Odds are out for golf betting's final major tournament of the season. The PGA Championship tees off this week at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
The par-72 course stretches for more than 7,600 yards of hills and narrow fairways. The No. 16 signature hole is punctuated by Hazeltine Lake, one of nine holes with water hazards. The course has made numerous changes and improvements in the past year, leading up to the PGA Championship. Hazeltine National Golf Club currently boasts a course rating of 78.0.
Tiger Woods is no surprise at the top of the betting board. BetUS oddsmakers have listed the world's No. 1 player as a +150 favorite to win his fifth PGA Championship. Woods is fresh off a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend and claimed victory in three of his past four tournaments.
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Tiger has yet to claim a major tournament win this season after finishing tied for sixth at The Masters and U.S. Open and missing the cut at the British Open. This week Woods is being paired with last year's champion, Padraig Harrington, who he edged out at the Bridgestone by four shots with a final round 65 while Harrington blew up with a score of 72 on Sunday.
Harrington is priced at +2000 this week. His T-2 finish last weekend was his first Top 10 placing of the season. The native of Ireland was in a bit of a funk before that finish. He placed tied for 65th at the British Open and missed the cut in the three tournaments leading up to that. Harrington has yet to live up to his stellar 2008 season and told reporters this week that he's still kicking himself for his collapse at the Bridgestone.
Veteran Phil Mickelson is listed at +1600 to win his second PGA Championship. Mickelson came back to play last weekend after taking six weeks away from golf to deal with his wife and mother's bouts with breast cancer. He showed some rust at the Bridgestone, placing tied for 58th. Lefty has played in just 13 events this season, making the cut in 10 of those tournaments and picking up two wins and six Top 10 finishes.
There are four players all priced at +2500 for this week's tournament. Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, and Steve Stricker are all legit contenders for the PGA Championship. Stricker is currently ranked second behind Tiger Woods on the money list. The Wisconsin native is coming off a sixth-place showing last weekend and has finished in the Top 10 in eight of his 17 events this season. His best finish at the PGA Championship was a second-place performance in 1998.
Stewart Cink and Sergio Garcia are set at +3000, while Kenny Perry is listed at +3500. Garcia is still on the hunt for his first career major. He has come close in past PGA Championships, finishing in second place in 1999 and in last year's event. This season, the Spaniard is ranked sixth in the World Golf Rankings but has yet to win a tournament in 2009. He has missed nine of 12 cuts and has an average score over 71.
Six players come into this week's competition priced at +4000. Anthony Kim, Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Ross Fisher, and two-time PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh are all tempting plays. Singh is 12th in the World Golf Rankings but has finished inside the Top 10 in just two of his past seven outings.