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View from Down Under: Can Aussie Jason Day Triumph at the PGA Championship Again?

The final golf major of 2017 gets underway at Quail Hollow in North Carolina on Friday morning Australian time, and given it’s the last major that an Australian has won, hopes are high from the Land Down Under.

The man who saluted at this tournament back in 2015 was Jason Day and if he could pick a tournament to return to form in after a lackluster season, it would definitely be this week’s PGA Championship.

Day won two years ago at Whistling Straits, where he became the first major winner to finish with a 20-under-par total.

After coming just one shot short of defending his title last year, the former world No. 1 is confident of returning to his winning ways.

“I’ve played really well (at the PGA Championship) over the past few years. Especially last year, when I played well enough to win but unfortunately (eventual champion) Jimmy Walker just beat me,” Day told AAP.

Day, now ranked seventh in the world, has not won a tournament since May 2016 and relinquished his 47-week reign as world No. 1 to Dustin Johnson in February.

Given his history at the PGA Championship, the odds for the Australian to repeat his 2015 performance are very attractive. He’s paying $29 (+2800) for a win at sixth favorite.

Rory McIlroy is the tipped to take the trophy at $8 (+700), with Jordan Spieth on $10 (+900), and Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama paying $13 (+1200) each.

Day is one of seven Aussies teeing off, with Adam Scott on $41 (+4000) to win, Marc Leishman at $61 (+6000), along with Cameron Smith ($251 or +25000), Scott Hend ($301 or +30000), Rod Pampling ($501 or +50000) and Stuart Deane $1501 (+150000).

In the AFL, Essendon is clinging to the No. 8 spot by its fingernails on 40 points, leading West Coast, Melbourne and St. Kilda by percentage only.

The Bombers’ finals hopes could take a battering when they host the competition-leading Adelaide Crows on Saturday.

The Crows hold a two-game lead atop the ladder and are paying $1.45 (-222) for a win over Essendon against $2.45 (+145) for a loss.

The Crows’ closest rivals, Greater Western Sydney, travel to Western Bull for a match that could put a dent in the defending champion’s title hopes.

GWS is paying just $1.72 (-139) to take the points and bundle the seventh-place Bulldogs out of the eight with a loss, with $2.10 (+110) for a loss to the Melbourne side.

The NRL is offering a possible grand final preview on Saturday when league-leading Melbourne hosts the second-place Sydney Roosters.

The Storm are in daunting form and are paying just $1.40 (-250) to win the top-of-the-table clash, with $3 (+200) on offer for the Roosters.

Sixth-place North Queensland is missing injured captain Johnathan Thurston badly in the lead-up to the finals and faces a must-win game at Penrith.

The Panthers can draw level with the Cowboys with a win, and are tipped to take the points, paying $1.50 (-200) for the win against $2.62 (+162) for a loss.

Socceroo Aaron Mooy makes his Premier League debut when he lines up for newly promoted Huddersfield at Crystal Palace at midnight Saturday.

Huddersfield, which signed Mooy after a successful spell on loan, is at tempting odds to beat Palace, paying $4.75 (+375) for a win, $1.80 (-125) for a loss and $3.40 (+240) for a draw against the London club.