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.
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:
Awesome to win my first WGC today at one of my favorite venues... Firestone CC! Thanks everyone for all the support, another big week ahead!— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) August 4, 2014
Rory McIlroy wins his 2nd straight start and will regain the World's Number 1 ranking for the first time since March 2013.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 3, 2014
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.
Fine weekend for Graeme McDowell as he goes 66,66 and it looks like another top ten to maintain impressive and well timed momentum.— Iain Carter (@iaincartergolf) August 3, 2014
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.
Which player makes for the better wager?
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.
Stats via PGATour.com.