With the Christmas season fast approaching, we’re going to take some time to hand out presents to readers — in the form of (hopefully) winning picks in the PGA Tour’s 2024 major tournaments.
We aren’t big fans of having our money tied up for months on end, but we do make exceptions for the Tour’s top four events.
So, let’s take a look at the 2024 majors and see if we can’t find a few winners that will pay out during the upcoming Tour season.
Here are a couple of items to remember before you hit the betting window.
These odds will change often. If you’ve got a favorite golfer who you like, betting early might be the way to go to catch him before he might get hot.
Don’t get fixated too much on the favorites. A look at last year’s four winners shows two players (Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman) who weren’t on many bettors’ lists before coming away with their titles.
And finally, keep your eyes peeled for news. For example, there’s been chatter of Jon Rahm heading over to the LIV Tour. Now that might not mean he won’t win a major — or maybe even multiple majors — but if he signs for the millions and millions that are being thrown around at LIV, his focus may shift.
After all, when you’ve reportedly got half a billion dollars (that’s with a ‘B’) coming your way, it might take away a little incentive as you and your accountant (and wife) figure out investment futures.
Check out our golf futures for all four majors in 2024.
The Masters Futures (April 11-14, 2024 at Augusta National): Jon Rahm, Defending Champion
Why not start out with everyone’s chase for that elusive prize? We’re not talking about the Masters Trophy or even the huge payday that comes with a victory.
We’re talking about that green jacket. It may clash with anything and everything the winner wears going forward, but it’s not meant to be a fashion statement. It’s simply a statement: I’ve won the Masters.
With that being said, we’re going to take a look at Justin Thomas at +2800 (Best Live Odds: ).
Thomas, who comes into this year off one of his worst seasons, finished T-8 here last year despite an opening-round 76.
He’s coming off a solo third at Tiger’s holiday gathering in the Bahamas where his game seems to have come back into form.
Two others to consider: Scottie Scheffler at +900 (Best Live Odds: ) and Collin Morikawa at +2000 (Best Live Odds: ).
Scheffler has to be in the conversation every time he tees it up. He already has one green jacket and was T-10 here last year.
Morikawa, coming off a back injury, was T-10 here last year despite stumbling to a two-over-par 74 in the third round to take him out of the chase.
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PGA Championship Futures (May 16-19, 2024 at Valhalla GC): Brooks Koepka, Defending Champion
Welcome to the Brooks Koepka Invitational.
Koepka, who is now pocketing millions on the LIV Tour, is the defending champion at this event.
Add in the fact he’s won this tournament two other times, in 2018 and 2019, and there’s no reason he can’t go back-to-back for the second time.
Koepka has solid odds at +1200 (Best Live Odds: ), so he’s not the favorite — for some reason.
The main reason he should be atop every bettor’s list is simple: He focuses on majors more than anyone else (well, except Tiger).
He’s got nine PGA Tour wins and five of those are majors.
Because he’s not playing the PGA Tour except for the majors, look for him to have a lot more incentive every chance he gets to tee it up.
Two others to consider: As we said above, Scheffler is always going to be a player to consider.
At +800 (Best Live Odds: ), he’s the favorite right now, but if he keeps playing well, there’s a chance that number goes down.
He was T-2 here last year. It seems like if he doesn’t win, he’s right there with a chance heading into Sunday.
As for a longer shot, check out Cam Smith at +2800 (Best Live Odds: ).
Granted, he’s also usually spending his weekends playing LIV Golf, but he’s also sharp when it comes to majors.
He was T-9 here last year, rallying from way behind with a final-round 65 to crack the top 10.
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US Open Futures (June 13-16, 2024 at Pinehurst Resort, No. 2 Course): Wyndham Clark, Defending Champion
This is usually golf’s toughest test.
When they set up whichever course is playing host to the US Open, it’s always with the idea that players better bring their ‘A’ game for all four days.
Tough pin placements and even tougher conditions in the rough will test players’ shotmaking skills from tee to green.
Add in lightning quick greens and you’ve got one of golf’s best challenges year in and year out.
And heading into the offseason, who has shown they have the game to battle week in and week out?
Well, that man once again: Scheffler.
He’s the favorite for this event at +800 (Best Live Odds: ) and with good reason as he came off a long layoff to win Tiger’s event last week in the Bahamas, cruising to a three-shot victory.
Now, when this event comes around in June, there’s no guarantee Scheffler will still be playing as well as he did in 2023.
But there’s also no reason to doubt he won’t be.
Oh, and one more fact: He was solo third in this event last year and T-2 in 2022.
Two others to consider: We’re going to go with Rory McIlroy (Best Live Odds: ) here because he’s still got to be on everyone’s radar.
He was T-2 here last year with Scheffler and played well enough in 2023 to show us his game is still right there.
He had two wins in 2023 and 13 top 10s.
On a tough course, the cream always seems to rise to the top.
And for fun, we’re going to check out Rickie Fowler at +2500 (Best Live Odds: ).
He was T-5 last year and also had a victory last season, snapping a four-year winless drought.
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The Open Futures (July 18-21, 2024 at Royal Troon): Brian Harman, Defending Champion
If we’re going by trends, a non-US player wins this one.
Last year, it was Brian Harman from the United States. In 2022, it was Cam Smith (Australia). In 2021, Collin Morikawa, from the US, hoisted the trophy. In 2020, it was Shane Lowry (Ireland).
See where we’re going?
We’re going to back Morikawa to win at +2900 (Best Live Odds: ).
He won the Open Championship in 2021 when he was on his hot streak (two wins and 11 top 25s in 23 events), so we know his game travels.
He ended 2023 with a win at the ZOZO Championship and then came back after a back injury to finish solo seventh in Tiger’s event, so all should be good on the health front heading into 2024.
Two others to consider: McIlroy, the favorite at +750 (Best Live Odds: ), certainly has to be front-and-center if he’s playing well.
He was T-6 here last year and also T-5 in 2016, the last time the tournament was played at Royal Troon.
We’re also going to back Tommy Fleetwood at +2600 (Best Live Odds: ).
He was T-10 last year. He always seems to have a chance in the big events; he just hasn’t closed the deal.
Maybe this is the one that gets him his first PGA Tour win — if he doesn’t win before this tournament which is certainly a possibility.
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