The 2022 Masters Tournament is officially in the books and players now turn their attention to the PGA Championship this week.
The year’s second major championship is set to take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Southern Hills Country Club as it will look to follow up not only the Masters, but last year’s dramatic finish at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
A trio of players sit at the top of the PGA Championship betting board at Bodog as the topplayer in the world, Scottie Scheffler, is listed as the tournament favorite, at +1100 odds.
He is followed closely by Jon Rahm (+1400), Justin Thomas (+1600), Rory McIlroy (+1600) and Jordan Spieth (+1800) to round out the top five names on the oddsboard.
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Scottie Scheffler Looks To Keep On Rolling
The world No. 1, Scottie Scheffler, has now won four of his last six tournaments after his memorable victory at the Masters in early April. Quickly ascending to the top spot in the world of golf, the Texan will attempt to keep his momentum rolling into the PGA Championship.
It was at this tournament in August 2020 that Scheffler experienced his first close call on the big stage. At TPC Harding Park just outside San Francisco, he was upended by another young star in the game, Collin Morikawa, eventually finishing in a tie for fourth place.
After a top-10 effort at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in 2021, Scheffler is sure to be a force in this year’s edition of the tournament. Listed at +1100 at Bodog, the 25-year-old is one of the three favorites for the PGA Championship.
The difference this year may be the fact that Scheffler has claimed Southern Hills is his “favorite course” in the world. He played his collegiate golf in the state of Texas and was known to take trips north to Oklahoma to play on the major championship venue.
Scheffler may be familiar with the property, but certain features of the course have changed in recent years as acclaimed golf architect Tom Doak and his team have renovated and recaptured the course’s original intent.
Will Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson Play?
Two of the biggest names in the game over the last couple of decades are in question ahead of the year’s second major championship. We will begin with the defending champion, Phil Mickelson, who captured his sixth major championship last year at Kiawah Island.
The future Hall of Famer held off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to become the oldest man to ever capture a major championship.
Last seen on the PGA Tour in January, Mickelson has since taken a leave of absence to get away from the spotlight. The 51-year-old was allegedly an integral part of the new rival tour, the Saudi Golf League, as he attempted to use this endeavor as a potential negotiation point with the PGA Tour.
Golf fans will wait with bated breath to hear if Mickelson decides to defend his PGA Championship title.
Mickelson is not alone as his longtime rival, Tiger Woods, did not confirm or deny his intentions to play in the PGA Championship. Telling Sky Sports he intends to play in the Open Championship in July, Woods has left the majority of his summer schedule unknown.
He has since taken a scouting trip to Southern Hills where those on the grounds confirmed his presence. In all likelihood, the 15-time major champion will take part in the PGA Championship unless he experiences any setbacks.
This is major news as Woods won the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills and marked the last instance he raised the Wanamaker Trophy.
The 46-year-old was last seen at the Masters where he finished in solo 47th after he entered the weekend in contention before ultimately falling down the leaderboard.
Is Another First-Time Major Winner Lurking?
The PGA Championship has been kind to first-time major champions in the past. Since 2011, six first-timers have come through, including Collin Morikawa in 2020 and Justin Thomas in 2017. Not only have premier players in the game raised the Wanamaker Trophy, but also those players who have shot into obscurity.
Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker have all won this championship and could provide a path in for another outside winner. Given the depth of the top of the fields on the PGA Tour in 2022, a surprise victor seems unlikely. However, that is not to say a first-time winner will not come through as some of the game’s elite are still without a major championship on their resumes.
Those would include the likes of Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. Smith was in with a chance at the Masters before a disastrous swing on the par-3 12th led to a triple bogey in the final round and dashed any hope. He and the three other men are sure to factor in Tulsa for the PGA Championship.
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Patrick Cantlay To Win (+2000)
The world No. 5 has been unbelievable since the 2021 FedExCup playoffs and he continues to be disrespected in the betting market. Cantlay has stuttered in the bigger tournaments in 2022 as he missed the cut at the Players Championship and was a non-factor at the Masters.
However, he is still contending on a regular basis and Southern Hills could be the perfect golf course where his major woes finally come to an end.
He has six top-10 finishes in 10 starts in 2022, including a victory in his last start out at the Zurich Classic alongside Xander Schauffele. He was noticeably the better of the two and this performance followed up a runner-up at the RBC Heritage where a poor break was his undoing in a playoff against Jordan Spieth.
This marked his second playoff loss of the season and combined with his other top-10 finishes, it would be more surprising if Cantlay’s name wasn’t on the leaderboard over the weekend at the PGA Championship.
Southern Hills will require competitors to possess a complete game, especially around the greens. This test should play right into Cantlay’s hands as he is arguably the most well-rounded player in the world.
Will Zalatoris To Win (+4000)
The former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year has become a fixture in major championships. Zalatoris finished runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama in the 2021 Masters and more recently notched a top-10 finish at Augusta National.
He also performed well at the U.S. Open in 2020 when players took to Winged Foot and has constantly performed his best when firm and fast conditions present themselves.
He finished runner-up to Luke List at the Farmers Insurance Open, the site of last season’s U.S. Open, and admittedly should have won. This is just one more case of Zalatoris playing his best golf when the going gets tough and he will go into the PGA Championship in tremendous form.
In addition to his play at the Masters, Zalatoris has sandwiched a pair of top-10 finishes. The Wake Forest product performed well at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and even finished in a tie for sixth with Davis Riley at the Zurich Classic.
Over the last 24 rounds, he has been the best ball-striker on the PGA Tour and this could propel him into contention at Southern Hills. His chipping has been improving and the putter has looked much better of late. If the flat stick cooperates, Zalatoris’ first victory on the PGA Tour may also be the first major championship of his career.
Shane Lowry To Win (+3500)
It has been two years since Lowry’s Open Championship title at Royal Portrush, but it now appears he is playing the best golf of his career. The Irishman has not missed a cut worldwide in 2022 as he began his year with back-to-back top-25 finishes on the DP World Tour in the desert of the Middle East.
He has since taken his talents to the United States and the strong play, and more importantly the quality results, have followed.
He lost by one stroke at the Honda Classic in early February and despite being given a poor weather break, he has continued to keep his chin up. The Florida swing was amazing for Lowry after the Honda Classic, finishing inside the top 15 at both the Players Championship and the Valspar Championship.
The 35-year-old captured consecutive third-place finishes at the Masters and the RBC Heritage. He was a poor nine-hole stretch away from giving Scheffler a run for his money at Augusta National but was unable to apply proper pressure. He likely should have won in Hilton Head, but poor short-game shots and untimely missed putts let him down.
Lowry has a complete game at the moment and is playing like a top-10 player in the world, making me believe there is still value in this number for the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
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How to Read PGA Championship Odds
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If sportsbooks have Rory McIlroy as the +1000 favorite in PGA Championship odds, that means a $100 bet on him to win the tournament would pay out $1,100 – your bet amount of $100 plus winnings of $1,000.
It’s incredibly tough to win major championships and the PGA Championship is no different, so there is risk involved in pre-tournament bets given the significant amount of competition in the field. But McIlroy’s immense talent and past success in majors makes him an appealing option despite the shorter odds.
On the other side of the fence, a golfer like Brandt Snedeker would be considered a long shot to emerge triumphant at the PGA Championship. According to the latest PGA Championship odds, Snedeker has +20000 odds to go all the way. A $100 bet on him to win outright would pay out $20,100 – your $100 is returned coupled with your winnings of $20,000.
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When and where is the 2022 PGA Championship?
The 2022 PGA Championship will take place May 19-22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more golf futures information, including weekly tournaments and the four majors, head over to our PGA Tour Futures page.
What kinds of bets can I make on the PGA Championship?
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Is the PGA Championship a major tournament?
Yes, the PGA Championship is one of the four major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour, along with the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship. To stay up to date on the latest golf content, make sure you check out our Golf page.
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