The PGA Championship is unique in that it invites all the winners of PGA Tour events from the previous year. The PGA Championship also invites selected club professionals. The field of 156 players for the 2021 PGA Championship will include golfers who meet these criteria. It begins Thursday. Apart from the prestige of being a major champion, there are many other stakes, such as $1.98million to the winner, 100 Official World Golf Ranking Points and lifetime eligibility for the PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy has won the May race once before. Could he repeat the feat? He has a high chance of winning the 2021 PGA Championship, according to betting odds.
McIlroy, 32, has won the PGA Championship twice in 2012 and 2014. However, he has not been able to win a major title since that ’14 victory. McIlroy has won four of his four major titles and was in contention for many more.
He’ll be looking to return to the winner’s circle this year and will enter the major with momentum. He just won the Wells Fargo Championship in Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. on May 6-9.
The mid-tier is always a great place to shop because of the deep fields. You don’t get to place big bets every week on guys like Tony Finau (+4000), Patrick Cantlay (+4500), Brooks Koepka (+15000), Paul Casey (+15500), and Tyrrell Hatton (1,5500).
It is worth thinking about Koepka, even though his health is in doubt. We are confident that he will win the PGA Championships. We know he can hit a ball a mile. We also know that he doesn’t have to play his way to winning (see this year’s Waste Management). If he wins, I imagine that many speculators will wonder “how did I miss Brooks Koepka at 50/1?” Similar logic can be applied to Finau or Cantlay who are almost at twice their normal price for majors because of poor form.
Mother Nature will play her part as there is a wind forecast this week. Bettors love to make their betting cards look like a Ryder team or Presidents Cup team when that happens. This range will attract attention to Casey, Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick (+6000), Marc Leishman (7000), Tommy Fleetwood (+17500), and Matt Wallace (+18500).
Joaquin Niemann, +8000 is another interesting name in this range. Niemann, a chic and undiscovered pick to win the Masters at a lower number of numbers, was just a few weeks ago. After a few slow weeks, the young Chilean is now at 80/1.Last Updated on October 11, 2021