PGA Championship Live Betting 2022: Trends to Know

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 12th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 19, 2022, 9:37 PM

The 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills is underway. 

This means when it comes to golf betting, the attention shifts toward live golf odds.

These odds will change constantly over the final three rounds, even after one particular hole. For example, after Tiger Woods birdied his opening hole on Thursday, his odds to win the PGA Championship went from +6600 to +4000.

All of it makes the golf watching experience that much more fun, especially for a tournament like the PGA Championship, where players are playing for a purse of more than $12 million.

After Thursday’s first round, Rory McIlroy is in the lead at 5-under. He’s one shot in front of Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge. All three players went off in the morning. The course played roughly a shot harder Thursday afternoon than Thursday morning.

Here are some trends to keep in mind when betting on players to win outright heading into Rounds 2, 3 and 4.

Live PGA Championship Betting Trends For Round 2

Of the 10 previous significant professional championships played at Southern Hills (seven majors, one senior major and two Tour Championships), eight times the winner led or co-led after the opening round.

– Four of the past five winners of the PGA Championship have been at least three shots back after Round 1.

– Each of the last 12 major winners overall have been within at least four shots of the lead after the first round.

There are 26 players within at least four shots of the lead following the first round.

Live PGA Championship Betting Trends For Round 3

– In those 10 previous significant professional championships at Southern Hills, all 10 times the winner was in first or second place after 36 holes (eight times leading, twice in second).

– In the last 10 PGA Championships, the winner has led after the second round five times. And only two winners have been more than two shots behind the leader, the most being six (Collin Morikawa, 2020).

Live PGA Championship Betting Trends For Final Round

– Six of the last eight winners have led after the third round. The other two were within two shots of the lead.

– Of the last 40 majors, 39 have been won by players ranked inside the top 50 in the world (Phil Mickelson last year at the PGA Championship was the lone exception). Six of the past eight major winners have ranked 12th or better.

The top-12 ranked golfers currently are:

  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Jon Rahm
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Cameron Smith
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Thomas
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Dustin Johnson

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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.”