We make our first and only stop this year in New York for the PGA Championship, which will be played at the Bethpage Black Course. This course has held a couple of US Opens and the Barclays, so many players shouldn’t be coming in blind. Hopefully this tournament is as memorable as the Masters last month.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Tiger Woods, +1200 - I didn’t have Tiger Woods to win the Masters like so many others did, so maybe this is me trying to make up for a lost memory. Still, there’s reason to lie Woods this week considering he’s finishing in the top-10 in five of his last eight events, which includes wins at the Tour Championship and the Masters. Woods also won the 2002 US Open at the Bethpage Black Course at 26 years old, becoming the sixth player ever to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam. Woods got the monkey off his back and is now in New York. The atmosphere is going to be electric. We could see lighting strike again.
Adam Scott, +5500 - Adam Scott has been hit or miss these last several weeks, as he’s either missed the cut or finished inside the top-20 each of his last five events. Scott is one of the few players who has played this course all four times, and he had a top-five finish here back in 2016. Experience matters on a course this difficult, so it’s all about hoping this is one of those weeks Scott is feeling it and puts together a solid showing. We should be able to tell rather quickly.
Xander Schauffele, +2800 - Current form doesn’t exactly matter when it comes to Xander Schauffele, as this is somebody who shows up on the biggest stages. Schauffele finished runner-up at the Masters and has top-10 finishes in four of his eight major appearances for his career. At just 25 years old, Schauffele has put himself in elite company and is somebody you can never overlook when the lights shine bright. Schauffele is a top-10 contender this week, making these odds worth a play.
Dustin Johnson, +1100 - Dustin Johnson has top-10 finishes in nine of his last 17 major appearances, which obviously includes a win in the 2016 US Open. Not missing a cut since the 2018 Open, Johnson is consistently pushing the leaderboard and has made himself a threat to win each and every week. The greens to the Black Course are also Poa annua, which is where Johnson has some of his best putting performances of his career. The odds aren’t as juicy as others, but Johnson is a tough pass as long as you can get him at 10 to 1 or higher.
Ryan Moore, +15000 - Outside of a third place finish at the Valero Texas Open, Ryan Moore has done very little recently, so there’s good reason why these odds are so big. However, Moore has a pair of top-10 finishes at Bethpage Black Course in the 2009 US Open and 2016 Barclays. That sort of success can’t be overlooked and makes Moore a dark horse with some giddy up. We saw Sung Kang win the AT&T Byron Nelson last week at 100 to 1 odds last week. Moore could be next in line to keep the dark horse golf winners rolling.