The niggle: Who wins the PGA Championship?

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The NCG team chew the fat about the destination of the Wanamaker Trophy...

Steve Carroll: Hang on, wasn’t there a Major just the other week? No sooner have the grandstands cleared at The Open and we are on the big tournament bus again – this time at Baltusrol for the PGA.

Silly scheduling has flung the last of the big four events at us in double quick time and, as such, it’s flying under the radar a little bit.

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This won’t help PGA chiefs, who already have an inferiority complex about their show being labelled the ‘weakest’ of the Majors.

But what do we care? We just want to know who wins. For me, I reckon Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson could all be in the mix come Sunday night.

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Am I alone in this view?

Tom Lenton: Bubba Watson or Brandt Snedeker.

SC: Why?

TL: It, apparently, is a shot maker’s course and Watson is just that man. He isn’t in great form but still has won this year.

Snedeker has a win this year and is 5th in the PGA order of merit so 50/1 seems good value.

Also Mickelson (duhhh), he won it there in 2005 and isn’t playing badly….

James Savage: Very hard to look past Dustin Johnson with the way he’s playing.

On 18 last week he hit driver, gap-wedge to the 530-yard par-5 for the easiest of eagles.

It would be nice to see Rory put 4 good rounds together. He was easily the best player at The Open from the ‘wrong side’ of the draw.

Rory and DJ in the final group on Sunday would be a great way to close the curtain on this season’s majors.

For an outsider I’d take a look at Snedeker at 60/1 who played very solid last week and is the sort of winner the PGA often throws up.

Jake Rhodes: Zach Johnson for me. Great form leading up to this one and a short game from heaven.

TL: Praise the Lord.

Jamie Millar: Maybe it’s because I’m tired but I am struggling to pick a winner for this.

I never back Rory, as for me he is too inconsistent, but I’ve got niggling feeling he’ll add another major to his trophy cabinet.

I might back a South African in memoriam to Bobby Van Wyk…I choose Branden Grace.

JS: Why not back the Beef e/w at 250/1?

Might be worth having him as top Englishman at 20/1 as other than Tyrrell Hatton, maybe Andy Sullivan, no one is really in decent form.

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JM: How could I forget about the Beef? Fiver each way it is.

TL: I can’t see a winner from Europe unless its someone who is a regular on the PGA tour player.

James Broadhurst: Jordan Spieth seems to have slipped off the radar a bit. I think he is due a strong showing following his Masters meltdown. He’s hit a bit of form lately, despite an average Open performance, and finished 2nd at the PGA last year.

Mark Townsend: Rory seems to keep finishing 5th in Majors though never being a genuine threat at any any point. If he gets off to a quicker start then hope he wins it, and then we can all moan about the Olympics a bit more.

As an outsider maybe Kaymer, pretty solid of late and about time he won again, and he is as comfortable winning as pretty much anyone.

Craig Middleton: Here’s one. I backed him at The Open, and I’m going to mention him again, Jason Dufner. Why? He was the first player I saw at The Open, so until he wins another Major, I will continue to back him.

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But seriously, he performed well at The Open finishing T22nd and very well at Oakmont with a top-ten finish. Let’s go Duf.

SC: That’s not exactly a sound betting strategy, Craig, I saw therefore I back.

JM: #dufnerwatch

JS: Duf and Beef in the final pairing on Sunday.

SC: That sounds like an awful dinner…

JM: #beefnerwatch

CM: If beef or duf win, I’ll buy everyone a freddo.

JM: You realise they are not 10p anymore, right?

CM: Exactly. Showing my generosity.

JM: More money than sense.

Tom Irwin: It will be exactly the same result as the Open. There’s no reason to expect anything else given that they have effectively walked straight from the 18th green at Troon to the 1st tee at Baltusrol.

It is like that year when we kept playing Ashes tests every weekend for about six months i.e. stupid.

Dan Murphy: Oh good. So put the house on Stenson then?

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SC: I’m not having a bean on Stenson. For so many reasons…

DM: It feels to me that with preparation for the whole field less than ideal it’s an event for a regular PGA Tour grinder. For that reason, I’m seeing strong showings from the likes of Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner. The kind of guys that churn out top 20s week after week.

That said, you have to respect Rory’s PGA record, which is exceptional.

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