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2017 PGA Championship Betting Preview

2017 PGA Championship Betting Preview - Bovada Sportsbook

There are a few storylines to watch at the 99th PGA Championship this week, but none bigger than Jordan Spieth’s pursuit of the career grand slam. The 24-year-old Dallas native will be trying to win the PGA Championship for the first time as the +900 second choice at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Standing in Spieth’s way is two-time winner Rory McIlroy, who is listed as the +600 favorite, along with several other top golfers looking to win the PGA Tour’s final major tournament of 2017. McIlroy has played well at Quail Hollow in the past, winning the Wells Fargo Championship there in 2015 by seven strokes with a record 21-under-par 267. The 28-year-old Irishman won the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014.

Spieth’s best finish in the PGA Championship came in 2015 when Australia’s Jason Day won it by three strokes. Spieth is coming off a 13th-place finish in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after winning the British Open and Travelers Championship back-to-back.

Day is listed at +2800 as the eighth choice on the betting board and placed second in last year’s PGA Championship as well, but he has struggled lately. After missing the cut in both the U.S. Open and the Travelers Championship, he finished 27th in the British Open and 24th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Day and McIlroy are each still searching for their first wins on the PGA Tour in 2017.

 

Defending Champion a Tourney Longshot

Jimmy Walker is the defending PGA Championship winner, but he remains a longshot to repeat. Walker entered last year’s tournament at +12500 and finds himself in the same exact spot this year. He has only one Top 10 finish in 19 PGA events entered in 2017.

Dustin Johnson is another big name who has not performed well recently. Johnson missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open and then finished 54th in the British Open. He is the +1200 fourth choice, two spots behind Hideki Matsuyama, who won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and placed second in the U.S. Open.

Three other golfers to watch include Rickie Fowler (+1400), Jon Rahm (+2200) and Brooks Koepka (+2200), who won the 2017 U.S. Open. Fowler and Rahm are looking to win their first major tournament while Koepka tied for fourth at the PGA Championship in 2016.

 

*Odds as of August 10, 2017

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