USPGA Championship 2019 Betting and Odds Preview
The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament and one of the four majors on the PGA tour. Also known as USPGA, it is organized by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Established in 1916, the USPGA is an official money event on the PGA Tour and one of the richest one at that – in 2018, the prize purse was $11 million.
As the second major on the PGA Tour, the USPGA golf tournament is a highly popular tournament which includes the top golf players in the rankings. Starting from this year, the USPGA will be played in May on the weekend before Memorial Day. Previously, the USPGA was held as the final major in the season, held in mid-August.
The tournament has been played on a number of venues. The 2019 edition, for example, will be played in Farmingdale, New York, on the Bethpage Black golf course. Like other majors, the PGA champions are invited to play in the Masters, The Open, and the US Open, as well as the Players Championship in the next 5 years. This means that the USPGA grants privileges that ensure career security. Additionally, every player in the USPGA is given membership on the PGA Tour for 5 years and the European Tour for 7.
Last year, Brooks Koepka won the USPGA and the US Open as well. Koepka also holds the highest aggregate score at the USPGA with 264, which equals the record for all majors. This year, however, bookies have other favourites in mind. Koepka may be in the top section of the list, but other golfers have raced ahead in the rankings, putting themselves in a pole position to win the USPGA. Well, at least according to bookies.
Date: May 13-19, 2019
Dustin Johnson Tops the List
Dustin Johnson is the current number 2 on the PGA rankings. He was on the top spot not too long ago and is currently the main bookie favourite for a number of tournaments including the USPGA. Johnson is in great form this season so this isn’t very surprising. Racing ahead of Tiger Woods, Koepka, and Rory McIlroy among others, Johnson is the biggest favourite for the USPGA when it comes to the majority of online bookmakers.
At the moment, Johnson leads the list at 10Bet, Fun88, BetEast, and BetVision with odds of 10/1. We all have to agree that those odds are great. If you bet on Johnson and he wins the USPGA, you’ll get a return 10 times bigger than your stake – if that’s not a massive win, we don’t know what is.
The problem is that Johnson’s form on majors isn’t exactly stellar. He only has one in his trophy cabinet – the US Open in 2016. Bookies believe that he clearly has the quality to win the USPGA this year and many experts think the same as well. If you believe that the other golfers don’t stand a chance against Johnson, he looks like a great pick.
Can Tiger Woods Get Back to Winning Majors?
The legendary Tiger Woods won his last major in 2008 (US Open). Since then, he’s been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. After years of controversy and injuries, Woods is back at his best in the past year or so, although he’s yet to win a major again. That could change this year – bookies have placed Woods among the top 3 favourites for many tournaments this year, starting with the USPGA.
Woods is not too far from leading favourite Dustin Johnson for this year’s tournament. He’s been given odds of 11/1 by Fun88, BetEast, BetVision, and 10Bet. This makes Woods a pretty dangerous opponent. The American legend is trying to get back to winning majors, and the USPGA is a perfect opportunity.
There’s no question about Woods’ qualities. He is one of the best golfers of all time along with Jack Nicklaus and holds dozens of records in golf. If he finds his best form at the USPGA, you can expect Woods to go for the top. At 11/1, he looks like a great deal, especially when you take his experience and trophy cabinet in consideration.
Justin Thomas or Rory McIlroy – Who’s Your Pick?
Bookies can’t seem to separate Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy on the list of USPGA favourites. Both have enough experience on the tournament. The American won it two years ago, while McIlroy has two USPGA trophies from 2012 and 2014. Currently ranked #3 and #5 on the list, McIlroy and Thomas are always among the biggest favourites at any tournament they enter.
Fun88, BetEast, 10Bet, and BetVision have them both at odds of 12/1 for the 2019 edition of the USPGA. As you can see, both golfers are not that far from Woods or top favourite Dustin Johnson. This means that they have a shot at the title, even if the chances are slimmer than Johnson’s or Woods’.
If you watch golf, you know that McIlroy can beat anyone anytime and anywhere. The same goes for Thomas – he may lack the career titles of Woods or McIlroy, but he’s not an opponent you’d like to face. At 12/1, both look like great deals. Pick your favourite, relax and follow the latest golf scores when the tournaments starts in May. You may be in for a more-than-solid return.
Can Brooks Koepka Go Back to Back?
Brooks Koepka won two majors last year – the USPGA and the US Open. Koepka went back-to-back in the US Open, winning the major twice in 2017 and 2018. He surprised everyone by winning the USPGA as well, especially as he was not among the top favourites. Thanks to his great season last year, Koepka broke into the top 10 golfers in the world, currently holding the fourth spot.
As the defending champion, Koepka enters the USPGA with odds of 16/1 (BetVision, BetEast, 10Bet, Fun88). He’s not the biggest favourite with those odds, but let’s not forget that he wasn’t a favourite last year as well. Brooks Koepka is still young at 28 and has shown that he has the mettle to win majors. Betting on his 16/1 odds will bring you a sizeable return should Koepka lift the trophy again, so choose wisely.
Betting on the favourite doesn’t always work. There have been many instances in sports when underdogs won a tournament when no one gave them big chances. This seems to be Koepka’s story as well, so keep him in mind if you plan on betting on the USPGA outright favourite.