The 99th PGA Championship will be the final major tournament of the golf betting season and it will take place for the first time at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina from August 10th-13th.
- Par: 71
- Length: 7,600 yards (6,949 m)
- Field: 156 players
- Prize fund: $10,500,000
- Winner’s share: $1,890,000
Winning this event has many perks such as automatic invitation to play in the other three majors for the next five years, exemption from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life, membership on the PGA and European Tours for the following five seasons, and invitations to The Players Championship for five years. Therefore, the following favourites (with online betting odds for fans who bet on golf) will be eager to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.
Jordan Spieth (+510)
Coming off a T13 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Spieth is poised to join Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods and become only the fifth golfer to complete the career grand slam after winning the 2015 Masters and US Open and this year’s Open Championship. Spieth was the PGA Championship runner-up in 2015 and tied for 13th place in 2016. He has five top 20 finishes in his last six outings.
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Rory McIlroy (+710)
Wee Mac is a two-time PGA Championship winner (2012 and 2014) and he seems to have finally gotten his stuff together. After two straight missed cuts on the European Tour McIlroy had back-to-back top five finishes; T4 in the British Open and T5 at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational. The Northern Irish golfer is always a golf betting favourite at Quail Hollow – he won the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship and the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship also held on that course.
Dustin Johnson (+760)
DJ’s major woes began when he missed the cut in the 2016 PGA Championship; from then on he withdrew from the Masters, missed cut at the US Open, and finished T54 in the Open Championship. Having said that, it would appear as if the Quail Hollow’s configuration – in particular its length – is perfect for Johnson’s brand of golf. DJ leads the PGA Tour in driving distance and averages 313.9 yards per drive. The World No. 1 has two straight top 20 finishes; T8 at the RBC Canadian Open and T17 in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.
Hideki Matsuyama (+1825)
The Japanese dropped to 3rd in the World Golf Rankings but nonetheless continues his hot streak that began with a runner-up finish at the US Open. Matsuyama tied for 14th place in the British Open and won his second World Golf Championship – the Bridgestone Invitational, where he defeated Zach Johnson by five strokes. He had his best finish ever at the PGA Championship last year (T4).
Rickie Fowler +1725
Young Fowler is coming off a solo 9 at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, his fifth top 10 finish in his last seven starts.
Jason Day (+1825)
The Aussie knows what it’s like to win the PGA Championship as well as defeating Spieth to do so, which he did in 2015.