PGA Championship Picks: 5 Favorites to Target

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Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 17, 2022, 10:15 AM

The PGA Championship, golf’s second major of the year, is right around the corner. 

This means it’s time to start digging into the PGA Championship odds and building a strategy when it comes to PGA Championship betting.

Unlike a normal PGA Tour event, where really anyone teeing it up has a chance to win, winners of majors more often than not come from a pool of the best players in the world. 

With that in mind, here’s a list of players with the 20 shortest odds and five who are worth taking a good look at.

2022 PGA Championship Favorites Odds to Win

PlayerOdds (as of May 11)
Scottie Scheffler +1100
Jon Rahm+1200
Collin Morikawa+1400
Justin Thomas+1400
Rory McIlroy+1400
Dustin Johnson+1600
Cameron Smith+1800
Patrick Cantlay+2000
Viktor Hovland+2000
Brooks Koepka+2200
Jordan Spieth+2200
Xander Schauffele+2500
Hideki Matsuyama+3300
Shane Lowry+3300
Will Zalatoris+3300
Bryson DeChambeau+4000
Daniel Berger+4000
Joaquin Niemann+4000
Matt Fitzpatrick+4000
Sam Burns+4000

PGA Championship, 2022 Predictions:

Scottie Scheffler, Odds to Win PGA Championship: +1100

Given how Scheffler is playing of late, how can he not be considered?

The world’s No. 1 player has won four of the last six individual tournaments he’s played in, including the Masters. No player is as hot as Scheffler. 

The 25-year-old recently played Southern Hills, and according to assistant pro Cameron Chhim, Scheffler shot a 6-under 64.

Justin Thomas, Odds to Win PGA Championship: +1400

It’s hard to believe the No. 8-ranked player in the world has only one major win, the 2017 PGA Championship. He also hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since the 2021 Players Championship, which was more than a full calendar year ago.

Despite the winless streak, Thomas has played some good golf, especially of late. He has four top-8 finishes in his last eight starts, including a T-8 at the Masters. Thomas missed the cut at last year’s PGA Championship, so there may be some extra motivation going into the week.

Thomas’ solid all-around game makes him a great pick.

Viktor Hovland, Odds to Win PGA Championship: +2000

Hovland is a terrific talent but doesn’t quite have the all-around game yet to make him a factor in every major.

The 24-year-old struggles around the greens, which isn’t ideal for majors contested on some of the hardest courses. With that being said, the PGA Championship might give him the best chance to win right now of any major as the course setups typically aren’t as difficult as the other three.

Hovland is fourth in birdie average (4.92) this year on the PGA Tour, which should come in handy at a course like Southern Hills.

Patrick Cantlay, Odds to Win PGA Championship: +2000

Cantlay may be the best player in the world who has yet to win a major. However, he’s won some big events, including the 2021 FedEx Cup.

The 30-year-old has made the cut in all five of his PGA Championship appearances, with his best finish being a T-3 back in 2019. He also enters the week playing some great golf.

He’s coming off a win with Xander Schauffele in the team event at the Zurich Classic, and he lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth the week before at the RBC Heritage.

Cantlay eventually will get over the hump and win a major. Until he does, he needs to be considered every time he tees it up.

Xander Schauffele, Odds to Win PGA Championship: +2500

Schauffele, too, is in a bit of a slump, but he always seems to put himself in contention at majors.

In four straight years, the 28-year-old has recorded two top-10 finishes in majors. After missing the cut at the Masters, recent history would indicate he’ll have a solid week at the PGA Championship.

Schauffele won the gold medal at the 2021 Olympics, but he hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

He is due.

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Ryan Hannable

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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.”