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US PGA Championship odds: Five contenders for Bethpage glory

US PGA Championship odds spreads and predictions

Bethpage Black hosts the 101st US PGA Championship this week having moved from its traditional August slot to May and all the signs point towards the second major of the year being a bomber's paradise.

The Long Island course in New York state measures a hefty 7,400 yards and when it hosted The Barclays in 2012 and 2016 the leaderboard was packed with players capable of smashing the ball a country mile.

Add a wet spring and shortish rough into the mix and the big hitters should be licking their lips at the prospect of challenging for the title on Sunday.

Here is our guide to the leading contenders and their PGA Championship betting odds.

Event information

When is it? Thursday May 16th - Sunday May 19th

Where is it being played? Bethpage State Park

Which channel is it on? CBS, CBS Sports

Tiger Woods

Major titles: 15

PGA Championship odds: 8 to 1

Woods begins the second major of the year at the top of the PGA betting odds as he looks to build off his Masters victory a month ago. At Augusta, Woods completed a remarkable turnaround in his career as he won by one stroke to claim his first major title since 2009.

Woods has won the PGA Championship four times, with both occurrences coming in consecutive years (1999-2000 and 2006-2007). He also had a strong outing last year as he made a Sunday surge moving from sixth place to finish as the runner-up.

However, those championship wins came on a different course and at a different time of year but the 43-year-old has had success at Bethpage Black over his career. In 2002, Woods won the US Open here when he was the leader from start to finish. He also tied for sixth at the same venue in 2009.

Brooks Koepka

Major titles: 3

PGA Championship odds: 10 to 1

The defending champion is second in the PGA odds this week as he looks to claim back-to-back US PGA titles. He was the star of 2018 when it came to the majors and the American was named as the PGA player of year after claiming the Championship and winning the US Open for the second straight year. Koepka became the first person since Woods in 2000 to enjoy both of those victories in the same year.

In his PGA Championship win, Koepka held off Woods and won by two strokes after shooting a major championship record-tying 264 (-16) over 72 holes. Koepka's 2019 has picked up where he left off last year, shooting (-12) during his runner-up finish at the Masters a month ago.

Dustin Johnson

Major titles: 1

PGA Championship odds: 10 to 1

Moving from one Masters runner-up to another, Dustin Johnson heads into the PGA Championship with some unfinished business. Johnson, like Woods, made a late Sunday surge last year moving from seventh at (-8) to runner up at (-12).

Along with his Masters finish, the world's number one-ranked golfer has had a strong start to the 2019 campaign. In February, Johnson won the inaugural Saudi International and the WGC-Mexico Championship. With his win at the WGC-Mexico Championship, Johnson became only the third player in Tour history, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to win a Tour title in each of his first 12 seasons.

Johnson has had solid success at the PGA Championship over his career, finishing in the top five once while reaching the top 10 four other times, and his distance off the tee should see him in contention this week.

Rory McIlroy

Major titles: 4

PGA Championship odds: 12 to 1

McIlroy is someone who may go under the radar of some bettors but is one of my favorite picks in the PGA odds this week. The world's number four ranked golfer has won the PGA Championship twice in his career (2012 and 2014). Not only is he a two-time champion, but he's had some serious success at the event finishing in third place twice, and in the top 10 on five occasions.

However, as of late, the event hasn't treated him great. Over the last four years, McIlroy has finished in the top 25 twice, tied for 50th, and missed the cut entirely.

The four-time major champion has started the 2019 PGA Tour off on the right foot finishing with five straight top-six finishes. Of those six finishes, McIlroy has had one win which came at the Players Championship in March where he shot (-16), and became one of three players to win four majors and 15 PGA Tour titles before the age of 30.

Jason Day

Major titles: 1

Odds to win: 25 to 1

Of all the golfers mentioned above, Jason Day has the longest shot at winning it all with PGA Tour odds of 25 to 1. Day won his first and only major title at the PGA Championship in 2015 where he shot 20 strokes under par.

Day is ranked 14th in the world and could be poised for a big weekend at an event he has had arguably had his most success. The Australian has finished in the top 20 in each of the last six years, including four top-10 finishes (1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th).

His ability around the greens will be the key to his chances this week.

Stephen Rodriguez
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