Usually reserved for the weekend after Memorial Day in May, the PGA Championship was forced to move this season. That it is being played at all is a huge cause for celebration, as this is one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. This year, the tournament will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, a course that has been especially good to one golfer, but more about that later on. The question heading into the opening round on Thursday, August 6 is whether anyone can steal the Wannamaker Trophy away from Brooks Koepka, who has won it in each of the last two seasons. As you might expect for a major, it is a field packed with talented players, so let’s take a look at some of the favorites, as well as a potential dark horse, along with their PGA Championship odds.
PGA Championship Odds & Analysis
Brooks Koepka (+900)
This is a player who always seems to save his best golf for the majors and who is coming off a career year in 2019. As we mentioned earlier, Koepka has won the PGA Championship in back to back seasons, but if he wants to make it a threepeat, he is going to need to up his game. Koepka has played 6 events since the return of the PGA and has missed the cut in 2 of them. He did tie for 2nd at the St. Jude Invitational last weekend, so perhaps he is rounding into form at just the right time. He had 3 wins on tour last season, but 0 so far this year.
Justin Thomas (+1000)
You can’t talk about the favorites without talking about Justin Thomas. He is the #1 ranked player in the world and is also sitting atop the FedEx Cup standings. His best season came in 2017, when he had 5 wins, but he already has 3 this year in a season cut short by the coronavirus. Thomas has been either first or second in 2 of his last 3 events, including a win at the St. Jude Invitational last weekend. Koepka may be in as the favorite here, but I think Thomas is the player to beat.
Rory Mcilroy (+1400)
We may well end up looking at this season as what might have been for the Irishman, as he was on fire before the lockdown. Since returning, he has failed to crack the top 10 in each of the tournaments that he has played, but he has at least picked up points to stay in 5th in the FedEx Cup standings. McIlroy does have a history at the PGA Championship, winning it in 2012.
Jon Rahm (+1500)
You will be hard pressed to find a more consistent player on the tour than Jon Rahm, although his excellent performances don’t turn into wins as often as he would like. Rahm has 4 career wins on the PGA Tour, including one this season, which came at The Memorial a few short weeks ago. He is a player who will almost certainly be in the mix, but I have my doubts about him winning it.
If you are looking for a longshot, why not take a look at Tiger Woods (+3000). He always seems to play well when hitting any course in Northern California, so perhaps he can turn back the clock and win here.