PGA Championship Betting Guide

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For bettors who enjoy golf, the annual PGA Championship offers a chance to clock the current crop of professional golfers on their way through the four major men’s championships. Held in May since 2019, the PGA Championship is the only one of the four majors that consists solely of professional players.

Arizona sports bettors can now place wagers on the PGA Championship and other PGA events. Sports betting became legal in Arizona in April 2021.

This page will give you a complete rundown of how to bet on the PGA Championship.

PGA Championship odds

When it comes time to wager on the PGA Championship, you’re going to want to have the latest numbers. For that, you can consult the odds feed below. As soon as updated odds are available, they will appear in the feed.

You can click on the odds to go directly to the online sportsbook and place a wager.

PGA Championship favorites

Since the PGA Championship is for professionals only, you usually won’t find any surprises on the favorites board.

You can expect familiar names like Phil Mickelson (who won it in 2021), Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, and Jordan Spieth.  Tiger Woods didn’t make an appearance this year following a February 2021 car accident that required multiple leg surgeries.

In 2021, the odds boards’ favorites closely resembled the list of the top-ranked male golfers worldwide, with a little reshuffling.

  • Rory McIlroy — The Irish golfer has a strong history in the majors in general, and the PGA Championship is no exception. He’s won it twice before.
  • Brooks Koepka — Koepka has two PGA Championships to his name and finished second in 2021.
  • Dustin Johnson — Johnson was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2021, and the US golfer is always a contender in any event he plays.
  • Jon Rahm — Rahm, of Spain, was favored in 2021, and finished tied for sixth.
  • Bryson DeChambeau — DeChambeau is highly ranked and was among the top-10 favorites in 2021.
  • Justin Thomas — Ranked No. 2 in the world in 2021, Thomas made the top five of oddsmakers’ favorites to take the championship.
  • Jordan Spieth — Though not ranked as highly worldwide as some of the other favorites, Spieth was still a favorite for the PGA Championship.
  • Collin Morikawa — Ranked fifth worldwide, Morikawa had a strong showing in the 2021 PGA Championship, finishing tied for eighth place.

Bets you can place on the PGA Championship

Like every sport that you can place a wager on, golf betting offers a wide variety of different bet types that you can choose from.

The bets in golf are a bit different from those you will find for sports like the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. Understanding them isn’t very difficult, thankfully, though winning them is more of a challenge.

Here are six forms of betting that you will likely come across for the PGA Championship:

  • Top 5/10/20 — It’s extremely difficult to pick the winner for a tournament the size of the PGA Championship. That’s where betting on the top five, top 10, or top 20 comes into play. You pick a player you think will finish within one of those groups. The potential payout will be larger the more narrow the scope is, but you’ll be able to see the odds before you place any bet.
  • Head-to-head: Pick which golfer will finish better between the two options in a head-to-head matchup. If you’re right, you win based on the odds for that bet.
  • Props: These bets range from things like “Will there be a hole-in-one?” to an over/under on a golfer’s strokes for a round or a particular hole. A lot of the best props are available during live betting, which we discuss further down the page.
  • First round leader: Choose the golfer you think will be the leader after the first round of the PGA Championship. You’re not concerned about the overall winner, just the golfer who is in first at the close of the first round.
  • 3 ball betting: The sportsbook selects three golfers, and you bet on which one will have the lowest score during a specific round. It’s kind of like head-to-head, but it pits three golfers against one another.
  • Each way: An each way bet is for when you have a great feeling about a golfer, but you can’t say for certain you think that golfer is going to win outright. You pick a golfer to either win or place, which is typically within the top five. If the golfer wins, your payout will be significantly better than for placing in the top five.

PGA Championship betting at AZ online sportsbooks

The beauty of technology is that it makes life more convenient (mostly). Sports betting, for instance, has benefited greatly from advancements in phones, computers, and tablets. Online sportsbooks are a great way to experience the hobby, with clear benefits over having to use a retail location.

First and foremost, having your sportsbook with you at all times allows you instant access to your account. This could be for deposit or withdrawal purposes, or doing some research before placing your bets. Or maybe you just want to wager on the go. As long as you’re within Arizona state lines, you’ll be able to place bets.

Online sports betting is also great for live betting. You can’t use a brick-and-mortar sportsbook for placing bets while an event is taking place. A sportsbook app or website is the only way you can experience the latest craze in the industry.

Additionally, a benefit to betting online is the ability to keep up with the shifts in sportsbook odds, current promotions, and to make hedges to your wagers when necessary. Having a sportsbook in your pocket makes it easier to stay on top of all of your betting. This can help you when it comes to strategies and your ability to manage your bankroll.

Live betting on the PGA Championship

Live betting, or in-game betting, allows you to bet while the PGA Championship is actually taking place.

Because of how quickly the odds can shift while live betting, using an in-person sportsbook isn’t feasible. Instead, bettors need to use Arizona online sportsbooks to stay on top of all the action. Sportsbook apps and websites will give you instant access to the newest information as it changes in real time.

The wagers you’ll find while participating in live betting are often the “side bet” type of prop bets. You might wager on specific players, how they are going to perform, if they’ll get a birdie or better on a particular hole, or if there will be a hole-in-one.

Each bet will have its own odds. As the action continues and players are playing well, fading, or the weather is starting to play a factor, those sports betting odds will shift.

When you make your wager, you lock in those odds. While the line may shift afterward, you’ll still be set at the number at which you placed your bet.

When and where is the PGA Championship?

Since 2019, the PGA Championship has taken place in May, on the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

In 2021, the 103rd PGA Championship took place on May 20-23 at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston, South Carolina.

For 2022, that weekend will fall on May 19-22, and the major is slated for Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Biggest long shot winners in PGA Championship history

This might not surprise you, but golf is a sport in which long shots can come out of the rough and end up shining like a diamond at the end of a tournament. That’s happened multiple times at the PGA Championship, and some of the best ones are pretty recent, relatively speaking. We used odds from SportsOddsHistory.com for the list below.

  • Phil Mickelson (2021) — Mickelson was at +20000 (yes, a two with FOUR zeroes) before becoming the oldest golfer to ever win a major. He was 50 years old when he won the tournament with a 6-under at Kiawah Island.
  • Keegan Bradley (2011) — Odds of +15000 aren’t what you might call inspiring or confidence-building, but no one informed the 25-year-old Bradley of that. He was a PGA Tour rookie that year, ranked 108th in the world, and ended up taking home a nice purse in winnings as well as a ton of respect in the golfing world.
  • Jimmy Walker (2016) — It’s hard to believe that a fellow who won the PGA Championship hasn’t won a tournament since, but Walker, who was at +12500 odds, has done exactly that. He picked up win No. 10 while ranked 48th in the world in 2016, but hasn’t taken home a win since.
  • YE Yang (2009) — He was ranked 110th in the world when he teed off in the opening round of the PGA Championship in 2009. At the end, Yang came back from a two-shot deficit to take the win from the legendary Tiger Woods. His odds when he showed up for the tournament: +12500.

Last 11 PGA Championship winners

Winning the PGA Championship is no small feat, which is why you will see the names of some of the best golfers in the world on this list of the last 11 victors.

YearGolferOdds to WinCourse
2021Phil Mickelson+1500Kiawah Island Golf Resort
2020Collin Morikawa+6000TPC Harding Park
2019Brooks Koepka+1400Bethpage Black Course
2018Brooks Koepka+2000Bellerive Country Club
2017Justin Thomas+3000Quail Hollow Club
2016Jimmy Walker+12500Baltusrol Golf Club
2015Jason Day+1500Whistling Straights
2014Rory McIlroy+700Valhalla Golf Club
2013Jason Dufner+4000Oak Hill
2012Rory McIlroy+1800Kiawah Island Golf Course
2011Keegan Bradley+15000Atlanta Athletic Club