Slump? What slump? Rory McIlroy may have had a rough couple of months prior to winning at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month, but he’s still Rory — and the PGA tour betting odds reflect it. Heading into this week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, he tops the PGA’s online odds at +1200 to win his fifth career major and 20th overall.
McIlroy recently missed the cut at both the Masters Tournament and THE PLAYERS Championship. In fact, he hadn’t played on a Sunday since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March. His drop in the FedExCup standings went from No. 15 last September to No. 51 in late February. He also hadn’t won a tournament since late 2019.
Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, and Jordan Spieth are all right behind McIlroy at +1400. And don’t forget about Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who both stand at +1600.
That’s right folks, it’s time for another PGA Major. While the PGA Championship doesn’t necessarily have the prestige of say, the Masters or The Open Championship, it still will bring out the best in the competitors.
McIlroy won the PGA Championship the last time it cycled through this weekend’s course near Charleston, S.C., capturing the 2012 trophy. He also won the 2014 title when it was held at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
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The truth is, McIlroy may have hit some bumps in the road in recent months, but he’s not the only player who has played inconsistently in this pandemic-infested PGA season — which is a mixture of 2020 and 2021.
Dustin Johnson has dealt with a nagging knee injury and has had his struggles since his last top 10 in February, though he retains the No. 1 overall spot in the world rankings. Jon Rahm, who was expected to be one of the top candidates to win last week’s Byron Nelson, finished tied for 34th. He also missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship that McIlroy captured recently.
Here is a sampling of what kinds of opportunities and specials are available and how wagering is already going for the PGA Championship:
FIRST ROUND LEADER — HIGHEST HANDLES (as of Wednesday)
Cameron Smith (+5000) — 6.3%
Keegan Bradley (+6600) — 5.9%
Sergio Garcia (+6600) — 4.9%
SPECIALS EXAMPLE (as of Wednesday)
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth both finish in the Top 10, including ties (+450)
MOST BET PROPS (as of Wednesday)
Jordan Spieth finish Top 5 (+300)
Will Zalatoris finish Top 20 (+180)
Viktor Hovland finish Top 10 (+200)
Will there be a hole-in-one in Round 1: Yes +400
McIlroy/Thomas/Spieth vs. the Field: +333
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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All America teams, covered FCS college football for HERO Sports … and covered current PGA golfer Hudson Swafford when he was a teenager at Maclay School in Florida. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.