PGA Preview 2020 PGA Championship

Time for the first PGA Major of the year – finally! The 2020 PGA Championship is next up and the question is simple – can Brooks Koepka with three Championships in a row? Oddsmakers think it’s a good possibility as Koepka comes in at +1000 just behind Justin Thomas at +900

Both are Champs as Koepka won the PGA Championship last season following his previous win in 2018. Thomas won the Championship in 2017.

Here are the top-five favorites to win the 2020 PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas +900

Brooks Koepka +1000

Rory McIlroy +1200

Jon Rahm +1400

Bryson DeChambeau +1600

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Out of the five above, the only other player to win the PGA Championship is Rory McIlroy who comes in at +1200 for the event. McIlroy won the tournament in 2014. Complete odds are listed below.

2020 PGA Championship Info

Where:            San Francisco, California

Course:           TPC Harding Park

Par:                 72

Length:            7,251 (for PGA play)

When:             Aug 6 – Aug 9, 2020

Purse:              $11.00 million

TV Coverage: CBS/ESPN

TPC Harding Park is a municipal course in San Fransico that is now a TPC venue. It has undergone multiple improvements over the years. The last major update took place in 2003 with a re-grassing project in 2014. In preparation for the PGA Championship, the fairways were narrowed and the rough will reportedly be over 3 inches thick.

Look for shortened drives, somewhat due to the thick air, into targeted landing areas to avoid Cypress trees to maximize second shots towards the large greens. The greens don’t have much slope which means pin placement will be geared towards forcing players to avoid the trees as much as possible.

If you don’t believe all of the hype about the trees on the course – then maybe you should consider what Tiger Woods had to say about them.

“Yeah, do not hit the ball in these trees. You may not be seeing it again.”

Jon Rahm +1400

Jon Rahm won the Memorial two weeks ago but had a slight hiccup last week finishing T52 at the St Jude Invitational. That was a very uncharacteristic finish for the player from Spain who played at Arizona State. He’s ranked tenth in FedEx points and now No. 2 on the OWGR. He has one win, two tournaments where he was in lone second place, and seven top-25 finishes this season.

Bryson DeChambeau +1600

The last two weeks have not been the best for Bryson DeChambeau finishing T30 and missing the cut the week prior. But, he does have a win this year and was riding a seven tournament streak where he finished T8 or better. His only issue may be overplaying his driver on such a tight course.

Tiger Woods +2800

This is purely a gut-pick based on the fact that Tiger Woods won the Masters last year when many predicted he would not make the cut. Woods, at +2800, does not rely on the power of his driver as he did in his younger days – that’s a plus at this course.

Others I Like

Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson – Last week Koepka finally began to look like the player he was the two previous seasons. His knee surgery is still in the recovery stages. However, he can’t be counted out after last week and he’s certainly worth placing in a fantasy lineup at the least.

Mickelson, like Koepka, put on a show last week in Memphis entering the final rounds as a threat to the leaders. The lefty, who is a long-shot at +8000, could add a second PGA Championship to his resume. His first came in 2005.

2020 PGA Championship Odds

Justin Thomas +900

Brooks Koepka +1000

Rory McIlroy +1200

Jon Rahm +1400

Bryson DeChambeau +1600

Dustin Johnson +2000

Xander Schauffele +2000

Patrick Cantlay +2500

Webb Simpson +2500

Tiger Woods +2800

Collin Morikawa +3300

Jason Day +4000

Rickie Fowler +4000

Patrick Reed +4000

Tommy Fleetwood +4000

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Hideki Matsuyama +4000

Tyrrell Hatton +4000

Daniel Berger +4000

Tony Finau +4000

Matthew Fitzpatrick +4000

Gary Woodland +4000

Adam Scott +5000

Justin Rose +5000

Viktor Hovland +5000

Jordan Spieth +5000

Abraham Ancer +5000

Sungjae Im +6600

Sergio Garcia +6600

Marc Leishman +6600

Louis Oosthuizen +6600

Shane Lowry +6600

Matt Kuchar +8000

Phil Mickelson +8000

Brendon Todd +8000

Billy Horschel +9000

Paul Casey +9000

Henrik Stenson +10000

Bubba Watson +10000

Matthew Wolff +10000

Chez Reavie +10000

Scottie Scheffler +10000

Byeong-Hun An +10000

Tom Lewis +12500

Matt Wallace +12500

Joaquin Niemann +12500

Kevin Kisner +12500

Danny Willett +12500

Max Homa +12500

Ian Poulter +12500

Corey Conners +15000

Adam Hadwin +15000

Brandt Snedeker +15000

Kevin Na +15000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +15000

Cameron Champ +15000

Erik Van Rooyen +15000

Lucas Glover +15000

Ryan Palmer +15000

Harris English +15000

Kevin Streelman +15000

Brendan Steele +15000

Richy Werenski +15000

Joel Dahmen +15000

Charl Schwartzel +20000

Bernd Wiesberger +20000

Keegan Bradley +20000

Cameron Smith +20000

Zach Johnson +20000

Rory Sabbatini +20000

Emiliano Grillo +20000

Jim Furyk +20000

Luke List +20000

Joost Luiten +20000

Dylan Frittelli +20000

Russell Henley +20000

JT Poston +20000

Michael Thompson +20000

Matthias Schwab +20000

Mackenzie Hughes +20000

Brian Harman +20000

Si-Woo Kim +25000

Scott Piercy +25000

Martin Kaymer +25000

Graeme McDowell +25000

Troy Merritt +25000

Robert Macintyre +25000

Rafael Cabrera Bello +25000

Talor Gooch +25000

Jason Dufner +25000

Joohyung Kim +25000

Andrew Putnam +25000

Jason Kokrak +25000

HaoTong Li +25000

Adam Long +25000

Sepp Straka +25000

Cameron Tringale +25000

Sung Kang +30000

Nick Taylor +30000

Keith Mitchell +30000

Doc Redman +30000

Harold Varner III +30000

Lanto Griffin +30000

Marcus Kinhult +30000

Kurt Kitayama +30000

Danny Lee +30000

Andrew Landry +30000

Sebastian Munoz +30000

Bud Cauley +30000

Denny McCarthy +30000

Jimmy Walker +40000

Jorge Campillo +40000

Michael Lorenzo-Vera +40000

Tom Hoge +40000

Vaughn Taylor +40000

Mark Hubbard +40000

Carlos Ortiz +40000

Wyndham Clark +40000

Brian Stuard +40000

Tyler Duncan +40000

Victor Perez +50000

C T Pan +50000

Jazz Janewattananond +50000

Benjamin Hebert +50000

Steve Stricker +50000

Matt Jones +50000

Ryo Ishikawa +50000

Chan Kim +50000

Nate Lashley +50000

Lucas Hebert +50000

Shaun Norris +75000

Jim Herman +100000

Davis Love III +100000

Ken Tanigawa +150000

Rich Beem +150000

Jeff Hart +200000

Rod Perry +200000

Justin Bertsch +200000

Jason Caron +200000

JR Roth +200000

Shawn Warren +200000

Judd Gibb +200000

John O'Leary +200000

Ben Cook +200000

Bob Sowards +200000

Ryan Vermeer +200000

Shaun Micheel +200000

Rob Labritz +250000

Marty Jertson +250000

Danny Balin +250000

Alex Beach +250000

David Muttitt +250000

Mike Auterson +250000

Alex Knoll +250000

Rich Berberian Jr +250000

Zach J Johnson +400000

About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

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·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

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·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

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·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

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·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

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