The second golfing major of the year, the PGA Championship is a matter of days away, but who is the favourite at Kiawah Island?
The PGA Championship now takes place in May every year, the weekend before Memorial Day. It moves around the USA, but is most commonly played in the eastern half of the country. This year it is at Kiawah Island Golf Course, in South Carolina. Par for the course is 72 and it last hosted the PGA Championship back in 2012, with Rory McIlroy coming out on top.
Colin Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship, beating Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson by two shots. There were no fans there last year, however, this year 10,000 will be allowed in each day.
Betfair are paying ten places on The PGA Championship at 1/5 odd, should they come in each way. This could be one of the closest majors we’ve had in a while, with a lot of the favourites in good form!
PGA Championship 2021 Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy – 10/1
With his win last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy has now got himself back into the top ten, currently ranked seventh in the world. He is the favourite for this one after that impressive win and given that he has won this competition at this course back in 2012. McIlroy won by a staggering eight shots, so you’d like to think he knows his way around this course.
Rory has had five top tens in 2021, three of which have come in his last six competitions. That being said, he hasn’t won a major since 2014. There is no debating whether Rory is good enough, the issue is if he can put together four good rounds in a row. Given his history with this course and recent win, don’t be surprised to see him up there.
Jon Rahm – 12/1
Still in pursuit of his first major is the world number three, Jon Rahm. The Spaniard has played in four PGA Championships in his career, with his best finish coming in 2018 as T4. Last year he finished in T13 and would love this years to be the year he finally breaks his major duck!
Rahm has had a good 2021 in terms of top ten finishes. He has got nine so far, four from his last six starts. However, he hasn’t got himself a win this season yet. Rahm can sometimes let his emotions get the better of him, but his passion is also a huge part of his game. He has to get his first major win at some point, so why not this weekend?
Jordan Spieth – 12/1
Still on his way back to the top, is Jordan Spieth. He has had a tough couple of years, but recently is looking back to the Spieth of old, who has three majors to his name. Spieth has worked his way back up to 26th in the world, but will certainly be eyeing up a top ten sooner rather than later.
The PGA is the only major that Spieth hasn’t won. In 2015 he finished second, missing out by three shots. As we said before, 2021 has been good to Spieth. He has had seven top tens, which includes a win at the Valero Texas Open. Like Rory, there’s no questioning Spieth’s game, it’s just whether he can deliver when it matters.
Bryson DeChambeau – 14/1
The one that a lot of people tune in to watch is Bryson DeChambeau. The world number five is testing the limits of golf with his ridiculously long hitting. Sometimes this helps him massively and other times will cost him dearly. Bryson has one major win to his name, the 2020 US Open and would need another to put himself up there with some of the biggest names.
This season, he has had four top-ten finishes, winning the Arnold Palmer invitational. Bryson’s results have been sporadic this season, to say the least. With four par fives, two of which nearing 600 yards, this plays right into his game. Bryson finished fourth in 2020 and will believe he can still do better.
Justin Thomas – 14/1
JT is currently ranked second in the world after picking up a big win at the Players Championship last month. He has one major win in his career and it was the competition in 2017. 2021 has been a good year for him with that win as well as four other top-ten finishes.
Thomas is a fantastic iron player and Kiawah Island is a narrow course that will play to his game. Not being the outright favourite will benefit JT as he can go about his business quietly. He is certainly overdue another major to his name and could be one to look out for this weekend.