With Golf’s second Major-less than a month away, let’s take another look at the 2019 PGA Championship which will be held at the Black Course in Bethpage State Park of Long Island in Farmingdale, New York.
Two months ago, we made a preview of this tournament already. Back then, we said that among the favorites, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are our top bets to win the tournament because of their good form. But after completing the first major of the season in August, let’s revisit the 2019 PGA Championship by giving you a betting update. If you need some golf betting tips then skim through our guide.
Here are the latest odds to win the 2019 PGA Championship. Odds taken from Bovada as of 4/25/19:
Who Are The Favorites?
If you take a look at all betting sites, Tiger Woods has emerged as the betting favorite in all the upcoming majors listed in those betting sites. This is a result of Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters in Augusta where he notched his first major win since first major title since 2008 and his fifth green jacket overall. The win was his 15th major overall and it resumes his chase for Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
From being ranked 1199th in the Official World Golf Rankings in December 2017, he’s risen to #6 after his win in Augusta. Moving 1193 spots in little over a year isn’t just impressive. According to Michael Jordan, Woods just completed the greatest sports comeback ever.
Dustin Johnson had been the favorite in most of the previous tournaments. The world’s #1 golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings won the WGC-Mexico championship and has other five finishes inside the Top 10 this season. In nine starts at the PGA Championship, Johnson has four Top 10 finishes. His highest finish has been a T-5, way back in 2010. He was 27th in this tournament last year.
Rory McIlroy is off to fast start this year. The world’s #4 ranked golfer won THE PLAYERS championship 2019 last month and had a string of seven straight Top 10 finishes this year snapped when he finished T-21s at the recent Masters tournament. McIlroy won this tournament in 2012 and 2014 plus had a pair of T-3’s in 2009 and 2010. However, in his last three trips to the PGA championships, McIlroy finished CUT, T22, and T50.
Brooks Koepka has yet to win a tournament in 2019 but the #3 ranked player in the world finished second behind Tiger Woods in Augusta. He also has a T-2 at the Honda Classic earlier this year. However, those are the only Top 10 finishes for Koepka this season. The 28-year old is the reigning PGA Championship winner and has three Top 5 finishes in a total of six appearances at this tournament.
Justin Thomas is also winless so far this year but the 5th ranked player in the world has four Top 10 finishes in nine tournaments entered in 2019. Thomas has been solid at the PGA championship the last two years as he won the tournament in 2017 and was 6th last year.
Right now, I still like Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in this tournament and won’t blame you if you picked both. But I don’t want you to overlook Tiger Woods simply because he is the betting favorites.
There’s plenty of reasons to back Tiger Woods aside from his recent win at the Masters. Let me give you perhaps the most striking one. If we take a look at the aggregate scores of the Top golfers in the world in the last three major tournaments played, Tiger Woods has the highest score among all of them.
If we add Tiger’s score from the 2018 British Open, 2018 PGA Championship, and 2019 Masters, his aggregate score would be 532 strokes which would make him a -32 overall. That would put Woods three strokes ahead of Francesco Molinari and six ahead of Brooks Koepka. The rest of the world is at least 10 strokes behind Tiger Woods over that period. This means that Woods has been the most consistent player when playing the majors and that’s one big reason to back him to win the 2019 PGA Championship.
The only time Tiger Woods won the first two majors of the year was in 2002 when he won the Masters and U.S. Open. If you want to know where the 2002 U.S. Open was played, I’d be happy to tell you that it was held at Bethpage Black, where the 2019 PGA Championship will take place. I’m not a fan of these eerie coincidences but everything seems to be pointing to the direction of Tiger Woods. So before everybody puts their bet on him and he gets more expensive in the market, you might want to back Tiger Woods right now.
Prediction: Tiger Woods.