Bo Van Pelt can conquer the big names to capture his first Major title in the 2012 US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
The 37-year-old from Indiana has developed into one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour and this superb driver has the game to thrive on a course that should play very similar to Whistling Straits, which staged this tournament two years ago.
Kiawah Island, the venue for the memorable 1991 Ryder Cup dubbed the ‘War On The Shore’, sits right on the Atlantic and is a Pete Dye-designed course of almost 7,800 yards.
Plenty of rain has been falling on the American east coast recently and that means Kiawah is playing extremely long, therefore suiting the big hitters.
Bo Van Pelt falls into that bracket but is not just a boomer for in terms of total driving, which combines accuracy with length, he sits third in this year’s PGA Tour list. A strong driver will be vital in the year’s final Major.
Although officially only a solitary winner on the world’s most prestigious tour, BVP also triumphed in a hotly-contested Malaysian event late last year and his results in 2012 have been excellent.
He has eight top-10 finishes to his credit including second place at the AT&T National, while on his last two starts he has finished seventh in Canada and eighth against the world’s best at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
That showed he can mix it with the elite, as did a seventh place at the Players Championship, and Van Pelt’s time may now have arrived.
He represents terrific each-way value at 70/1 with Blue Square
, who are paying six places.
Another player I like the look of is Kyle Stanley, whom I also tipped up for the Open and while there was no return on that bet, I’m happy to go back in for more.
This plucky young American fulfils the key stat of having won a tournament already this year, which US PGA champions had done in 12 of the last 13 seasons.
Stanley did that in the Phoenix Open just a week after a shocking collapse when he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, so his character is not in question.
Only a disappointing final round of 76 cost him a high finish at Royal Lytham and he has since bounced back with a strong showing at Akron last week.
go 125/1 about the 24-year-old from Washington state and as it only looks a matter of time before he goes close in a Major, this looks a good time to get on.