PGA Championship 2013: Sleepers With a Chance to Do Damage at Oak Hill
After Tiger Woods' dominating performance at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, it is no wonder Bovada lists him as the favorite to win the 2013 PGA Championship at 7-2 odds. Phil Mickelson is second on the list followed by a few of the other more prominent names.
While no one can argue with the likes of Woods and Lefty being installed as the guys to watch at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y., this is golf and things often don't go as suspected.
Here are three sleepers who aren't registering at the top of oddsmakers' lists, but could make some noise by the time the tournament is over.
*All odds courtesy of Bovada
Keegan Bradley, Odds to Win: 33-1
The long odds on Bradley are a head-scratcher given how much success he's had at this point of the season over the last few years. He had a top-15 finish at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011 prior to winning the PGA Championship that same year.
Last year, he won the Bridgestone and finished third at the PGA. This year, Bradley finished in a distant second-place tie behind Woods at the Bridgestone. Obviously, Oak Hill is different than Atlanta Athletic Club and Kiawah Island, where Bradley has found success the last two years, but he's still playing well.
He's in the top 10 in driving distance and overall ranking this season. That consistency has led to seven top-10 finishes. He's a good bet to make that eight at Oak Hill this week.
Matt Kuchar, Odds to Win: 33-1
Kuchar also has long odds to win, but he's one of just four players on tour with more than one win this season. He's been pretty steady throughout the year, making every cut, and he hasn't finished lower than 48th in any tournament.
The 35-year-old is second in the FedEx Cup standings, but he's still looking for his first win in a major championship.
Kuchar has proven that he has the poise to play well on the final weekend, having captured the Players Championship in 2012. This could be the spot for his first major victory.
Which sleeper will finish higher on the leaderboard?
Bill Haas, Odds to Win: 50-1
Despite the fact that Haas has played well over the last month, the 50-1 odds make sense. He's never finished higher than 12th in a major championship, he missed the cut at the Open Championship and Oak Hill figures to be a rough course this week.
That said, you can't ignore the strides he's made. Haas has had four top-10 finishes in his last six starts.
Against a star-studded field, Haas has a tough task ahead of him. But if any golfer that isn't a household name has a chance to win the PGA Championship this year, it's Haas.
Stat references from PGATour.com
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