PGA Championship: Odds, Preview and Predictions

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pga-championship-odds-2016The PGA Championship tournament will be held July 28-31, 2016. Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey is the host course and TNT and CBS will televise the event live.

The final major tournament of the year is upon us when the PGA Championship returns to Baltusrol Golf Club for the first time since 2005. The Wanamaker trophy is up for grabs and the usual suspects are favored to win.

Favorites to Win the PGA Championship Tournament

Jason Day at +750, Rory McIlroy at +800 and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson at +850 are the betting favorites. The odds look similar to the Open Championship predictions back in the beginning of the month.

The second tier includes Jordan Spieth (+1200), Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson (+1300) and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson (+1800).

The winners of the first three majors in 2016 have all been first-time major winners. Danny Willett (+5800) wears the Green Jacket from the Masters, Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open and Henrik Stenson became the first Swede to win a major by capturing the Open Championship. This trend could very well continue next week in Springfield.

Baltusrol Golf Club

Over the years, Baltusrol Golf Club has welcomed several big-time events and this will mark it’s second PGA Championship. In all, Baltusrol has hosted seven U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Opens and two U.S. Women’s Open’s. The course is an old school layout that was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1918.

The layout has withstood the test of time and new technology and is pretty much the same course as it was fifty years ago. It is a great course and one that Jack Nicklaus lists as one of his favorites. I can’t wait to watch the tournament, but sadly, it’s the last major of the year.

Current 2016 PGA Championship Golf Odds

Jason Day +750
Rory McIlroy +800
Dustin Johnson +850
Jordan Spieth +1200
Phil Mickelson +2000
Justin Rose +2300
Rickie Fowler +2500
Adam Scott +2600
Bubba Watson +2800
Sergio Garcia +3200
Martin Kaymer +4000
Patrick Reed +4200
Brooks Koepka +4400
Zach Johnson +4800
Louis Oosthuizen +5000
Matt Kuchar +5000
Hideki Matsuyama +5200
Branden Grace +5500
Charl Schwartzel +5500
Danny Willett +5800
Jim Furyk +6000
Paul Casey +6400
Brandt Snedeker +6600
Keegan Bradley +8500
Lee Westwood +7500
Shane Lowry +7700
Kevin Kisner +9000
Justin Thomas +7800
J.B. Holmes +8200
Jimmy Walker +8400
Matthew Fitzpatrick +9000
Byeong Hun An +9100
Jason Dufner +9500
Billy Horschel +10000
Webb Simpson +10000
Luke Donald +10000
Steve Stricker +10500
Kevin Chappell +10500
Russell Knox +11000
Marc Leishman +11000
Gary Woodland +11500
Andy Sullivan +12000
Tony Finau +12000
Daniel Berger +12500
Rafa Cabrera Bello +12500

(Odds courtesy of Bookmaker.eu as of July 22, 2016)

ODDS ANALYSIS

DUSTIN JOHNSON

He has finally figured it out and plays well every week. He hits it so well that he contends even when he is putting poorly. It’s tough to win two majors in one year but Johnson has the talent and the attitude to get the job done.

PATRICK REED

The chubby one offers gamers great value at +4200. His nine top 10’s are second best on the PGA Tour this year. Despite being on the wrong side of the draw at the Open Championship, Reed finished T12, his best finish in a major championship.

Reed hasn’t won in 18 months, which is definitely a concern, but as I mentioned above, the first three majors in 2016 were won by first timers, which bodes well for Reed. Also, PGA history is full of examples of top players losing to underdogs.

RAFA CABRERA-BELLO

The Spaniard is my longshot special. Bello at +12500 is a real bargain. The Spaniard doesn’t have much experience in major championships, but he has the type of game to make some noise in New Jersey next week at the PGA Championship.

DANIEL BERGER and BROOKS KOEPKA

Berger (+12500) and Koepka (+4400) are two players to stay away from. Both players are battling injuries. Berger has a bad wrist and Koepka a bum ankle.

Berger hasn’t played in over a month and Koepka had to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational after 15 holes. Neither are worth a play in any format.

The PGA Championship gets underway July 28-31, 2016. Watch and wager on the action live as TNT and CBS broadcast the tournament.

For more sports updates and predictions check out our odds section.

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