Johnson Atop 2018 PGA Championship Odds
After missing the cut in his most recent major tournament, Dustin Johnson will be looking for a much better result in the PGA Championship this week when he tees off as the betting favorite at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
Johnson is +800 chalk on the 2018 PGA Championship odds despite the fact that he missed the cut at the British Open in Scotland last month, going 6-over in the first two days of the event and ending up in a tie for 104th place.
Still, Johnson did manage to follow up that disappointing result with a victory at the RBC Canadian Open the next week, and he’s coming off a third-place finish in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. And Johnson also turned in solid results at the first two major events of the season, finishing tied for 10th at the Masters and ending up third at the U.S. Open.
Johnson has played the PGA Championship eight times in his career, missing the cut twice but finishing in the Top 10 four times (2009, 2010, 2013, 2015). His best result at the event was a tie for fifth place back in 2010. He ended up tied for 13th place at the tourney in 2017.
The 2017 PGA Championship was won by Justin Thomas, who finished two strokes ahead of each of Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, and Patrick Reed on the week. That was Thomas’ first and only major victory of his career, and he’s finished no better than 17th place at a major event so far this season – including missing the cut at the British Open.
Thomas, though, won the Bridgestone Invitational last week, and sits third at +1400 on the odds to win the PGA Championship this week. In his 13 career major tournaments, Thomas has finished in the Top 10 only twice, including a ninth-place result at the 2017 U.S. Open.
McIlroy second on PGA Championship betting lines
Between Johnson and Thomas on the PGA Championship betting lines is Rory McIlroy at +1200. McIlroy finished in a tie for sixth place at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for second place at the British Open last month. McIlroy has won the PGA Championship twice in his career, in 2012 and 2014, but ended up back in 22nd place at the event last year.
Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, and Jason Day are then all a step back at +2000 on the PGA Championship 2018 odds, with Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose at +2200, Jon Rahm at +2500, and both Tommy Fleetwood and Tiger Woods at +2800.
Woods turned back the clock with his performance at the British Open last month, holding the lead at one point in the tournament before settling for a sixth-place result. That was a big improvement on his U.S. Open result, when he missed the cut, and he was well back of the field in a tie for 32nd place at the Masters earlier this season.
Woods has won the PGA Championship four times in his career, in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007. However, he has missed the cut in three of his last five appearances at the tournament, and hasn’t turned in a Top-10 performance at the event since finishing second back in 2009.
*Odds as of August 7, 2018