PGA Championship: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/9/18
The 2018 PGA Championship
PGA Championship: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Bellerive Country Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CBS
We head to Missouri for the first and only time this season for the PGA Championship, the first time this tournament is in this state since 1992. There’s nothing like betting a major, as the motivation is there for everybody and the field is absolutely loaded in hopes of a career changing win. Last week many of our selections made the cut, but Rickie Fowler was the only player who finished inside the top-25. The good news is we made 23 times our money the last time there was a major. Let’s build on that.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Rory McIlroy - For the first time in a while, Rory McIlroy is starting to look like the Rory McIlroy of old. He had a top-10 finish last week at the WGC Bridgestone and was runner-up at the British Open. Regardless of his form, you can never put anything past McIlroy in big tournaments, and he’s a two-time winner at the PGA Championship and has three other top-10 finishes. Overall, McIlroy has a top-10 finish in 10 of his last 16 appearances at majors, including two of the three this year. While he hasn’t won one in four years, McIlroy and +1200 is still decent enough to play.
Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson hasn’t missed the cut since the Valsper Championship and enters this week first in greens in regulation percentage and second in driving accuracy percentage. Stenson has a top-25 finish in each of his last five appearances at the PGA Championship, and three of those finished inside the top-10. Stenson also has top-10 finishes in two of the three majors this year. The fact you can get Stenson at +4500 this week based on his consistency in majors feels like a steal.
Francesco Molinari - Francesco Molinari watched his ridiculous streak come to an end last week, but he was still a decent +1 at the Bridgestone Invitational and has now made the cut in 11 of his last 12 PGA tries. Molinari won the last major and continues to be one of the hotter golfers on the planet, finishing 16th or better in four of his last seven events. Molinari is now 20th in scoring average. And still somehow, you can keep getting the Italian at these big numbers, this week he’s +3000. I’ll take it.
Tony Finau - Tony Finau doesn’t have a victory this year, but he’s finished in the top-10 in three of his last five events and is third in driving distance and 13th in scoring average. Finau has missed the cut once since the Houston Open and feels like he’s one of those young players who is simply knocking on the door time and time again. Finau has also finished in the top-10 in all three previous majors this year, and he has a top-10 finish in one of his three appearances in the PGA Championship. It’s only a matter of time. Finau and +4000 odds is worth a look.
Patrick Reed - Somehow, you can get Patrick Reed at +4000 this week. Reed has finished now worse than fourth in three of his last four major appearances, and he’s finished 13th or better in six of his last nine appearances. Reed has also finished in the top-30 in 10 of his last 12 PGA events, which included that six event stretch where he landed in the top-10 ever time. Reed has become a consistent player to watch on the big stage and is somebody who is always lowballed by oddsmakers. I’m onboard.