Golf’s finest are in Long Island for this week’s PGA Championship. Meanwhile, the remainder of golf fans and bettors are lining up at the sportsbooks. Before you place your bets, check out our rundown of props for the upcoming PGA Championship.
War Of The Worlds
With a healthy Tiger Woods on the prowl, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t the most talented field to ever square off for a PGA title. With that in mind, FanDuel Sportsbook has broken up the favorites by country. The favorites to finish as the top American player overall are Brooks Koepka (+650), Dustin Johnson (+650) and Woods (+700). A few sleeper options were wagering on could be both Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau (+2600). If you’ll recall, Finau was in the final group alongside Woods and Francesco Molinari Sunday at the Masters. The usual suspects are favored over on the European side. Rory McIlroy (+380), Jon Rahm, Justin Rose (+650) and Molinari (+850) round out the favorites there. Koepka is the defending PGA champion, firing a four-round score of 16 under par.
Tiger vs. Rory
One of the more intriguing prop bets involves arguably the two biggest names in golf, Woods and McIlroy. In less than 24 hours, Woods has actually fallen back to the third-best odds to win the tournament. So, it makes sense that McIlroy (-122) is favored to finish with a better overall score than Woods (+100). Despite no major victories in the past five years, McIlroy has been remarkably consistent in the biggest tournaments. Since winning the PGA in 2014, McIlroy has eight top-ten finishes at a major. And, he’s actually accomplished that twice in each of the past four seasons. McIlroy is the safest option, but it is really hard to bet against Woods at the moment. Of course, he won the Masters in April, and also outperformed McIlroy at last year’s PGA, finishing 48 spots above the Irishman.
There are plenty of options for bettors looking for the boom-or-bust bets. 20 golfers are listed under the hole in one category, all sporting +10000 odds. Betting against a hole in one won’t win you as much at the sportsbooks (-102), but it is a pretty safe bet to offset any losses in this area. What are the possibilities of a wire to wire winner at the PGA? The odds (+1080) are certainly not in favor of that outcome. McIlroy (+620) is the betting favorite to birdie the fourth hole in each round at Bethpage Black, but this category is truly anyone’s guess. It’s not unusual to see a surprise leader after one round, but oddsmakers are betting against that at the PGA. Johnson (+2000) is favored to take a lead to the clubhouse Thursday evening. Can Woods play bogey free golf in round four if he’s holding the lead or chasing the leader? Woods has +2700 odds to pull that off, while Molinari (+2000) is actually the favorite to accomplish that feat come Sunday.