon in 18th place.
Finau ranks sixth in driving distance this season, so if he can use that length to his advantage there’s no reason why he won’t be in the mix at Baltusrol on Sunday.
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