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Noren can break major duck in Missouri

Noren can break major duck in Missouri


The Major season comes to an end at Bellerive Country Club this week and world number 13 Alex Noren looks primed to land the US PGA Championship in what has been a positive season.

Previous course form means nothing this week as the last notable tournament held at Bellerive was the 2008 BMW Championship, although being able to handle the tricky course in Missouri will be crucial.

The course is known for its large and undulating greens, highlighting the need for a good putter and Noren has made a significant improvement in this department this season.

Back Noren to win @ 45/1

Sweden’s number one is fourth on this season’s PGA Tour statistics for strokes gained from putting, behind only Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and Greg Chalmers, and the flat stick helped him land a 10th European Tour title at the Open de France earlier this year.

The 36-year-old followed up that win at Le Golf National with a tie for 17th at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie before he ended up in a share of 31st at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Noren has proven to be one of the best chasers on tour this year as he sits seventh in scoring on final rounds this season, whilst his par-five scoring average is the eighth best.

At 45/1, the Stockholm-born star seems a huge price and his game appears to be in the perfect place going into the final major.

Schwartzel stands out @ 150/1

Looking at a bigger-priced candidate to claim all the spoils and the name of 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel stands out at a huge 150/1. The South African is almost back in the top 50 of the world and has been showing glimpses of his best form.

The 33-year-old has three top-10 finishes to his name this season and he heads into the US PGA on the back of a superb seven-under-par 63 on the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Finishing so strongly at Firestone Country Club will have provided a big confidence boost for Schwartzel and he looks like a good each-way shout to land his second major trophy.

Other notable mentions go to the 8/1 favourite Dustin Johnson, who is in red-hot form this season, and Bridgestone champion Justin Thomas who is a 14/1 chance.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, who won the Italian Open this year, heads to Missouri on the back of a tie for third at Firestone and he also looks good value at 66/1.

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Warren Ashurst Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.