With all of the big names gathering at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa this week for the PGA Championship, the betting options at sportsbooks are going to be just as impressive.
If you’re not comfortable picking a player to win in this 152-man field, we’re here to help point out a few prop bets that will make watching this year’s event even more enticing.
We’re going to use DraftKings to check out a few of the bets we like for the week. Like the tournament itself, it’s all going to come down to Sunday and how these guys handle the pressure.
So grab your laptop and start perusing the numbers. There are a lot of them out there for the year’s second major.
Betting On A Top-Five Finish
We’ve already written that we like Patrick Cantlay to pick up his first major victory this week and we’ve given out Will Zalatoris as a longshot selection. This would be his first PGA Tour title and first major.
Now, if you’re a fan of those players but aren’t sure about them winning, here’s an option for you: Picking them to finish in the top five.
The odds aren’t as great with Cantlay at +350 and Zalatoris at +700, but this gives bettors a little wiggle room.
If either of them win, bettors will have missed out on big money. But at least you’ll have a couple of bucks back in your account with a top-five finish.
Big Numbers For Brooks Koepka
This is the type of tournament Brooks Koepka lives for: One of the four majors.
He’s won four of them (including two PGA Championships in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019) but he withdrew last week from the AT&T Byron Nelson, so we’re not sure where his health and game are right now. But that’s not going to stop us from looking at him for a top-10 finish at +400.
After missing the cut at The Masters, he’s going to be looking to make a big comeback. Now, whether last week’s WD was health or game-related may make all the difference in the world. But we still like him to pick himself up, dust himself off and pick up a top-10.
Five-Way Matchup Jumps Out
One of the popular bets is the five-way matchup where your golfer has to beat four other players. It’s not as taxing as picking an overall winner and gives a decent return to bettors.
This week we’re looking at Sebastian Munoz (+330) in the grouping with Mito Pereira (+330), Justin Rose (+330), Ryan Palmer (+330), and Christian Bezuidenhout (+330).
The reasoning is simple: Munoz comes into this week’s event after a solid four rounds last week and a T-3 finish at the Byron Nelson. He opened last week with a 12-under-par 60 and then played a solid next three rounds while staying in the hunt until the very end.
The T-3 snapped a string of seven straight events where Munoz was between T-20 and T-39, so we’re hoping he found something in his game that keeps him in the hunt for a second straight week.
‘X’ Marks The Spot
This one looks too good to be true.
We love Xander Schauffele (+160) to win in a three-way matchup with Shane Lowry (+180) and Dustin Johnson (+190).
Sure the money isn’t the greatest, but looking at the way last week ended for Schauffele this one looks very promising.
Schauffele’s finish last week at the Byron Nelson was nothing short of amazing. Three holes into Friday’s second round, he was three-over-par for the day and eight shots off the cutline.
Now a lot of players would have packed it in and simply gone through the motions and headed to Oklahoma.
Over the next 15 holes, he put eight birdies on the scorecard and made the cut on the number. Over the weekend, he soared up the leaderboard with 16 birdies and an eagle (and no bogeys) and wound up T-5.
We almost picked him to win this week, but last week had to have taken a lot out of him. If he does win, more power to him as it would be his first major.
One For The Tiger Fans
If you’re a Tiger Woods fan we have a bet that might interest you.
It doesn’t pay well, but if you think Woods is going to play decent at Southern Hills (remember, he won the tournament the last time the tournament was here in 2007), you can get -110 odds on him to finish in the top 40.
He had a solid start his last time out at the Masters but weekend rounds of 78 and 78 left him solo 47th after the final round, and people were asking a lot of questions.
Now, this is Tiger Woods, so there are never many answers until he wants to share them and he rarely does. Can he compete this week? We don’t look for him to be in the hunt but Woods’ determination is second to none.
We think he can get a top-40. That is just weird to celebrate a possible finish like that for Woods. If you want to be ambitious, a top-20 finish moves your odds to +250 but that might be asking a lot.
That’s why they call it gambling.
Also read: PGA Championship Betting Guide