PGA Championship 2019: Latest Odds and Betting Tips for Golf's Top Contenders

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

BETHPAGE, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Brooks Koepka of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 14, 2019 in Bethpage, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Defending champion Brooks Koepka is the joint 8-1 favourite to win the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black Course on Long Island, New York.

He shares those odds with none other than Tiger Woods, who ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major when he won the Masters in April.

Read on for some betting tips as the world's best golfers bid for the second major of the year this weekend.

Here are the latest odds for the top contenders in the field, per Caesars:

  • Brooks Koepka +800 (8-1)
  • Dustin Johnson +1100 (11-1)
  • Jon Rahm +1200 (12-1)
  • Justin Rose +2000 (20-1)
  • Rickie Fowler +1600 (16-1)
  • Rory McIlroy +1200 (12-1)
  • Tiger Woods +800 (8-1)

                                 

A Top-10 Finish for Koepka Is a Safe Bet

Given Koepka's recent record in majors, it's easy to see why he's the joint favourite to win this weekend.

In his last nine appearances at a major, the American has won three times, including last year's PGA Championship, and finished in the top six on three further occasions.

Of the three majors where he did not make the top 10, he finished T11 and T13 in two of them.

The 29-year-old has a unique way of looking at majors, per golf analyst Ron Mintz:

He tends to perform well in the PGA Championship. Since finishing T70 in his first appearance in the major in 2013, his worst performance was a T15 the following year, and he's ended up in the top five in three of the last four.

Koepka will enter this year's tournament in strong form, too.

After coming T2 at the Masters, he was 36 under overall across his last two events, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing fourth in the latter.

A win could be on the cards, but an even safer bet would be to back him for a top-10 finish.

According to Oddschecker, Koepka is 6-4 to do so at Bethpage Black. While that would not yield an enormous return, a successful bet would still return more than double the stake and there's an excellent chance of him pulling it off.

                       

Resist the Urge to Back a Tiger Win

Following his sensational Masters win last month, many will be backing Woods to win consecutive majors for the first time since 2006.

He rolled back the years with his win at Augusta:

The Masters victory came after he finished second at the PGA Championship last year.

While it might be unwise to write him off after his incredible comeback, winning back-to-back majors will be an enormous ask of the 43-year-old.

Woods has not played since his Masters win on April 14, which perhaps isn't ideal preparation entering this tournament.

Former professional golfer Wayne Riley does not believe the course is set up for Woods to thrive, either, as he told Sky Sports:

"I think Tiger is going to find it tough to match the likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy off the tee, as this course is just so long and going to play even longer after a lot of rain over the first couple of practice days.

"If one of the long hitters drive it straight, then they are in prime position to attack this brutal test. It's a monster and you need not apply if you can't hit a fair distance, so there's going to be a lot of players this week who can't even reach some of the fairways."

Woods ranks 52nd on the PGA Tour for driving distance this season and 70th for driving accuracy percentage.

Given his return to form, it's hardly out of the question that he could perform well this weekend, but it could be shrewd to employ a more cautious approach when betting on him here.

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