PGA Championship 2019
“He’s got me shaking in my boots, guys,” the 79-year-old Nicklaus said recently.
So, it’s no surprise that Woods (+700) is the overwhelming favorite in PGA Championship Odds heading into golf’s second of four majors on the year (Golf Odds provided by Bovada). It helps that Woods has won a major here before. He beat Phil Mickelson by three shots in 2002 for his second U.S. Open title.
- PGA Championship Odds Explained
- Why Tiger Woods Will Win
- Why Dustin Johnson Will Win
- Why Brooks Koepka Will Win
- PGA Championship Prediction
PGA Championship Odds Explained
Woods Favored in Second Major
The PGA Championship 2019 Odds will change as the event approaches tee times on opening day, but your odds are fixed when you make your wager.
• Tiger Woods (+700). A $100 bet on the PGA favorite would return a total of $800 ($100 bet + $700 profit = $800 total return
• Tony Finau (+2500). One of the young guns with a huge shot in this major. A $100 bet would return a total of $2,600 ($100 bet + $2,500 profit = $2,600 total return).
• Xander Schauffele (+3300). If you’re looking for value, this rising star is it. A $100 bet would return a total of $3,400 ($100 bet + $3,300 = $3,400).
PGA Championship Contenders
Major Moves to May
The PGA was formerly played in mid-August on the third weekend before Labor Day, serving as the fourth and final major of the championship season. The tournament moved to May this year, on the weekend before Memorial Day, and will not be held every year before the U.S. Open and British Open.
Let’s take a look at PGA Expert Picks and why any of the Top 5 favorites on the Bovada odds board can win the second major of the year:
Why Tiger Woods Will Win +700
Even though he finished 38th in his last start at Bethpage in 2012, his health is much different today than seven years ago. Tiger is healthy, fit and mentally tougher than anyone in the game.
His lifelong obsession has been to break the record for major victories. His victory in The Masters was a huge boost for his confidence that he still has the game to compete with a younger generation. Also, it was the first time in Tiger’s career that he came from behind to win a major. What’s left for him to do after battling back from numerous knee and back surgeries? Win Major No. 16.
Why Dustin Johnson Will Win +900
The No. 1-ranked player in the world is often the top pick on the odds board. That’s all changed with the return of Tiger. The 34-year-old Johnson has never finished better than a tie for fifth in nine career PGAs, but the power hitter has finished in the Top 10 in three of the last five majors, including a tie for second at The Masters.
Bethpage Black will put a premium on driving distance and accuracy, and that’s one area where Johnson is among the best. Johnson, who won his only major in 2016 at the U.S. Open, finished in a tie for third the last time the tour stopped at Bethpage in 2012, including one of the best scores in the final round.
Why Rory McIlroy Will Win +1000
It’s easy to forget that four-time major champion McIlroy just turned 30. The native of Northern Ireland, who already has two PGA titles to his credit, seems to be at his best in this major. He also has two thirds to go along with his victories in 2012 and 2014.
McIlroy is considered one of the longest drivers in the game, which is surprising considering he’s only five-foot-nine. If he can get his short game together for this major, the hottest player to start the year could run away and hide on this field of 156 professional golfers.
Why Brooks Koepka Will Win +1200
When it comes to majors in recent years, this is the man. Koepka has just five wins on the PGA Tour, but three of them are majors. The defending PGA champion has three wins, a second and a sixth in the last seven majors. There’s no reason to think this event will be any different as the 29-year-old always seems to turn up his game with the prestigious trophies on the line.
Bethpage Black will play about 7,500 yards long, which is perfect for Koepka who’s known as another one of those big bombers on the tour. He almost overpowered the field and Augusta National last month at The Masters when he tied for second.
Why Justin Thomas Will Win +1200
Thomas is one of just five players (Woods, Nicklaus, McIlroy and Jordan Spieth) since 1940 to win nine PGA Tour titles, including a major, by age 26. Thomas won his first major — the PGA Championship — in 2017. He has seven Top 25s in his last nine majors, including a tie for 12th at The Masters in April.
The native of Louisville, Kentucky, also has five Top 10s in 11 tour starts this season. Thomas will have to get off to a quick start at Bethpage as 44 of the past 62 champions (71%) were in the Top 5 after the first two rounds.
PGA Championship Prediction
Can Woods Win His 16th Major?
Tiger was the beneficiary of all the leaders putting it in the water on No. 12 in the final round of The Masters. Koepka was one of them. He won’t make any “major” mistakes this time.
PGA Championship Pick — Koepka (+1200)
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