With the fourth and final major of the year set to get underway on Thursday, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, the big question that golf enthusiasts need answered heading into the 2017 PGA Championship is whether or not there will be four different winners for each major this year.
Thanks to some expert analysis on my top half-dozen picks and betting odds to win the 2017 Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship, you’re going to find out which six golfers have the best chance of bagging the PGA Championship hardware. Let’s get started.
PGA Championship Betting Picks & Odds to Win
Sergio Garcia bagged his first major ever by taking the green jacket at the Masters in April before Brooks Koepeka won the U.S. Open in June and Jordan Spieth won the British Open in a thriller in July. Now, everyone wants to know will one of the aforementioned major winners bag the PGA Championship, including the co-favored Spieth or will another golfer nab the title at the fourth and final major of the year?
PGA Championship 2017 Viewing Guide
|Live Coverage (Eastern)||TV Network||Live Stream|
Thursday, Aug. 10
|1p-7p||TNT||PGA.com / WatchTNT App|
Friday, Aug. 11
PGA.com / WatchTNT App
|Saturday, Aug. 12||11a-2p / 2p-7p||TNT / CBS||
PGA.com / WatchTNT App
|Sunday, Aug. 13||11a-2p / 2p-7p||TNT / CBS||
PGA.com / WatchTNT App
Jordan Spieth 7/1
Jordan Spieth won the British Open in July and is the co-favorite to win the 2017 PGA Championship to potentially complete a career slam, but I’ve got some reservations to be honest about it. Spieth is ‘crazy gifted’ but he’s also made the routine turn into a drama-filled finish far too often which is why I believe he’s not going to bag this title.
While I expect Spieth to win many more majors before he’s done, the next time I hear a comparison to Tiger Woods, I’m just going to smack somebody (and I’m pretty small and weak, so please, just stop it)!
All attempts at humor aside, Spieth will have a chance, but he’s not my pick to win it all, even though a victory would put him in the elite company of legends like Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen as the lone golfers that have completed a career Grand Slam by winning all four majors.
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Rory McIlroy is as talented as any golfer on the planet, but he’s not the most mentally strong golfer on the planet which is why, despite his co-favorite status, I don’t like him to bag this year’s PGA Championship title. McIlroy has two PGA Championship titles (2012, 2014), but he has yet to record a win this season, although he does have a trio of fourth place finishes with one of those coming at the British Open last month. Right now, I’m thinking McIlroy will use his solid, but not overly impressive 2017 campaign as serious motivation to win at least one major next year!
Dustin Johnson 10/1
For me, Dustin Johnson is the pick to win this year’s PGA championship. The World No. 1 leads the PGA Tour in driving distance and is third in greens in regulation (70.5%), not to mention 11th in eagles per hole (118.3), 16th in birdie average (3.98) and 10th in scoring (69.843). After failing to win one of the three majors so far this year, Johnson just feels like he’s due to me. Besides, he’s the genuine article!
Rickie Fowler 14/1
If you’re like me and you’re sick and tired of seeing Fowler end up as a bridesmaid and not the actual bride, then you should know he’s got a good chance to bag this year’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. If you didn’t know this is the place where Fowler got his first professional win way back in 2012 and he also tied for fourth place at last year’s PGA Championship.
Maybe it’s me, but Rickie Fowler just looks like a guy that’s due for a big, career-altering win, although I guess you could say that’s been the case for a few years now. By the way, Fowler has four top 10 finishes in his last six events and led the U.S. Open for most of the first few rounds this year before fading.
Jason Day 25/1
Did you know that Jason Day is one of only three golfers to finish in the top 10 in at least three of the past six PGA Championships? That alone says he’ll have a legitimate shot to get the win as a value-packed 25/1 pick. While Day has only played Quail Hollow once in the last five years, he never shot more than a 70 when he did.
Matt Kuchar 50/1
I swear, if I pick Kuchar to win one more major this year – and he doesn’t – I’m going to have a nervous breakdown!
All jokes aside, Kuchar has finished inside the top 15 at all three majors so far this year, meaning he’ll have a really good shot and is offering a bunch of value as a whopping 50/1 pick.