Tiger has not played well for the most part this season but bettors and odds makers still give him the most respect in PGA Championship odds.
PGA Championship betting lists Woods as the favorite with Phil Mickelson the second choice. That is exactly the way that most tournaments are when Woods and Mickelson are both in the field. This year neither of the two has played that well.
Television coverage of the PGA Championship begins on Thursday, August 12th on TNT with first round coverage. The network is also covering the second round and early third round coverage on Saturday. CBS picks up third round coverage on Saturday and they will do most of the final round coverage although TNT will have a small window on Sunday morning.
Last year it was Y.E. Yang winning in PGA Champion betting as a huge long shot. He is not getting much respect as the defending champion as his odds are very high again this year. Two years ago at the PGA it was Padraig Harrington winning the event and Harrington is one of the contenders this year. Tiger has not won the PGA since 2007. He also took the title in 2000 and in 2006. Mickelson won the PGA in 2005.
While Woods is the top choice in PGA Champion odds and Mickelson is the second choice, the real favorite should probably be Lee Westwood. He is in contention it seems in every major and he seems overdue to win one. The wind could be a factor at Whistling Straits and Westwood is an excellent player in the wind. Rory McIlroy is right with Westwood on the odds board following Woods and Mickelson. McIlroy has played very well in the majors this year and he is also accustomed to playing in the wind.
Also expected to be in contention in the PGA are Wisconsin native Steve Stricker and Ernie Els. Both golfers are capable of having a great week as is Paul Casey who has been a factor in majors this year. He drives the ball well and that should help him at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin where this year’s PGA is being held.