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Masterful Rahm Top Pick for PGA Championship

Spaniard Red Hot in 2023 With Four Wins

Rahm Eyes More Major Success

Jon Rahm was electric on the weekend at the Masters, so it’s only right to see his PGA Championship odds firm.

Next month’s major at Oak Hill should provide the same excitement after what was an intriguing 2023 Masters at Augusta National.

Jon Rahm of Spain
Jon Rahm of Spain | Patrick smith/getty images/afp

We saw a stunning amateur performance, LIV players rise to the top, and a masterclass from the winner.

PGA Championship lines changed immediately on Sunday, so let’s look at where the money should go.

PGA Championship Odds

Despite winning the Masters, Rahm is only a slight favorite to win the PGA Championship next month.

He has been underrated all year, despite winning an incredible four tournaments – and it’s only April.

The 28-year-old is favored at +750 and we can guarantee that he’ll be shorter in the week of the PGA Championship, so bettors should lock in the value odds at the sportsbook.

He’s just ahead of 2022 Masters winner Scottie Scheffler (+800), who played well on the final day to rise up the leaderboard. Scheffler is always going to be near the top of the market and the leaderboard, so he’s a worthy second favorite.

The surprise is Rory McIlroy, who continues to draw attention from bookmakers but continues to underperform. He watched the Masters from the comfort of his couch on the weekend, yet remains at +850.

Keep note that McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014, so Rahm is the best golfer to follow out of the Masters.

Big Philly Style

Count out the LIV players at your peril. That’s what we tried to tell people before the Masters.

We didn’t think the charge would come from Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, though. Mickelson showed that despite being criticized for playing an exhibition tour and not playing very well on it, he’s still got that magic.

His final round was superb, which earned him a tie for second-place finish behind Rahm. The 2019 PGA Championship winner doesn’t believe it was a fluke performance.

“This doesn’t feel like a fluke,” said Mickelson. “Hopefully it’s a stepping stone. I know I’ve been playing really well. I’ve been shooting low scores back home. I’ve been playing consistently well. When I’ve been competing, I have not been staying present. I haven’t been letting it happen, kind of forcing it.”

PGA Championship betting lines for Mickelson are +10000, so he didn’t firm overly much. We think that’s a mistake from online gambling odds because he’s a recent winner of the tournament and he has regained his best form.

It’s also the same price he paid when winning in 2019.

Thomas Drifting

Despite being a two-time PGA Championship winner, American Justin Thomas is drifting with sport betting markets.

He missed the cut at the Masters, which is a big reason why he’s now paying +2000 to win at Bay Hill. However, he is a two-time champion in this event, so he should command respect.

Thomas is a horses-for-courses type of golfer. He often plays well in the same events every year, so we think bookmakers have him at generous odds for the May golfing feature.

He’s also a golfer who needs ideal conditions from the outset. The way the Masters was stopped and started in round two could have thrown him off.

Regardless, it was a poor performance from a player most people expected to play well. However, the PGA Championship at Bay Hill is a different beast. It requires a different style of golf, which suits Thomas to a tee.

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