The PGA Championship is set to take place on May 20-23 and it will be held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Ocean Course in South Carolina. This is the second major championship of the year after Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters.
This golf course last hosted the PGA Championship in 2012, and the leaderboard was filled with Euopean players. This could be a betting trend to keep an eye out for this weekend, but there are also some US players playing well at this time.
Here is a look at some betting favorites, dark horse picks, and underdogs to watch out for at the PGA Championship.
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Rory McIlroy +1100
Jon Rahm +1500
Justin Thomas +1600
Dustin Johnson +1800
Jordan Spieth +1800
Bryson Dechambeau +1900
Rory McIlroy is the clear betting favorite this weekend, and that is the case for at least two reasons. McIlroy was a recent winner at Quail Hollow, and that could give him some momentum to pick up his third PGA Championship of his career.
Another reason to back McIlroy this week is because of his past performance at Kiawah Island. McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by eight strokes and he is clearly comfortable at this course.
Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are next on the list of favorites, and these two always seem to be in the mix when playing in a major championship. Dustin Johnson has odds at +1800, and he remains one of the top golfers in the world, even though he has struggled a bit in 2021.
Jordan Spieth has started to play much better after a rough patch in his career, and he has proven that he can win a major championship. Bryson Dechambeau will attempt to outdrive the field once again this weekend and overpower the course en route to a victory.
Dark Horse Picks
Tony Finau +4000
Cameron Smith +4200
Will Zalatoris +4700
The PGA Tour is as loaded with talent as it has ever been, and that also has created plenty of parity. The list of betting favorites features some big names, but you can also find some top competitors down the list as well.
Tony Finau is one of those names, and he is known for his consistency when he enters a tournament. Finau is going to win a major at some point, and it could happen this weekend.
Cameron Smith finished in second place at the 2020 Masters Tournament, and has used that finish to become a big name on the PGA Tour. Smith has struggled at the PGA Championship in his career, but that could change at any time.
Will Zalatoris burst onto the scene at Augusta National in April, and he will be a name to watch out for this weekend. Zalatoris has proven that he is not afraid of the moment, and this would be a dark horse pick worth backing.
Sung-Jae Im +8000
Matt Wallace +9500
Sung-Jae Im was a popular underdog pick to win the 2021 Masters, but he ended up having a very poor showing. Look for Im to rebound this weekend at the PGA Championship and be in contention.
Since European players fared well at Kiawah Island back in 2012, it would make sense to find a European player to feature as an underdog pick. This week that golfer is Matt Wallace, who has quielty been building up some momentum on the PGA Tour.
Wallace has not really been threatening to win any major events, but he has been on the cusp of breaking through. Don’t be surprised to see him in contention this weekend in South Carolina.