Golf is a little strange in that their season starts at the tail end of a year and carries over into the next. The tournaments played prior to the start of the New Year are usually smaller events that serve as a bit of a warm-up for players. In fact, you will have some guys that choose to sit those out in favor of the bigger tournaments that come when the calendar rolls over. With that in mind, you might wonder why we are starting to look at the majors, which are still months away. The main reason is that you will not get better odds on the top players than what are available now. Sure, it’s a bit of a risky bet, as some guys may be stone cold once the majors roll around, but I think it’s a chance worth taking. Last week, we looked at The Masters, and this time around we are looking at the PGA Championship, which is set to go on May 18-21 at the Oak Hill East Course. Let’s look at the Golf Odds and current favorites.
PGA 2023 Championship Favorites and Their Odds to Win
Rory McIlroy (+1075)
It’s perhaps a little odd to describe the current FedEx Cup Champion as a bit of a risky bet for this tournament but hear me out. McIlroy has won this tournament twice in the past, but his last win came in 2014. That is not the main reason he is a risky bet, though. It is because the last 7 winners of the PGA Championship have all hailed from the United States. Now, counting the Irishman out because of that run might well be something we come to regret, as this is a player who is arguably in the best form of his career.
Jon Rahm (+1075)
Again, the bookies are looking outside of the US for a potential winner, and you have to say that Rahm is a good place to land. The Spaniard is one of the most consistent players on the tour, but that consistency does not necessarily always translate to wins. Rahm, though, is a guy you can make money on by playing him to land in the top 5 or top 10. Sure, you don’t bank as much money, but he gets there so often that you progressively build your bankroll by sticking with him to be among the leaders at the end of the tournament.
Justin Thomas (+1225)
Now, if you were of the mind to take a chance and get a wager going today on the PGA Championship, this might just be the way to go. Like we mentioned earlier, it has been the Americans who have dominated this tournament of late, so Thomas very much fits the profile with that alone. Add the fact that he has won it twice, including last season, and you have yourself a very good looking pick. The chances of his odds staying this high between now and the start of the tournament seem slim to none to me, and I would be very tempted to slap a few bucks on him at this price.