There are plenty of side markets to get stuck into at the PGA Championship this week and one of our outright bets Scott Piercy looks worth backing to make a fast start in the first round leader market.

Piercy says he is playing the best golf of his life and his recent results back this up with the American finishing inside the top three of his last two individual tournaments. He did not even drop a shot last week as he tied for second at the AT&T Byron Nelson and can take this momentum into Bethpage Black. Piercy, who is first out in the opening round and will have the best of the greens, has also been inside the top six including ties in three of the last seven PGA Championships suggesting he is generously priced at 80/1 each way.

Joel Dahmen is a relatively unheralded name in the world of golf but could also be worth backing to make a quick start in the first round. The American has led after the opening 18 holes in three of his last six tournaments, including on his last start at Quail Hollow when he went on to finish second. Dahmen has opened with 66 or better in those rounds and the in-form 31-year-old is a tempting bet at 100/1 each way for first round leader.

Tony Finau has turned himself into a serial contender in the majors and the powerful American could be on course for another high finish this week. Finau has been inside the top ten in four of the last five majors, including fifth place at the Masters last month. His length off the tee is a huge advantage at Bethpage Black, which has been softened by rain this week, so should feature even if he looks short enough in the outright market considering he only has one PGA Tour victory. Another top ten at 4/1 appeals for this consistent performer.

It has been an exceptional rise up the rankings from Justin Harding with the South African claiming his maiden European Tour title in Qatar in March. Since then, he has elevated his game even higher, producing a superb debut at the Masters with a tie for 12th place. Harding finished inside the top ten in Dallas last week and could feature again on the leaderboard in New York. A second successive top 20 in a major could yield a profit at 6/1.

Jorge Campillo has been arguably the most impressive player on the European Tour this season and can take his soaring self-belief into the PGA Championship. The Spaniard secured a long overdue title last month in Morocco and his form in recent months has been nothing short of sensational. Campillo has not finished outside the top 20 in his last six starts which includes a victory and four other top threes. If he can hold this form at Bethpage Black, another top 20 is certainly well within reach at 8/1.

Tips:

Scott Piercy first round leader Each Way

Joel Dahmen first round leader Each Way

Tony Finau top 10

Justin Harding top 20

Jorge Campillo top 20

Odds are correct at the time of posting

Join the discussion