The bookies claim to have been hit in the pocket as a result of Rory Mcllroy’s USPGA Championship success on Sunday with Ladbrokes suggesting that their losses were around the five million pound-mark.
In my opinion it was McIlroy’s most impressive victory to date as he was very calm under pressure, particularly when shooting a crucial eagle at the tenth in his final round.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Northern Irishman is very short for all events next year and the shame for me is that the Masters is not next week, as he is on such a roll.
Despite his brilliance, the only value around seems to be the 6/4 with Hills that he fails to win a Major in 2015, as these events are far from easy and next year is a long way off.
McIlroy is inactive this week and subsequently the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina looks wide open.
Brandt Snedeker heads the market at 14/1, Patrick Reed, who beat Jordan Speith to win a play-off here last year, has a decent chance of retaining his title at 22/1 while Hideki Matsuyama (20/1) should also give backers a good run for their money.
The each-way value is 45/1 shot Nick Watney, who is showing signs of a return to form.
Thomas Bjorn is the market leader at 12/1 for the Made in Denmark event on European Tour and he should go well on home soil but following a good showing last week i like the chances of Thorbjorn Olesen at 22/1.
Elsewhere, I’m keeping an eye on Moritz Lampert, who has been cleaning up on the Challange Tour and at 50/1 the German looks a sporting wager to lend weight to suggestions that he could follow the likes of Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer as German greats. Meanwhile, Simon Dyson at 33/1 could also be a danger this week.