PGA Championship 2014: Latest Odds and Betting Tips for Golf's Top Contenders

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The 2014 PGA Championship begins Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, and golf fans are looking for the latest odds and betting tips for top contenders at the final major of the season.

For those making wagers on the tournament, the key will be finding a favorite with the best chance to win and a sleeper worthy of a hefty wager. Placing the right bet on the PGA Championship can pay off huge.

Here are the latest odds and betting tips for the year's final major.

Latest 2014 PGA Championship Odds
Player Odds
Rory McIlroy9-2
Adam Scott11-1
Justin Rose16-1
Sergio Garcia16-1
Phil Mickelson20-1
Rickie Fowler20-1
Henrik Stenson25-1
Keegan Bradley28-1
Matt Kuchar28-1
Bubba Watson33-1
Jim Furyk33-1
Tiger Woods33-1
Charl Schwartzel35-1
Graeme McDowell35-1
Jordan Spieth35-1
Marc Leishman40-1
Martin Kaymer40-1
Hideki Matsuyama50-1
Jason Day50-1
Jimmy Walker50-1
Patrick Reed50-1
Brandt Snedeker55-1
Hunter Mahan66-1
Jason Dufner66-1
Lee Westwood66-1
Ryan Moore66-1
Zach Johnson66-1
Angel Cabrera80-1
Luke Donald80-1
Steve Stricker80-1
Victor Dubuisson80-1
Webb Simpson80-1
Bill Haas100-1
Brendon Todd100-1
Gary Woodland100-1
Graham Delaet100-1
Harris English100-1
Ian Poulter100-1
J.B. Holmes100-1
Louis Oosthuizen100-1
Nick Watney100-1
Paul Casey100-1
Robert Karlsson 100-1

Odds via Oddschecker.


Betting Tips for 2014 PGA Championship

When you place a wager on golf, it is important that you don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Instead of letting it all ride on a safe bet such as Rory McIlroy or Adam Scott, bettors should diversify their wagers and give themselves the best chance to make money.

The PGA Championship is notorious for giving underdogs the chance to shine, so gamblers will be looking to cash in on a player’s unexpected success.

The easiest way to ensure success is to place two wagers, one on a favorite you feel confident in and another on a player with long-shot odds and momentum coming into the event. The two players golf fans should be targeting are McIlroy at 9-2 odds and Graeme McDowell at 35-1 odds.

McIlroy is the safest pick. While a wager on the Irish star may not pay off the way many are looking for in a wager, he is coming into this tournament as the hottest player on the PGA Tour. Not only did he win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week, but he also won the British Open earlier in July.

After his win at the Bridgestone Invitational, McIlroy took to Twitter to comment on his success, and ESPN Stats & Info shared his new world ranking:

While McIlroy is the favorite due to his recent success and his previous dominant victory at the PGA Championship in 2012, gamblers should also be placing wagers on McDowell.

This bet is a long shot, but it will pay off big if the veteran steals the show.

McDowell started building momentum with his 28th-place finish at the U.S. Open in June and hasn’t looked back. He went on to finish ninth at the British Open, ninth at the RBC Canadian Open and eighth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

The key for McDowell at Valhalla will be accuracy with his irons and his ability to convert putts. McDowell is not the longest or most accurate driver, but the course the tour visits this week awards players for patience and smart plays.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed course was built to challenge players by forcing them to use irons, wedges and the putter more than anything else. If there was ever a place McDowell could thrive without depending on his biggest clubs, it would be Valhalla.

With both McIlroy and McDowell possessing the ability and the momentum to win at the 2014 PGA Championship, those looking to place wagers should make two smart investments and be patient as they reap the reward.


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