2019 PGA Championship Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
The PGA Tour has been clicking along in 2019 with the updated schedule and now it’s already time for the PGA Championship! It was only a few weeks ago when the highlight of the season came as Tiger Woods powered his way through Augusta National for another Masters win and Major win. Now, after woods has taken a few weeks off, the famed player is one of the favorites to win this weekend.
Woods is among a handful of favored players under +2000 to win outright at Bethpage Black Course when the final round ends on Sunday. Woods comes in at +800 according to Intertops with his closest competitors riding in above the +1000 mark. Here’s every player under +2000 entering the opening round on Thursday.
To illustrate how far Tiger Woods has come in the last year you only need to look back to the odd for him winning the 2018 PGA Championship. This year he’s +900 while last year he came in at +2800. And, he almost walked away with the win. Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship in 2018 with Tiger coming in second place only two strokes behind.
Justin Thomas No Longer Factor as Past Winner
The biggest news of the day is that 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas has pulled his name from the field. Thomas is once again fighting a wrist injury which has forced him to exit, or never enter, a few tournaments this year. That leaves the door open for a Woods, Dustin Johnson, and Koepka battle! But, you can also add Rory McIlroy to the list.
McIlroy and Woods are the only two active PGA players in the field with multiple PGA Championship wins. Rory McIlroy has two, his first coming in 2012 with his second in 2014. Woods has won the Championship four times – none of which have come in the past ten years. His first came in 1999 which he followed with a second in 2000. Then he went back-to-back again in 2006 and 2007. Here are the past ten PGA Championship winners with their number of event wins and current odds heading into round one.
How the Championship Could Play Out
You have to factor in almost every player in this event coming in under +20000 as the PGA Championship is made up of past PGA Tour Winners, former event Champions and PGA TOUR players ranking high on the Official World Golf Rankings. There are some other qualifying methods but you get the picture.
Even a quick list at the last ten winners proves the point that a hot player can last all four rounds and walk away with the Championship even if they are not one of the biggest names in the game. It happened for Jimmy Walker in 2016 and Martin Kaymer in 2010 as well as Yang Yong-eun in 2009.
However, this year may be a year where the oddsmakers are firmly dialed in with a solid crop of favorites. Woods comes in strong with a Masters win in his pocket, a solid 2019, and the fact that he came in second at the PGA Championship last year.
In the end, the players in the hunt may just be chasing Rory McIlroy as he’s solidifying his name as one of the greats at the top-level of the game. McIlroy won the PLAYERS Championship and the WGC Mexico this season and has finished inside the top-ten eight of the ten events he’s played this season. There’s a reason for this as McIlroy is No. 1 in strokes gained per round at 2.7 on the PGA TOUR.