Our 2024 PGA Championship predictions might be early, but now could be the best time to wager.
The sportsbook has odds for the 2024 tournament, which is currently headlined by Scottie Scheffler at the top of the market.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka also features in our PGA Championship picks, and he’s paying a handsome price.
Scheffler Tops Markets
The latest PGA Championship news suggests that Scheffler is hungry to win another major, and although his best form comes in February, March and April, he could win the May feature.
The American, who is at the top of his game, only needs to putt well to win in 2024. He is the best ball striker on the PGA Tour, and it’s only a matter of time before that translates into more success.
If Scheffler grabs a lead at the 2024 PGA Championship, the tournament is his to lose. He is a great front-running golfer, and the +750 with online gambling markets is a fair price.
Koepka Eyes Fourth
Leaving Koepka out of your selections is almost criminal. The powerful American is a three-time winner of the PGA Championship, including winning in 2023 by two strokes over Scheffler and Viktor Hovland.
Five of his seven Tour victories have come at the major level, so he’s the best majors player in the field. It’s crazy to think Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major since Koepka has been on the PGA Tour, and Koepka owns five.
He might be a polarizing figure having his beef with Bryson DeChambeau before moving to LIV, but he should be considered as one of the best players in the world.
Betting online markets have him at +1150, which is a great value price. McIlroy is at +975, and he hasn’t won a major since 2014, so the value resides with Koepka.
Tony Finau has come close to winning at the major level, and although he can be tough to follow at the best of times, he knows how to win.
He is a six-time PGA Tour winner, including three wins in 2022 when taking the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Houston Open, and 3M Open.
When he’s hot, he’s one of the best golfers on the planet, so he’s always a danger to win the big tournament.
Finau has a plethora of top finishes in the majors, including three top 10 finishes at the PGA Championship. He finished T8 in 2021, and he has missed the cut just once from nine attempts.
Live betting markets often have Finau at value odds no matter where on the leaderboard he is. We wouldn’t leave him out of selections.
Jon Rahm has gone on a tear in the 2022-23 PGA TOUR with four wins and eight top-10 finishes. His outstanding season is topped by winning The Masters, which is considered the most prestigious Golf tournament. With Rahm leading the FedExCup standings by a wide margin, he is the favorite to win the PGA Championship.
However, Rahm has not been close to winning this event. He finished 48th last year, and his best finish was a tie for eighth in 2021.
Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are also popular PGA Championship picks. Scheffler is consistently among the favorites after his breakout 2021-22 campaign.
He finished second in the tour standings last season and is currently second behind Rahm. Scheffler did not place in the 2022 PGA Championship but tied for eighth in 2021 and fourth in 2019.
McIlroy has been one of the biggest names in golf for years. After winning the FedExCup last year, his play has slid in the 2022-23 tour. However, McIlroy has a great history with the PGA Championship, winning it in 2012 and 2014.
Following poor finishes for several years, McIlroy has found his groove at the PGA Championship once again. In fact, his eighth-place finish in 2019 and 2022 were his best placements since his 2014 win.
Justin Thomas & Brooks Koepka
Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka are also hard names to miss in PGA Championship news. Neither player has a win this season. Thomas has two top-10 finishes while Koepka has one.
Thomas has not had multiple tour wins since the 2019-20 season. Koepka has not won a tournament since the WM Phoenix Open in the 2020-21 season. Like McIlroy, both players had a lot of success at the PGA Championship.
He won the tournament in 2017 and 2022. Koepka went back-to-back in 2018 and 2019. Neither has performed well in recent seasons, but you cannot write them off at the PGA Championship thanks to multiple career wins.
Emerging Star: Wyndham Clark
Following his first PGA TOUR win in the Wells Fargo Championship, Wyndham Clark has become a hot name. This has been a breakout season for Clark, as he is fifth in the FedExCup standings. His win at the Wells Fargo Championship secured berths for two majors – the PGA Championship and Open Championship.
Clark will have long odds to win the PGA Championship, but considering his recent play, it could be worth the risk.
Many PGA Championship predictions could look to cash in on Clark’s breakout season.
The PGA Championship History
The PGA Championship is the second of four major championships on the PGA and European Tours but is conducted by the PGA of America, the organization that is made up of club professionals who operate pro shops and give lessons to local players.
The tournament has been a stroke play event since 1958 and was played in August from 1969 to 2018, moving to May in 2019 to accommodate a change to the PGA Tour schedule.
The move to May increased the course options for the tournament, with cooler temperatures bringing more potential venues into the mix or better weather for longtime host courses.
The site of the 2022 PGA Championship, Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saw 90 degree temperatures in 2007, so golfers and fans alike appreciated the more temperate weather moving forward.
The tournament is generally considered the least of the four major championships, especially after the resurgence of The Open Championship in the 1970’s.
Throughout its history, the PGA Championship has produced a large number of not only first time major champions but also winners who ended up with the victory remaining their only major title.
For bettors, that fact makes it a little more difficult event to wager on, with numerous longshots, like Rich Beem, Y.A. Yang, Mark Brooks, Keegan Bradley, and Jason Dufner pulling surprises to win the Wanamaker Trophy.
PGA Championship Odds and Field Composition: A Closer Look at Contenders and Qualifiers
Since the PGA Championship is a major tournament, the PGA Championship Odds are usually available far in advance of the event, even before the full field has been announced. However, given the qualifying criteria, at least half the 156 player field, and especially most of the top contenders, are locked in months prior to the start of the tournament.
There are 20 spots in the event that are reserved for the top finishers in the PGA Professional Championship that takes place in late April, but since those mostly club pros aren’t experienced tournament players, they rarely factor into the outcome of the tournament and really aren’t legitimate threats from a wagering perspective.
Since Tour winners in the year prior to the tournament qualify, there can occasionally be late additions to the field that could threaten the favorites.