Tiger Woods has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times. Tiger has been around the block and then some. In his illustrious career, Tiger has won 15 Major Championships and has played the game globally but when asked of the course he finds to rank the highest in sheer difficulty, Tiger says “This one [Winged Foot] or Oakmont is either one or two.” Tiger is sitting at O/U 67.5 Strokes in Round 1 yet Winged Foot is the first course where Tiger missed the cut in his professional career dating back to the 1997 PGA Championship, which leads me to think, from a player prop standpoint who will prevail this weekend? The golfers or course?
Given the difficulty of this course, anyone can be victorious:
Jon Rahm – [10-1] has won the two toughest tournaments so far in 2020 (the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village and the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields) and his Round 1 line on strokes is sitting at O/U 66.5 Strokes in Round 1, can he win his first Major Championship?
Dustin Johnson – [9-1] DJ has been one of the hottest golfers on tour, having been voted the 2020 PGA Tour Player of the year. On top of that, he has finished in the top five in four of his last six U.S. Opens. DJ is sitting O/U 67.5 Strokes in Round 1, this is the best and most consistent DJ we have ever seen, will he continue?
Collin Morikawa – [18-1] Morikawa shockingly won the PGA Championship over a month ago and is approaching Winged Foot with the grueling goal of winning back-to-back majors. Morikawa is incredibly strong with his irons and tends to be in great control of his game, if the course becomes victorious this weekend, there is the largest chance that Morikawa becomes the closest to beating it. He is sitting at O/U 10.5 Pars in Round 1 and will surely need to start out strong in order to win his second career Major.