If you’re surprised to see the 2019 PGA Championship slated for this weekend, the sport’s most mercurial major has left its place as the last major of the year, a place it had held since 1960. The only time it hasn’t taken place in the late summer was in 1971, when it took place in Florida, and organizers moved it because of the weather. Another change for the PGA is that this year’s tournament is at Bethpage Black, a municipal course — the first time since 1974 that this major has taken place on a public course. There are other oddities — it’s the only major that brings in club professionals, as 20 of the 99 entrants are club pros that qualified at a tournament. We have your golf betting odds for the contenders this weekend as well as suggested picks for your wager cards.
2019 PGA Championship Odds, Preview & Predictions
- When: May 16 – May 19
- Where: Bethpage Black Course, Farmingdale, New York
- TV: TNT / CBS
- Live Stream: PGAChampionship.com
Contender Odds the 2019 PGA Championship
- Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson +1000
- Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods +1200
- Jon Rahm +1600
- Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler +2000
- Jason Day +2200
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Francesco Molinari +2800
- Tommy Fleetwood +3300
- Tony Finau +3500
- Bryson DeChambeau, Hideki Matsuyama +4000
- Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia +4500
- Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey +5000
- Adam Scott, Bubba Watson +5500
- Webb Simpson +6000
- Gary Woodland, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson +6600
- Henrik Stenson +7000
- Ian Poulter, Kevin Kisner, Marc Leishman +8000
- Jason Kokrak, Lucas Glover +10000
Can he really go back to back and win consecutive majors? Yes, he just became the oldest player ever to win the Masters, except for Jack Nicklaus’ victory in 1986. However, Woods has been coming on strong lately, with five top-ten finishes in his last eight events, including the TOUR Championship and the Masters. He hasn’t played since the Masters, so he should be rested. He won the U.S. Open back in 2002 when it was at Bethpage Black. The crowd should be dynamic and ready to support him, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him raising yet another major trophy.
Scott has been feast or famine the last few tournaments, as he has either cracked the top 20 or failed to make it to the weekend in his last five events. He has played well at Bethpage Black, cracking the top five when the Barclays was played here in 2016. Bethpage Black is particularly difficult, with respect both to distance and accuracy, but Scott has played it in four different events now. This could be one of Scott’s “feast” weeks — and you could profit as a result.
Schauffele was the runner-up at Augusta and has four top-10 finishes in his eight career major appearances. He’s only 25 years old, which means that more bright finishes are going to come. Given that he is likely to finish in the top 10 again, he’s offering a lot of value.
He has nine top-10 finishes in his last 17 appearances in majors — including the victory at the 2016 U.S. Open. He has not missed a cut since the British Open last year; on Saturdays and Sundays you can usually find him on the leaderboard. An interesting note about the grass on the greens at Bethpage Black is that they are Poa annua, a variety on which Johnson putts quite well. There’s not a lot of value — but the high expectations are part of the reason.
Ryan Moore (+15000)
Moore isn’t even on our Contender Odds list, because his value is so high. However, he cracked the top 10 at the 2009 U.S. Open and the 2016 Barclays — both on the Bethpage Black course. If you don’t think the darkest horses ever win, go back just one week to the AT&T Byron Nelson last week, when the winner produced on 100/1 odds. The value is significant — so consider taking a roll on them.