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Nic Ladds 11th Aug 2009 - 18:27

PGA Championship tournament match bets

A tournament match bet is a great way to get involved and stay involved in the PGA Championships right up until that final ball is holed.

In any of our match bets, you simply need your opponent to finish higher than the player they are up against, regardless of whether they win the tournament or even make the cut.

We've picked out three of the stand out match bets so you can have an interest right up until the final day and whether you select a few and back them in a multiple or just pick out your one fancy, it is a great way to keep well involved with the action.

Graeme McDowell to beat Rory McIlroy - 21/20

Everyone expected Rory McIlroy to be tearing fields apart after his maiden tour win in February but he has not quite matched those lofty expectations.

An excellent finish of 10 in the US Open has been one of the few highlights since then and he did do reasonably well in the Masters considering it was his first stab at the tournament so he may show up well at Hazeltine.

Poor showings in the lead up to this in his last three outings though do not inspire confidence and as the odds fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell looks a good bet.

A finish in the PGA Championship last year of 15 was an excellent result and finishes in this year's Majors of 17, 18 and 34 show he to has the capability to be competitive at the top level.

He ranks 14 in driving accuracy compared to McIlroy's 75 and he is also way ahead in the putts per round stats and at a course as unforgiving as Hazeltine, it could be McDowell's steady approach that ultimately ousts McIlroy's more risky style.

Francesco Molinari to beat Soren Kjeldsen - 21/20

Hazeltine looks like it is going to demand serious accuracy from off the tee and the ability to find plenty of greens in regulation.

Francesco Molinari looks to fit the bill perfectly with his impressive stats which have him fifth in driving accuracy and 11th in GIR.

His opponent in this match bet Soren Kjeldsen, is too no mug when it comes to finding the fairway off the tee but he is not match for the little Italian.

Kjeldsen has fared slightly better this year overall results wise but Molinari finished in an excellent share of 13th in the Open and comes in to the PGA fresh.

This is Molinari's first attempt at the PGA Championship but Kjeldsen's only attempt was last year when he missed the cut so with no previous tournament form to go on, it is the supremely accurate driving and short game of the Italian that we side with in this match bet.

Justin Leonard to beat Luke Donald - evens

Both players have similar records this year with five top 10's so far and both did well in the Open with Donald finishing fifth and Leonard eighth so what is it that makes the American the bet?

Looking at their previous records, Donald has always played reasonably well in the PGA with three top 25 finishes and third in his five starts.

Leonard meanwhile has missed the cut three of the last four years but before that had a 10, 4 and 2 to his name and the fourth came in 2002 when the PGA was held at, you guessed it, Hazeltine.

His game is perfect to tackle this course and now he is playing with some menace in his game, Leonard could quite easily throw down another big challenge and threaten to win his second Major.

He sits at 30th in the driving accuracy stats and 50th in GIR which may not sound anything special but when you compare it to Donald's 126th in accuracy and 95th in GIR it starts to almost look a mismatch.

Donald can boast a second place in putting average but Leonard is not far behind in fifth and when you consider the American is 19th in the all-round rankings, you can see he has all the tools to tackle this tricky course, combined with an invaluable liking for the course and he looks a great bet to see off the Englishman in the match bets.

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