Scottie Scheffler captured his first major victory with a dominating four days at Augusta National Golf Club to become the 86th winner of the Masters. With ANGC in the rearview, the next major on the schedule is the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, OK. Tournament play begins on May 19th and concludes on May 22nd. That being said, let’s dive into the early PGA Championship odds favorites and briefly touch on a few players further down on the list that might be a good value play at their current rate.
Early 2022 PGA Championship Odds Analysis | April 13th Edition
The field is typically considered the strongest of the major championships, with the highest strength of field rating according to the Official World Golf Rankings. There are several qualifications used to determine the field, highlighted by past winners, recent major winners, and leading money winners on the PGA Tour.
Phil Mickelson made history last year with a two-shot victory over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. At 50 years and 11 months, Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major. The win was his second PGA Championship and a sixth major victory.
Mickelson hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since the Farmers Insurance Open, and it is unclear if he will tee it up next month.
Diving into the early betting odds, the top of the list is topped with the best players in the world. Jon Rahm (+1100) is the pre-tournament favorite with a month out. Rahm hasn’t had his best stuff in recent tournaments but has four top-10s in ten events played.
Right behind Rahm are a trio of major winners in Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and world no. 1 Scottie Scheffler. You can grab one of those favorites at +1200. McIlroy charged back on Sunday to capture a solo second at the Masters. Scheffler has played out of his mind over the last six months, winning four of the previous six tournaments.
The next wave of players also has at least one major championship in their trophy case. The trio of Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau are currently at +1400 each. Johnson (T12) and Morikawa (5) had excellent showings at Augusta, and both love to add that third major trophy to their mantle.
Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka are next at +1600. Spieth can complete the career grand slam with a win but has finished T30 and T71 in his last two PGA Championships. Koepka owns a pair of Wanamaker Trophies and nearly added another to his resume last season.
Rounding out the top 10 is another streaking golfer Cameron Smith. The Australian already has a pair of victories in 2022 (Sentry Tournament of Champions, THE PLAYERS) and finished T3 at the Masters. Smith hasn’t had the same type of success at PGA Championship events as Augusta, with his best finish a T25 in six tries.
Other notable players who just missed the top-10 include Patrick Cantlay (+2000), Viktor Hovland, and Xander Schauffele (+2200). After those elite players, the odds dive with six players at +3500.
Vegas doesn’t give Mickelson (+8000) much of a shot to repeat at the age of 51, and if Tiger Woods tees it up at Southern Hills, you can grab him at +4000.