Bethpage Black Course is the site of the 101st PGA Championship. It could also become the site of Tiger Woods’ historic 16th major victory. FanDuel Sportsbook has a plethora of betting options for those looking for action on the world’s most popular golfer.
For the last month, Tiger Woods has been the betting favorite to win the PGA. Now, two days out from teeing off, Woods is suddenly tied with two golfers for the best odds to claim a major. Woods (+1100) shares those same odds with both Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. Woods was by himself as the favorite less than a week ago with +950 odds, followed by Johnson at +1100. Is it possible Woods won’t be a co-favorite by the time Thursday rolls around? Maybe, but Woods could bounce back up as the lone favorite, or fall down the rankings. He has a successful history at Bethpage Black, winning the 2002 U.S. Open on this very course, so any fall out of the top-three favorites would certainly come as a surprise. Koepka is the name to watch here. The 29-year-old is the defending PGA champion, winning last year’s edition by two strokes over Woods. He finished tied for second at last month’s Masters Tournament as well.
Once again, Woods is a co-favorite to lead the tournament after one round of play (+2000). He shares those odds with Johnson, followed closely by Rory McIlroy. Oddsmakers do expect Woods to fall back a bit in round two, though. He has only the third-highest odds (+1700) to finish round two as the leader in the clubhouse. He retains the favorite spot for round three (+1200). During his past win at the Masters, Woods’ third round was his best. He fired a third round score of 67. His four rounds at Augusta looked like this: 70, 68, 67, 70. The main takeaway is that Woods is thriving in rounds two and three. In round four, Woods merely needed to par the final few holes to hold off the rest of the field. If Woods is not leading the pack after three rounds, there is no need to worry. A month ago, Woods pulled off the first major win of his career when he didn’t lead the field heading to Sunday.
Tiger finishing within the top 40 is pretty much the safest bet one can place on the 43-year-old this weekend. He has finished in the top 40 in all but three career PGA Championships. That means he has accomplished that feat in 16-of-19 PGA Championships. He has great odds to do that once again (-380). If you want a bit of a bolder play, take Woods to finish top 30 at Bethpage Black (-260). Woods trails a few golfers, including Johnson, in this regard. Woods finishing in the top 20 (-138) is about a 50/50 proposition based off his PGA career. He has finished within the top 20 in 10-of-19 tournaments. As expected, every golfer has longer odds to complete Sunday in the top 10. Woods is no exception here (+154). If you’re picking Woods to win outright, you may think a parlay is worth a shot. Take Woods to finish top 5 as well (+290). Or, at the very least, place the bets separately in hopes of hitting one or both. Woods has eight finishes within the top five, including four PGA titles.