Las Vegas oddsmakers have anointed their favorite to win the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.
At the other end of the scale, some former PGA Championship winners are among the longest of the longshots.
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy tops the Vegas odds at 7/1, according to GolfOdds.com. At Bovada.lv, McIlroy rates a +700 (risk $100 to win $700) on Wednesday afternoon. McIlroy has won twice at Quail Hollow and appears to be moving beyond a nagging rib injury, a wedding, firing his longtime caddie and changing his putting game.
Jordan Spieth, who’s trying to complete his career grand slam, trails McIlroy at 8/1 in Vegas (+900 at Bovada.)
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Dustin Johnson, who leads the current world rankings, has fallen off this week in Vegas, dropping to 12/1 from 10/1. Some causes for concern: He hasn’t played Quail Hollow in six years and says he’s still bothered by a back injury from a freak fall in April. SportsLine reportedly simulated the PGA Championship 10,000 times, and didn’t even make the top 10.
Here’s a look at the top 10 golfers in the Vegas odds listed at GolfOdds.com.
- Rory McIlroy 7/1
- Jordan Spieth 8/1
- Dustin Johnson 12/1
- Rickie Fowler 12/1
- Hideki Matsuyama 12/1
- Brooks Koepka 20/1
- Jason Day 25/1
- Jon Rahm 25/1
- Justin Thomas 35/1
- Paul Casey 35/1
Here’s a look at Bovada’s top 10 on Wednesday (including five tied at No. 9) for the tournament.
- Rory McIlroy +700
- Jordan Spieth +900
- Hideki Matsuyama +1200
- Dustin Johnson +1200
- Rickie Fowler +1400
- Jon Rahm +2200
- Brooks Koepka +2200
- Jason Day +2800
- Justin Rose +4000
- Justin Thomas +4000
- Adam Scott +4000
- Sergio Garcia +4000
- Paul Casey +4000
- Charley Hoffman +4000
If you’re into really long longshots, Bovada lists 20 mostly lesser-known players at +150,000.
Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA Championship winner, is in this group. He’s playing in a group with two other former winners deemed super longshots this year, John Daly (1991) at +75,000 and two-time winner Vijay Singh (1998, 2004) at +50,000.
Closer to home and reality is Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner who lives in Charlotte. He’s ranked at +12,500 if you want to go with a “local.”
There’s also Bill Haas, who was born in Charlotte but lives in Greenville, S.C., now. He’s listed at +15,000.
VegasInsider.com offers another list for bettors from BetOnline.ag. This site has McIlroy at 7/1, Spieth at 9/1, and Hideki Matsuyama and and Johnson at 11/1 on Wednesday morning.
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