PGA Championship 2022: Betting Odds, Favorites and Tournament Preview

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2022

PGA Championship 2022: Betting Odds, Favorites and Tournament Preview

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    Most of the betting favorites for the 2022 PGA Championship enter Southern Hills Country Club in good form. 

    Jon Rahm won two weeks ago in Mexico, Jordan Spieth took first place in the week after the Masters, and Scottie Scheffler put together two solid performances after winning the green jacket. 

    Even though Scheffler is the most recent major champion, Rahm enters the week as the pre-tournament favorite. 

    Rahm has two career top-10 finishes at the PGA Championship, but he also has two missed cuts in the last four years and he was not in contention at the Masters. 

    Spieth is in incredible form, but he has been unable to complete the final leg of his career Grand Slam. He has one top-10 in his last five PGA Championship starts. 

    No drop-off appears to be in the future for Scheffler, who is more than familiar with Southern Hills and has played strong golf after his win at Augusta to set him up for a strong week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

PGA Championship Odds

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    Jon Rahm (+1100; bet $100 to win $1,100)

    Scottie Scheffler (+1200)

    Justin Thomas (+1200)

    Rory McIlroy (+1600)

    Patrick Cantlay (+1600)

    Collin Morikawa (+1600)

    Jordan Spieth (+1800)

    Viktor Hovland (+2500)

    Dustin Johnson (+2500)

    Cameron Smith (+2500)

    Xander Schauffele (+2800)

    Hideki Matsuyama (+2800)

    Shane Lowry (+2800)

    Will Zalatoris (+3500)


Top-Tier Favorites

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    Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler are not listed as the top three favorites for the PGA Championship, but they should be considered that. 

    Spieth has higher odds than Rahm and Scheffler, but he should be mentioned in the conversation for top golfers to watch at Southern Hills. 

    Since leaving Augusta, Spieth won the RBC Heritage and Rahm captured first at the Mexico Open. Scheffler recorded a pair of top-20 finishes at the Zurich Classic (a team event) and the AT&T Byron Nelson. 

    Rahm took the last two tournaments off to prepare for the PGA Championship. He produced four straight rounds in the 60s to win in Mexico.

    Spieth came close to winning the Byron Nelson. He finished second with four rounds of 67 or lower after having eight rounds in the 60s in his last two tournaments since he missed the cut at the Masters. 

    Each of the three golfers could make a case to be the most popular betting pick before the tournament begins Thursday. 

    It would not come as a surprise to see any of those three golfers on the 18th green with a trophy Sunday night. 

Other Top Contenders

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    Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa all sit in the top seven of the PGA Championship odds board. 

    Each of those golfers have odds below +2000, just like Rahm, Spieth and Scheffler, and they should be mentioned in the title-winning discussion. 

    Thomas, McIlroy and Morikawa are previous PGA Championship winners. McIlroy won twice in 2012 and 2014, Thomas captured the title in 2017 and Morikawa won in 2020. 

    Morikawa has produced four consecutive top-10 finishes at major tournaments, a run that started at the 2021 PGA Championship.

    McIlroy and Thomas both landed inside the top 10 at the Masters as well. McIlroy delivered one of the rounds of the tournament on Sunday at Augusta to get second place behind Scheffler. 

    Cantlay is the wild card in the group of favorites. He took second behind Spieth at the RBC Heritage and was part of the winning Zurich Classic team. 

    That form suggests Cantlay should be in the mix for the lead at Southern Hills, but he has not finished inside the top 10 at a major since the 2019 PGA Championship. 

    Cantlay is high up on the odds chart because of his performances on the PGA Tour, but you may not be able to trust him as much as the others beneath +2000 if you compare their recent major histories. 


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