PGA Championship 2022: 10 Bets I’ve Made

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Will Zalatoris hits on the 12th fairway during the third round at the Masters golf tournament on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Augusta, Ga.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 18, 2022, 5:32 PM

Golf’s second major, the PGA Championship, is here, and what a week it will be for golf betting

In addition to betting on the tournament winner, there are plenty of other ways to bet on the event.

Prior to Thursday’s first round, PGA Championship betting odds will be worth taking a look at and then there are hundreds of other bets, including prop bets on where a player will finish, head-to-head matchups and much more to consider as well.

Once the tournament gets going, there will be opportunities to live bet, which will require looking at live golf odds. These will change constantly over the four days. 

Here are 10 bets I have made before Thursday.

Justin Thomas Winner +1600

Thomas is due. He hasn’t won an event since the 2020 Players Championship, which has been frustrating for the No. 9-ranked player in the world. But, it’s not like he hasn’t played well.

The 29-year-old has seven top-10 finishes this year, including a T-8 at the Masters where he shot a 76 on Thursday. If he can put four consistent rounds together, Thomas has a good chance of winning his second career major.

Will Zalatoris Top 5 +650

The 25-year-old crushes majors.

Zalatoris has appeared in six majors, not including the British Open last year when he was forced to withdraw due to a wrist injury, and he has four top-8 finishes. Two of those six are at Augusta National, which has some similarities to Southern Hills.

He enters following a missed cut last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but that doesn’t concern me too much.

Cameron Smith Top 10 +225

Smith is another player who has enjoyed a ton of success at Augusta, so I like his chances this week. He has three straight top-10 finishes there, including a T-3 last month.

The Australian won the Players Championship earlier this year, so he’s shown he can win against the best of the best. Also, if the wind picks up he’s one of the best wind players on the PGA Tour.

Jordan Spieth Top 10 +190

Not many players are hotter right now than Spieth. 

The 28-year-old is coming off a second-place finish last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson and a win at the RBC Heritage in late April. It’s hard to bet against Spieth when he is playing well.

Another thing going his way is this PGA Championship is expected to play more difficult than most, which certainly fits the way Spieth plays.

Cameron Young Top 20 +250

He is one of my favorite players on the PGA Tour and it’s only a matter of time before he wins. That might not come this week at a major but expect a strong showing.

Known for his ball-striking, the windy conditions shouldn’t faze the 25-year-old. He hasn’t made a cut in three major championships, but he has shown he can contend in solid fields. Young earned a second-place at the Genesis Invitational earlier this year.

Davis Riley Top 20 +450

The 25-year-old is a name not many casual golf fans know, but they should start to learn.

Riley ranks 14th this year on Tour in birdie average and enters the second major of the year in great form. In his last three starts, he has three top-9 finishes.

While he may not be ready to contend at a major, a top-20 finish seems very attainable.

Tiger Woods to Make Cut -125

While not the best value, this seems like the best bet to make on Woods this week.

The Masters showed it’s going to take some time for him to get his strength and endurance back as he clearly faded over the weekend (78-78). But, Woods was even-par after two rounds so he was solid the first two days.

I am looking for the same to happen again this week in Tulsa. Woods has the game, at least for the first two days, to be among the 70-best players in the field as the top-70 and ties advance to the weekend. 

Louis Oosthuizen to Miss Cut +180

Health is an issue for the No. 15-ranked player in the world. He was forced to withdraw from the Masters (neck) following the first round in his last start and hasn’t teed it up since. 

It’s hard to imagine him being full strength, so it seems to make sense to take the plus-money and bet on him to miss the cut.

Cameron Young (-125) Over Keegan Bradley

As mentioned earlier, Young is a stud and should do very well at Southern Hills.

Meanwhile, Bradley comes in playing solid and has a PGA Championship win to his name, but he has just one top-20 finish at a major since 2017.

Young is the better player than Bradley right now and he should be able to finish ahead of the 35-year-old.

Xander Schauffele (-110) Over Viktor Hovland

Both are star young players who haven’t yet won a major, and likely will, but for this week I am going against Hovland.

While he went to school close by at Oklahoma State and has played the course several times, the restoration does not fit his game. It puts a lot of pressure on performance around the green with chipping and that is not the strength of Hovland’s game.

Schauffele has a solid all-around game that should serve him well this week.

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”