After his dominating performance in Akron, Ohio at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods is the clear favorite to win the 2013 PGA Championship. He is listed as a 7-2 favorite to win the tournament per The Spread.
Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, of course, but it is hard not to look at the world’s No. 1 player as the man to beat at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y.
In addition to his recent success, Woods has two top-six finishes in 2013 majors; he is No. 1 in adjusted scoring on the PGA Tour, and his accuracy off the tee was solid at the Bridgestone (62.5 percent).
Will Tiger make Oak Hill the site of his 15th major championship, or will one of the other favorites outshine him?
Lefty’s odds to win his second PGA Championship are listed at 15-1. Mickelson has already won the Open Championship this year, and a strong performance at Oak Hill would only add to his solid season.
He has ascended to No. 2 in golf’s world rankings behind Woods. Mickelson is ranked first on Tour in birdie average at 4.33 and tops in birdie or better conversion percentage at 35.97. A duel on Sunday with Woods wouldn’t be a shock to anyone.
Scott hasn’t played well since he won the Masters in April.
He finished 14th at the Bridgestone and has just one top-10 finish in six tournaments since his triumph at Augusta. Nonetheless, Scott has been solid in two of the three majors this year. His lone top-10 finish since the Masters came at the Open Championship when he tied for third.
His success in the majors is a big reason why oddsmakers like his chances in Rochester.
As exciting as it would be to see Woods win, Keegan Bradley is the name that jumps out as the man most likely to emerge victorious on Sunday.
His odds are listed at 35-1, but he’s coming off a solid showing at the Bridgestone, where he tied for second. Bradley is a former PGA Championship winner, and he’s had five top-four finishes this season.
He has made a habit of playing well this time of year.
In 2011, Bradley was 15th at the Bridgestone and won the PGA Championship. In 2012, he won the Bridgestone and finished third at the PGA. This tournament combination has been great to the 27-year-old from Vermont, and continuing his early-August trend to the tune of a second PGA Championship seems logical.
All stats per PGATour.com
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