This year’s event tees off Thursday from Oklahoma with Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler favoured on the golf odds.
It might be the least prestigious of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the PGA Tour, but the PGA Championship usually has the strongest field of the four.
One reason this tournament usually has the best field: It’s the only one of the four majors that is exclusively for professional players. The winner gets automatic entry into the other three majors as well as a chance to play the PGA Championship for life. A five-year membership on the Tour also is included for the champion.
This year, the host course is the very tough Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., a par 70 at about 7,550 yards. It has hosted three US Opens and four PGA Championships. The last of those was the 2007 PGA Championship won at 7-under by Tiger Woods – Canada’s Stephen Ames was second, three shots back. It would be a surprise if the winner this week is double-digit under par.
Speaking of Woods, he’s set to play for the first time since his return at the Masters, where he impressed with an opening-round 71, but it went downhill from there and he finished T47. Tiger has won this tournament four times (last in 2007), one shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record. Tiger is +6600 this week.
It’s rare Tiger is not the biggest story of a tournament, but in a way the biggest story this week may be who isn’t playing: Defending champion Phil Mickelson. He has become persona non grata on the Tour because of his infamous interview regarding the new Saudi-backed LIV golf league. Lefty was originally in the field but officially withdrew last week.
Last year at age 50 (month shy of 51), Mickelson made history by becoming the oldest major tournament winner. He finished at 6-under 282 at Kiawah Island in South Carolina to beat out Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen by two shots. Mickelson made 22 birdies, with at least five in every round to offset 14 bogeys and a double bogey. Charl Schwartzel has replaced Mickelson in the field and Kramer Hickok replaced Harris English, who withdrew Friday due to injury.
Koepka (+3300) was in some doubt this week after withdrawing last Wednesday from the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas, although no injury was given. He has battled injuries for a while and not played well this season. He won the 2018 & ’19 PGA Championship and is in the field as of now.
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2022 PGA Championship Golf Odds
The top two players in the world, Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm, are each +1200 atop the board. Scheffler is the early favourite for PGA Tour Player of the Year with four wins, including the Masters in April for his first major. He comes off a T15 at the Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday. Scheffler’s best PGA Championship finish was T4 in 2020. Rahm comes off his first win of the season a couple of weeks ago in Mexico. His best PGA finish was T8 last year.
Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are each +1600 with Collin Morikawa +2000. I liked Spieth to win the Byron Nelson, and he finished runner-up by a shot to KH Lee (+15000 this week). Spieth’s best PGA was a runner-up in 2015 to Jason Day in Wisconsin. It’s the only major he has yet to win. Thomas won the 2017 PGA in North Carolina. McIlroy has won this tournament twice, last in 2014. Morikawa won in 2020 in San Francisco.
No Canadian has won this tournament. Corey Conners was the top finisher last year at T17, with Adam Hadwin T64, while Mackenzie Hughes missed the cut. Conners is +6600 this week with Hadwin +12500 and Hughes +20000.
PGA Championship Golf Predictions
We will go with Shane Lowry to win his second major (British Open) at +4000. He enters with three straight T3 finishes on the Tour (one at the team event in New Orleans). Lowry was T4 in the 2021 PGA Championship.