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Golf: Aussie chances at the 2024 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship gets underway at Valhalla Golf Club this week, with the world’s best golfers descending on the course in Louisville, Kentucky.

It’s been nine years since an Australian claimed the title in this prestigious event and here’s a look at the six Aussie hopes for the major this time around.

Cameron Smith could lead the charge

The shortest-price Australian to win in Louisville this week is Cameron Smith at 41.00 in the outright market.

Smith already knows what it takes to win a major having claimed the Open Championship title back in 2022.

The Brisbane star’s best finish at a PGA Championship was ninth last year and the 30-year-old looks capable of bettering performance that this week at Valhalla.

Jason Day moving in the right direction

The last Aussie to win the PGA Championship, Jason Day is searching for that form that at one stage took him to number one in the world rankings.

Day tied for second at the Open Championship just last year, showing his game is moving in the right direction to challenge for major titles once again.

The 36-year-old, who is the highest-ranked Australian player in the world at No.19, is available at 56.00 to claim his second PGA Championship title this week.

Min Woo Lee looking to take next leap forward

The second-highest-ranked Australian at 36th in the world standings is Min Woo Lee, who is also an outsider to challenge the big names at Valhalla this week.

At 67.00 in the outright odds for the PGA Championship, Lee’s best finish at a major came last year with a fifth-place finish at the US Open.

A rising star of Australian golf, Lee will be hoping his progress in recent years can help deliver that first major title.

Trio looking to cause an upset

Adam Scott, Cameron Davis and Lucas Herbert are the other three Australians ready to compete in Kentucky this week.

Former Masters champion Scott is 101.00 to cause a shock and win the 2024 PGA Championship, while Davis and Herbert are available at 176.00 and 251.00 respectively to finish top of the leaderboard.

Previous Aussie winners

David Graham was the very first Australian to win the PGA Championship back in 1979.

Winning a playoff against the American Ben Crenshaw at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield, Michigan, Graham pocketed the USD 60,000 winner’s prize.

Following on from Graham’s success in 1979, Wayne Grady was the next Australian to win this event at the Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Alabama in 1990.

Countryman Steve Elkington beat Colin Montgomerie at Riviera to win the PGA Championship just five years later.

The fourth and last Australian to win this major is Day, who beat Jordan Speith by three strokes to claim the title at Whistling Straits in 2015.

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