PGA Championship 2022: Betting preview, Best bets & predictions

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – MARCH 12: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a drive at the seventh hole during the weather delayed completion of the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 12, 2022 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire)

After Jason Day dazzled at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the PGA Tour reaches its first major of the year – the PGA Championship. The field is stacked, the course promises to be punishing, and that means that bettors will be salivating over where to place their chips. Here’s your ultimate betting preview.

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PGA Championship: The lay of the land

Oak Hill will be hosting its seventh PGA Tour Major. It’s been recently renovated and will undoubtedly be a long-drive paradise. With restructured greens and some of the juiciest rough on tour, there will be a real focus on accuracy and length off the tee, allowing players with more finesse to find the sweet spots on greens that feature plenty of undulation

PGA Championship: The field

Scottie Scheffler+700
John Rahm+750
Xander Schauffele+1600
Rory McIlroy+1600
Patrick Cantlay+1800
Brooks Koepka+2000
Tony Finau+2200
Jason Day+2800
Matt Fitzpatrick+3000
Justin Thomas+3000

Scottie Scheffler is unsurprisingly the odds-on favorite here and it’s honestly hard not to back him. He has a top-12 finish in each of his last 13 competitions, including a pair of wins. Could the PGA Championship be his first major win of 2023?

However, it’s John Rahm who has been the hotter of the two golfers this year, with the Spaniard seemingly hitting an untouchable stride of dominance over the past six months. The Spaniard was victorious at The Masters and still has a chip on his shoulder while Rory and Scottie get their continued flowers. Winning the opening two legs of a 2023 Grand Slam would be one heck of a statement.

Justin Thomas, who won the event last year, comes into this event at +3000. He only has one top-5 finish this year and hasn’t exactly been in the hottest form as of late.

Rory McIlroy is always worth a look, but like JT, hasn’t been at his best this year. A 47th place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship followed a disappointing weekend at Augusta. With that said, any time you can get longer odds on Rory, it’s certainly worth being early as he doesn’t stay out of the fray for long.

Brooks Koepka heads the LIV golfers going into this weekend and rightfully so. His Masters performance was a joy to behold. He’s also been exceptional at the PGA Championship, with a pair of wins and 3 top-5’s to his name. He seems to have re-lit a once calming fire and did pick up a LIV Golf win at Orlando. This could be a great spot to play him.

Max Homa could prove to be a great value play at +4000. He’s had a quieter start to 2023 than expected but remains one of the calmer minds on tour which ensures no moment is too large for him. His ball-striking and putting will be valuable around Oak Hill and 40/1 for a player of his caliber, even in a field this large, could be worth a look.

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