Just one month after we witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, the spotlight at DraftKings will again focus on the golf world for the second major of the season. The PGA Championship is upon and once again everyone is wondering whether Tiger Woods has another win in him.
He enters the week as the favorite but this is a star-studded field that he’ll have to navigate his way through. DraftKings has posted odds to win the event as well as all sorts of props for the tournament, so let’s take a closer look:
Woods Favored To Win PGA Championship
Woods has been posted as the chalk for the event as he’s on the board at +700. He hasn’t played since winning The Masters, though, so we don’t have any other recent intel to go off of with him.
What we do know is that Woods won the U.S. Open on this course – Bethpage Black – back in 2002. He did very well at that event, shooting a 67 in the opening round and a 68 in the second round.
He had a four-shot lead on Sunday and nobody really threatened him. However, keep in mind that he also did play at this course in 2012 at The Barclays but didn’t have such a positive result as he finished five-over.
Dustin Johnson will be one of the golfers who hopes to push for the win this week as the world’s No. 1 player finished second at The Masters. He now has seven Top 10’s in 10 tournaments this season but he did place 28th at the RBC Heritage at the end of April. That was his worst finish since February.
Justin Rose, who is the world’s No. 2 ranked player and is tied with two other golfers at +1200, will look to make amends for an awful showing at Augusta. He missed the cut.
The good news is that was his only missed cut of the season and he’s fresh off a third-place result at the Wells Fargo Championship.
3 Picks For The PGA Championship
We’ll make three picks for the PGA Championship going with one from the favorite group, one mid-range and one longshot:
Dustin Johnson (+800) – I’m passing on Tiger Woods as he’s never won The Masters and the PGA Championship in the same season. I considered Brooks Koepka here but ranked 148th in strokes gained and that concerns me. I’ll go with Johnson as his huge hitting off the tee should be important on a big, wet course.
Rory McIlroy (+1200) – I’m tempted to take a shot with McIlroy as a course that’s big and wet is probably music to his ears. He finished 21st at The Masters but consider that his finish stands as his only outside of the Top 8 in his last eight tournaments this year. He’s played really well.
Xander Schauffele (+2500) – This is a player who flies under the radar but hehas four Top 6 results in his eight majors. He’s also ranked in the Top 65 in the four major strokes gained stats and is 13th overall in total strokes gained.
Tiger Woods Betting Specials
Of course, with the spotlight shining on Tiger Woods, DraftKings has posted a slew of props relating to Tiger Woods. Most of them focus on how many majors he’ll win either this year or in the rest of his career, but there could be some good value on the board.
To start, you can bet Woods at +200 to finish above Phil Mickelson in the remaining three majors. That’s an interesting proposition as Mickelson is merely No. 23 in the world right now and hasn’t finished better than 18th in any of his last 10 majors.
Another tempting prop is whether Woods will finish in the Top 5 (+1400) or Top 10 (+350) in the remaining three majors. Of course, the Top 10 gives you a wider margin of victory and it seems reasonable. Woods won’t be playing in many events this year as he’ll be focusing on the remaining big three.
If you think Woods will have the banner year that so many people hope, you can bet on him to win all four majors, which pays out a whopping 70/1. You can also bet him to win exactly three majors this season.
And, of course, all eyes are on Woods in the majors as he tries to catch Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors won. You can bet on Woods at +600 if you believe he’ll eventually catch The Golden Bear. Woods has won 15 majors and will be going for No. 16 next week when the PGA Championship gets underway.