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.

 

Tiger Woods+900
Dustin Johnson+1000
Brooks Koepka+1100
Rory McIlroy+1100
Justin Rose+1800
Jon Rahm+1800
Rickie Fowler+1800

 

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.


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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.

 

2018Brooks Koepka/ 1+1100
2017Justin Thomas/ 1withdrawn
2016Jimmy Walker/ 1+20000
2015Jason Day/ 1+2500
2014Rory McIlroy/ 2+1100
2013Jason Dufner/ 1+15000
2012Rory McIlroy/ 2+1100
2011Keegan Bradley / 1+12500
2010Martin Kaymer/ 1+15000
2009Yang Yong-eun/ 1+75000

 

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.

Intertops' Odds for 2019 PGA Championship

 

Tiger Woods+900
Dustin Johnson+1000
Brooks Koepka+1100
Rory McIlroy+1100
Justin Rose+1800
Jon Rahm+1800
Rickie Fowler+1800
Francesco Molinari+2000
Jason Day+2500
Xander Schauffele+2500
Tommy Fleetwood+2800
Bryson DeChambeau+2800
Tony Finau+3300
Jordan Spieth+4000
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Patrick Cantlay+4000
Adam Scott+4000
Bubba Watson+5000
Patrick Reed+5000
Sergio Garcia+5000
Paul Casey+5000
Matt Kuchar+5000
Louis Oosthuizen+5500
Henrik Stenson+5500
Phil Mickelson+6000
Webb Simpson+6000
Gary Woodland+6600
Marc Leishman+6600
Kevin Kisner+8000
Ian Poulter+8000
Cameron Smith+10000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+10000
Lucas Glover+10000
Sung-Jae Im+12500
Billy Horschel+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Tyrrell Hatton+12500
Matthew Fitzpatrick+12500
Aaron Wise+12500
HaoTong Li+12500
Matt Wallace+12500
Ryan Moore+12500
Keegan Bradley+12500
Emiliano Grillo+12500
Charley Hoffman+12500
Thorbjorn Olesen+12500
Zach Johnson+12500
Branden Grace+12500
Brandt Snedeker+12500
Alex Noren+12500
Charl Schwartzel+12500
Sung Kang+12500
Si-Woo Kim+15000
Shane Lowry+15000
Jhonattan Vegas+15000
Byeong-Hun An+15000
Lucas Bjerregaard+15000
Daniel Berger+15000
Ryan Palmer+15000
Jason Kokrak+15000
Charles Howell III+15000
Martin Kaymer+15000
C T Pan+15000
Graeme McDowell+15000
Jim Furyk+15000
Pat Perez+15000
Thomas Pieters+15000
Lee Westwood+15000
Eddie Pepperell+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
Justin Harding+15000
Jason Dufner+15000
Scott Piercy+15000
Kevin Na+17500
Russell Knox+17500
Luke List+17500
Erik Van Rooyen+20000
Adam Hadwin+20000
Jimmy Walker+20000
Abraham Ancer+20000
Joost Luiten+20000
Max Homa+20000
Corey Conners+20000
Julian Suri+20000
Jorge Campillo+20000
Kevin Tway+20000
J.B. Holmes+20000
Brian Harman+20000
Chez Reavie+20000
Cameron Champ+20000
Kyle Stanley+20000
Sam Burns+20000
Tom Lewis+25000
Andrew Putnam+25000
David Lipsky+25000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+25000
Ryan Fox+25000
Beau Hossler+25000
Danny Willett+25000
Ross Fisher+25000
Michael Thompson+25000
Richard Sterne+25000
Steve Stricker+25000
Chesson Hadley+25000
Lucas Herbert+25000
Dylan Frittelli+30000
Danny Lee+30000
Mikko Korhonen+30000
JJ Spaun+30000
Brian Gay+30000
Kurt Kitayama+30000
Patton Kizzire+30000
Padraig Harrington+30000
Troy Merritt+30000
Adrian Otaegui+40000
Jazz Janewattananond+40000
Shugo Imahira+40000
Ryan Armour+40000
Bronson Burgoon+40000
Harold Varner III+40000
Alexander Bjork+40000
Brandon Stone+40000
Adam Long+50000
Shaun Norris+50000
Satoshi Kodaira+50000
Michael Kim+50000
Vijay Singh+50000
Davis Love III+50000
Martin Trainer+50000
Brendan Jones+50000
Yong Eun Yang+75000
John Daly+100000
Rod Perry+200000
John O'Leary+200000
Stuart Deane+200000
Jeffrey Schmid+200000
Brian Mackey+200000
Ben Cook+200000
Tyler Hall+200000
Rich Beem+200000
Shaun Micheel+200000
Justin Bertsch+200000
Craig Hocknull+200000
Craig Bowden+200000
Rob Labritz+200000
Ryan Vermeer+200000
Rich Berberian Jr+200000
Casey Russell+200000
Danny Balin+200000
Cory Schneider+200000
Marty Jertson+200000
Alex Beach+200000
Andrew Filbert+200000

 

 

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