After Rory McIlroy's runaway victory at the British Open two weeks ago, the odds table for PGA Championship betting has undergone some significant changes. Tiger Woods has still found his way to the second spot, but the odds on the favorite Rory McIlroy have come down significantly. He was once well clear of the 10.00 mark, but is now going off at just 8.00 for a victory.
The PGA Championship will be returning this year to Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. This will be the third time that the course has held a PGA Championship and it will be the first time in three years that it has held any kind of major championship. The last time the PGA was held here in 2000 the course produced one of the most memorable Tiger victories of all time. Woods battled down to the wire with Bob May who made a mockery of the course in the final three rounds of the tournament by firing three straight 66's to head into a playoff with Tiger. Tiger would come out on top in the end, but May will always be remembered for the clinic he put on that week.
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PGA Championship Outright Win Odds from Bet365
Rory McIlroy 8.00 Tiger Woods 11.00
Adam Scott 15.00 Phil Mickelson 17.00
Justin Rose 23.00 Henrik Stenson 23.00
Rickie Fowler 26.00 Martin Kaymer 26.00
Bubba Watson 29.00 Sergio Garcia 29.00
Jordan Spieth 29.00 Dustin Johnson 29.00
Jason Day 34.00 Charl Schwartzel 34.00
Matt Kuchar 34.00 Jason Dufner 34.00
Graeme McDowell 41.00 Luke Donald 41.00
Keegan Bradley 41.00 Lee Westwood 41.00
Jim Furyk 41.00 Brandt Snedeker 41.00
Hunter Mahan 51.00 Webb Simpson 51.00
Zach Johnson 51.00 Louis Oosthuizen 51.00
Jimmy Walker 51.00 Ian Poulter 67.00
Top Contenders for the PGA Championship
The major championships always bring out the best golfers in the world. Here are previews for some of the players that should be top contenders at the tournament in two weeks as well as their current betting odds at Bet365.
Rory McIlroy @ 8.00 - Rory is definitely the guy to beat at Valhalla. He finally proved to the golf world that his game is back in shape and that's a scary thought for the rest of the players heading to Kentucky in two weeks time. He won the British Open by six shots which means that his three majors have now been won by a total of 17 shots. He also has a previous PGA Championship to his name. He won the 2012 PGA that was held at Kiawah Island.
Tiger Woods @ 11.00 - Tiger proved two things to us at the Open Championship this year. One, he's healthy and on top of his game to the point that he can make some key shots as well as the cut at a major. The second thing that he proved is that he's in no shape to win a major right now. If he's managed to do some work in the off weeks between the British Open and now, that could be a different story, but his green in regulation stats and his putting stats were not what they should be at to win a major. The old Tiger was relentless in his ABC play at major championships with his constant ability to hit fairways, hit greens, and keep the three putts at bay. It's those abilities that he no longer holds in completion that made him such a brutal major championship competitor.
Adam Scott @ 15.00 - Adam Scott is a great pick for the PGA Championship because he has been consistently getting himself in the mix at majors for the last three years. The 2013 Masters Champion finished up in a tie for ninth in the most recent major championship and he has nine top ten finishes in the last four years worth of majors. The only real Achilles heel of the current world number one is his putting and poor putting is a terrible affliction to have at a major championship with slick multi-tiered greens. Fortunately for Scott, the broomstick seems to be doing the trick for him these past few years. At odds of 15.00, a bet on Adam Scott is a must.
Phil Mickelson @ 17.00 - It looked like Phil Mickelson was going to add a missed cut at the Open Championship to his laundry list of disappointing finishes this season, but he finished right on the cut line and bounced back on the weekend with scores of 71 and 68. Even though this hasn't been Phil's best season, he is always underestimated by the online sportsbooks. Perhaps it's because we all got used to him being Tiger Woods whipping boy in the 1990's and early 2000's, but it's good news for punters that want to put some money on him. Phil won the PGA Championship back in 2005 and he hasn't missed a cut at the PGA since 1995. He also came ninth the last time the tournament was held at Valhalla and eighth the time before that.
Outside Shots to win the PGA Championship
Jim Furyk @ 41.00 - This should be a bet that every single golfer takes. Furyk was great at the Open Championship this year and he is perfect for the tight layout at Valhalla. He's currently taking charge at the RBC Canadian Open which proves he's still in fine form after his visit across the pond. The 2003 US Open Champion came second at the tournament last year and he made the cut in his two previous visits to Valhalla.
Dustin Johnson @ 29.00 - This is one of the few courses that Dustin doesn't have a huge advantage because of his length, but even with that edge taken out of the equation somewhat, you can't really deny how well he's started to play. After beginning the season fast with a victory at the WBC HSBC Champions tournament, he went on a slump that only started to subside when he landed in Royal Liverpool. He tied for twelve two weeks ago at the Open Championship and if not for a mediocre weekend, he would have easily been in the thick of it. He's very close to being named the best player without a major on tour and he's very close to denying himself that moniker.
Ryan Moore @ 101.00 - Moore is one of those players that we've been patiently waiting on to become a force on tour. The former UNLV stand out and US Amateur Champion has now notched two straight solid finishes at major championships and although he's probably not going to win, he certainly has the tools to do so. If we speak of his suitability to Valhalla specifically, he's ranked 15th in driving accuracy and 7th in greens in regulation. If he decides to improve his 59th spot on the putting stats for the week, he'll be walking away with at least a strong finish. Moore is perfect for an Each Way bet as well. You can add an additional Each Way wager to your outright win bet that will pay you out on Moore for a top five finish at 1/4 the odds.