PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES REPORT (MAY 20)
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Golfers to watch: Favorites
Rory McIlroy (): Vaulted to the top of the odds board at +1000 with his third career win at Quail Hollow Club. He also moved back inside the top 10 of the OWGR with his first win since 2019. He’ll have course history on his side once again after winning the 2012 PGA Championship by eight strokes at 13-under par.
Jon Rahm (): Rahm is third in the OWGR. The new father tied for fifth at the Masters for a fourth straight top-10 result at Augusta National but his history in the PGA Championship hasn’t been nearly as strong. He tied for fourth in 2018 but missed the cut in 2019 before a T-13 finish last summer.
Justin Thomas (): The winner of the 2021 Players Championship seeks his second major title. He won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club and tied for sixth in 2018 before sitting out the 2019 tournament and tying for 37th in 2020. He’s second in the OWGR.
Bryson DeChambeau (): The new-look DeChambeau tied for fourth at TPC Harding Park last summer ahead of his six-stroke victory at the US Open. His added distance is well-suited to the lengthy Kiawah Ocean Course.
Jordan Spieth (): The former world No. 1 continued his 2021 resurgence with a T-3 finish at the Masters on the heels of victory at the Valero Texas Open. He’s still struggling slightly off-the-tee, but his irons and short game have been dialed in since early February; however, he hasn’t played since the Masters and had a bout with COVID-19. He opened at +6000 to win his first PGA Championship and complete the career grand slam.
Xander Schauffele (): A T-3 finish at the Masters was marred by a Sunday triple bogey on the par 3 16th but was still his fourth top-10 placing in his first eight events of the year. His T-10 showing at Harding Park was his best career finish at the PGA Championship.
Dustin Johnson (): The 2020 PGA Tour Player of the Year and FedEx Cup champion missed the cut in his defense of the Masters. It was his first missed cut in his last nine major appearances. He has back-to-back runner-up finishes and six career top-10 placings at the PGA Championship, and he tied for 48th at Kiawah Island in 2012. Johnson withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Monday afternoon due to a knee issue but it didn’t alter his odds.
Brooks Koepka (): Knee surgery and a resulting missed cut at the Masters have boosted the odds for the winner of two of the last three PGA Championships. He tied for 29th last summer with a dreadful Sunday performance. He returned to play at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Golfers to watch: Long shots
Justin Rose (): His seventh-place finish at the Masters was his first top-10 result on the PGA Tour since a ninth-place finish at last summer’s PGA Championship. He held the 18- and 36-hole leads after sitting for four weeks following a withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He tied for third at Kiawah Island in 2012.
Sergio Garcia (): Missed the cut at the 2012 PGA Championship but his current form at age 41 seems much better suited to the venue. He’s second to only DeChambeau in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee this season. He missed the cut at the Masters and RBC Heritage, but previously tied for ninth at The Players and was a quarterfinalist in match play.
Lee Westwood (): Now 48 years old when, Westwood soared up the world rankings and the odds board with back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players but cooled off with a missed cut at the Masters. He missed the cut here in 2012 but it’ll be an easier test of his putter and short game than Augusta National.
Marc Leishman (): The veteran Aussie tied for 27th at the Ocean Course in 2012. His irons have been in great form this year and helped secure a T-5 finish at the Masters. He won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event with partner Cameron Smith.
Matt Wallace (): Still looking for his first PGA Tour win, Wallace has two top-10 finishes in his last four events. He tied for third at the 2019 PGA Championship for his best result in a major to date.
Brian Harman (): The 34-year-old lefty has been climbing the OWGR all year and had three top-10 finishes in his first nine events of 2021. His T-12 at the Masters was his best major finish since a T-2 at the 2017 US Open. He made the cut in three of his last four appearances at the PGA Championship.
Stewart Cink (): One of two two-time winners on the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, Cink has soared from No. 138 to No. 42 in the OWGR since the end of 2020 but it hasn’t done much to improve his PGA Championship odds. The now-47-year-old missed the cut at the Ocean Course in 2012; however, he is former a major winner.
John Catlin (): The 30-year-old from California has become a star on the European Tour with three victories since early September 2020. The PGA Championship will be his first career major, as he plays his first PGA Tour event since a missed cut at the 2019 John Deere Classic.
Who’s coming in hot?
Hideki Matsuyama (): The Masters champion saw his odds drop accordingly for each of 2021’s remaining three majors. He ended a 3.5-year winless drought, but he won twice in 2016 and twice in 2017. He had back-to-back top-five finishes at the 2016 and 2017 PGA Championships.
Viktor Hovland (): The young Norwegian has six top-10 finishes through 11 events in 2021 after back-to-back T3 showings at the Valspar Championship and Wells Fargo Championship. He has risen from No. 14 to No. 11 in the OWGR since the end of 2020 and his odds have improved from as high as +4000 early in the year.
Tony Finau (): Finau collected three runner-up results and two other top-10 finishes through his first 10 events of 2021, including a T-10 at the Masters. His odds to win remain inflated because of his lone PGA Tour victory to date, but he’s a regular contender with nine top-10 placings in 19 career major appearances.
Will Zalatoris (): Zalatoris’ runner-up finish at the Masters was his third top-10 result in his first nine events of 2021. He tied for sixth at the 2020 US Open and will play his first PGA Championship. He’s third among qualified golfers in SG: Approach for the season.
Cameron Smith (): The 27-year-old Aussie still has just one PGA Tour win, but he has rung up three straight top-10 showings at the Masters. He made the cut in each of his last three PGA Championships and his par-5 scoring will be a major advantage at Kiawah.
Corey Conners (): He followed a T-8 finish at the Masters with a T-4 at the RBC Heritage for his fourth top-10 showing in a six-event stretch. He’s struggling with the short game but his putting has been much improved from 2020.
Max Homa (): Homa, ranked 39th in the OWGR, continues to play well at tough courses. He won The Genesis Invitational earlier this year at Riviera and tied for sixth at the Valspar Championship at Copperhead before a missed cut in his defense of the Wells Fargo Championship. His iron play has been his greatest strength as he seeks just his second career made cut in a major.