Former PGA Championship Winners
- 2021 – Phil Mickelson (US)
- 2020 – Collin Morikawa (US)
- 2019 – Brooks Koepka (US)
- 2018 – Brooks Koepka (US)
- 2017 – Justin Thomas (US)
- 2016 – Jimmy Walker (US)
- 2015 – Jason Day (AUS)
Betting on the PGA Championship
Golf betting enthusiasts are looking forward to making PGA Golf bets, and even if you’re a beginner or intermediate sports bettor, there are always some new betting options to try each year.
Our golf betting guide is a great resource for a general golf betting run down, but this page is solely focused on PGA betting options to help you make more educated betting decisions. To find the PGA best bets, stick with us and we’ll shop you how!
PGA Futures or Outright Winner
Long before the event, once the odds are released, you are able to bet on the PGA futures, which essentially is a bet placed in the future on who will win the PGA Championship. By correctly predicting the winner, your bet will cash – and usually, it will pay fairly handsomely, depending on the odds. When you look at PGA Championship lines, these are the most common ones available.
If you pick a mid-range player with some great vig, like Patrick Reed at +3000 for instance, with just a $100 wager, you could bring in $3,000. Futures are pretty straightforward, but there are 156 players out there, and while there are usually only odds on the top 30 or 40, it can be a long shot to pick the winner correctly.
One thing to keep in mind is that the odds change quickly, so ensuring you do your research before placing your wager, or smartly cashing out a bet when you lose confidence in your golfer – will help you in the long haul.
PGA Match Betting
Since the PGA Championship is a match play tournament, golfers are divided into groups of three, then groups of two. This usually happens within the first two days of the tournament and bettors must predict which golfer within the group will have the best (lowest) score.
These betting types are commonly referred to as 2-ball bets or 3-ball bets. These can be a bit easier to predict, and the odds won’t be as juicy as the futures, where you have a ⅓ chance of being correct.
PGA Group Betting
It’s common to be able to find some group matchups, but more often than not, it ends up being based on their nationality or country of origin. You might see odds on the “Top European player” and this essentially pins all European players against each other for the entire 72-hole tournament. This can be another fairly easy bet to make at the PGA because some countries have their standout players, but their odds just won’t be bringing you any big winnings.
PGA Championship Prop Bets
There are some entertaining and fun props available on most of the major online sportsbooks, along with some great live betting props you can take during the tournament. Some PGA prop bets include Top Senior, Top Amateur, Top lefty if a certain player will hit a hole in one, an over/under of the age of the winner – the list goes on and on. These can often be the best PGA Championship bets.
PGA Championship Betting Tips
Betting on the PGA can be both simple, and complex. We use them when we make our PGA Championship betting picks. The betting options are simple, but the strategies you need to implement are more complicated and you really have to do some research. We have compiled a few simple PGA Championship betting tips and guidance that will help you to succeed:
It’s a great idea to research the course, and if a golfer you plan to bet on to win the PGA has played similar style courses. Also, some holes are better for left vs right-hand shots, so knowing the golfers’ style, and how that might play out on the course will be a great help when placing your PGA bets.
The weather can be a huge factor when it comes to betting on the PGA. While it seems like a minor factor, it can drastically affect performances. Plenty can change in terms of playing conditions between morning and afternoon – gustier winds in the afternoon tend to be a huge factor depending on the schedule and which golfers are set in that time slot. Mornings are preferred by many golfers as the conditions are more calm and favorable.
Like we’ve said many times – do your research before you bet on the PGA. Research the golfers, find some great golf beat writers who can rhyme off all of the player stats, and follow their content for hot tips and updates, and keep an eye on qualifiers. Betting on the PGA is fun, easy and surely will make watching the tournament either in person or on TV much more thrilling!
PGA Golf Championship FAQs
Can Amatuers play in the PGA Championship?
Unfortunately not. The PGA Championship is part of the professional tour and doesn't allow for amateurs, unlike certain other competitions that run throughout the year.
Which is the best sportsbook for PGA Championship betting?
It's difficult to say, as there are so many online bookmakers to choose from it can be difficult to know which is the right one for you. We'd advise taking a look at our list of top sportsbooks providers to find out more.
Who won the PGA Championship in 2020?
While many golf tournaments were cancelled in 2020, the PGA Championship went ahead and was won by the American Collin Morikawa.
Who has the most PGA Championship titles?
Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen are the most successful PGA Championship players, with 5 titles each to their name.
If players are tied after 72 holes, how is the winner decided?
In the event of a tie at the PGA Championship, a three-hole aggregate format is employed. If players are tied after the three holes are completed, a sudden-death playoff is implemented to determine the winner.