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PGA Championship, 5/18/23 Golf betting odds, predictions and trends

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PGA Championship Predictions

The 105th annual PGA Championship will be played this weekend at Oak Hill Country Club, as 156 professionals will compete in the field. With Scotty Scheffler the favorite to win it all, which golfers offer the best value to bettors this weekend?

PGA Championship event details

What: 105th PGA Championship

Where: Oak Hill East Course

When: May 18-21, 2023

to watch: CBS, ESPN

PGA Championship Betting Odds

As mentioned earlier, Scheffler is currently the favorite at +750, followed by Jon Rahm at +850. From there, the odds drop to Rory McIlair at +1300, Xander Schaufele at +1700 and Patrick Cantley at +1900. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau are +2100 respectively, followed by Dustin Johnson at +2400 and Jason Day at +2900. Cameron Young, Victor Howland and Justin Thomas are +3200 respectively.

PGA Championship betting predictions

Option 1: Rory McIlroy (+1300)

Half of McIlroy’s four major victories have come at the PGA Championship. With his victory at Valhalla in 2014 marking his last major to date, McIlroy has 17 top-10 finishes in 10 appearances, the most of any golfer over that span (2015). He tied for eighth at the 2019 PGA Championship and is tied for eighth in 2022. While he struggled to regain his winning formula at the event, he nevertheless won the PGA Championship twice in a three-year span. Year after year, McIlroy has placed himself at the top of the majors. Since 2009, McIlroy has produced at least one top ranking in 14 consecutive years. It is the longest streak by any player since all four majors became stroke events in 1958.

Option 2: Colin Morikawa (+3400)

Morikawa’s win at TPC Harding Park in 2020 was his first major victory in his second major start. He added to that with a win at The Open in 2021 and now the 26-year-old is looking to add a third major trophy to his collection. He became the fourth player to win multiple PGA Championships at age 26 or younger, joining Tiger Woods, McIlroy and Gene Sarazen. It would be Morikawa’s 14th major league start overall and, if he wins, he would tie Peter Thomson for the most wins in the first 14 games by a player since 1950. In a 14-player first major start, he could make history this weekend.

Option 3: Jan Rahm (+850)

It will be the 28-year-old’s first career start as the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking. Rahm rose to world No. 1 after each of her two major wins and has spent several weeks at the top of the rankings. However, this is the first time he has entered a major at the top of the OWGR, and six players have won a major as the No. 1 player since 1986. Plus another one at Riviera at the Gensis Invitational, Ram has been incredible this season. He picked up his fourth win of the year at the Masters last month, and his four victories this season are twice as many as any other player. All this in light of the fact that he did not play at the Players Championship weekend when he withdrew due to illness before the second round. He has played in 14 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak of any player.

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