PGA Championship 2014 Favorites: Updated Vegas Odds for Golf's Elite Talent

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2014

Rory McIlroy tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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The fourth and final major of the season for men’s golf is the 2014 PGA Championship starting Thursday, August 7, from Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Those fans looking to make a wager on the action this weekend will be trying to find the favorites with the best chance at stealing the show and walking away with the championship.

Here is a full breakdown of the odds for the top competitors and the safest bet of the week.


2014 PGA Championship Odds
Player Odds
Rory McIlroy 5-1
Adam Scott 12-1
Sergio Garcia 14-1
Justin Rose 16-1
Rickie Fowler 20-1
Martin Kaymer 22-1
Bubba Watson 25-1
Henrik Stenson 25-1
Jordan Spieth 25-1
Phil Mickelson 25-1
Matt Kuchar 28-1
Tiger Woods 28-1
Jason Day 33-1
Jason Dufner 33-1
Jim Furyk 33-1
Brandt Snedeker 40-1
Charl Schwartzel 40-1
Graeme McDowell 40-1
Keegan Bradley 40-1
Lee Westwood 40-1
Luke Donald 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Zach Johnson 40-1

*Odds via


Safest Bet of the Week: Rory McIlroy (5-1 Odds)

The safest bet of the 2014 PGA Championship is Rory McIlroy at 5-1 odds.

Unless they have been living under a rock, golf fans understand just how much momentum McIlroy is carrying into this week’s major tournament. Not only did he win the 2014 British Open, but he followed it up last week with a victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The official Twitter of the PGA Tour shared McIlroy’s recent dominance:

As McIlroy sits atop the world standings entering the PGA Championship, he will have to channel the success he found at the event in 2012 when he dominated the final major of the year and took home the trophy. The Irish-born player will look to repeat his feat in 2014.

When asked about his thoughts on winning the Bridgestone Invitational and the mental toughness it required, McIlroy told about his play and what it took to win:

It was the most comfortable I've ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there [on Sunday]. I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn't feel like a fourth round.

When I say mentally it's the best I've ever been, I didn't get ahead of myself. I didn't start to think about my score. I didn't think about where I was in the tournament, I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot.

McIlroy’s success begins with his driver. While he is not one of the biggest men on tour at 5'9", his average drive of 310.3 yards is third-best and a major reason he has been so good over the last several months.

Add in his elite iron play, his ability to putt well from any distance (he’s ranked 19th on tour in total putting) and the mental toughness he has shown to overcome his second-round blues, and McIlroy has all the elements of his game working well at the same time.

The recent success should be enough to have gamblers running to the window to lay down a bet on McIlroy, and his history at the tournament only helps convince those on the fence that this is a good idea. He has played in the event each of the last five years, finishing in the top 10 four times and winning once.

If you’re looking to make a wager, McIlroy is the safest bet.

Predicted Finish: Winner of the 2014 PGA Championship


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