2016 PGA Championship betting odds are up at bet365! The tournament takes place from July 28th to July 31st 2016 at the 121-year-old Baltusrol course in Springfield, New Jersey. This is the fourth and final major tournament of the year with Danny Willett of England capturing the Masters in April, American Dustin Johnson taking the U.S. Open in June and Henrik Stenson of Sweden winning the recent British Open.
2016 PGA Championship Betting Preview
The PGA’s second-ranked Dustin Johnson leads the betting market for this year’s event at 8/1 and that’s understandable considering how he’s been playing in 2016. However, he may struggle with the tight course after being used to the wide open space offered in his recent outings.
Top-ranked Jason Day of Australia is next at 9/1 to take the tournament and his game better suits the course than Johnson. However, he hasn’t been at his best over the past few weeks.
Rounding out the top-10 betting favorites are Rory McIlroy also at 9/1, Jordan Spieth 14/1, Henrik Stenson 15/1, Phil Mickelson 20/ 1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Justin Rose 30/1, Adam Scott 33/1 and Bubba Watson also at 33/1.
Those with a good chance to win the PGA Championship appear to be Stenson, Garcia and even Rickie Fowler. Here’s a closer look at these three:
Henrik Stenson 16/1
- The 40-year-old Stenson of Sweden is currently ranked fifth in the world and is just coming off of his record-breaking triumph at the British Open at Royal Troon. He’s obviously in top form at the moment and hasn’t been this good since taking the Fedex Cup back in 2013. In the past 12 months, Stenson has won a pair of tournaments and has finished as runner-up five times. He’s also placed third on three occasions with his two victories coming in his past three events. Stenson is arguably the hottest golfer in the PGA Championship. He made the cut at Baltusrol in 2005, but should do a lot better than that this year. He’s currently the fifth favorite at 15/1.
Sergio Garcia 25/1
- Garcia of Spain is currently ranked 10th on the tour, but his style of play suits the way the Baltusrol course is set up. He placed in the top 25 there 11 years ago and has been in fine form lately. He captured the Byron Nelson tournament in May and has placed in the top-five three times since then in this year’s U.S. Open, the BMW International and the British Open. The 35-year-old also placed second at the Honda and third in the Open De Espana this year. Garcia has been extremely consistent in 2016 and should do well this weekend. He’s the seventh favorite at 25/1 and is still looking for that elusive first major title.
Rickie Fowler 40/1
- American Rickie Fowler enters the tournament ranked seventh in the world and like Garcia, the 37-year-old is still looking for his first major victory. Fowler started the year well, but has leveled off recently. He won early in the year in Abu Dhabi, but then more or less handed Hideki Matsuyama the Waste Management title and has been struggling since. Fowler finished in the top 10 at Bridgestone and has been improving since. If he’s at his best he should be competitive this weekend, especially with Butch Harmon coaching him. At 40/1, Fowler is the 11th favorite betting-wise in this tournament and could be worth the risk.
2016 PGA Championship Betting – Takeaway:
The current PGA Championship layout is a bit similar to the U.S. Open and this means the lower course at Baltusrol may be one of the most difficult venues this year. The course is longer than it was back in 2005 when Phil Mickelson won it and it should be a tough test. Golfers will need to produce long and straight drives to be successful here.
By Ian S. Palmer