2019 PGA Championship Betting Preview, Picks, and Tips

By Drew Goldfarb in Sports & Betting on May 15, 2019

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After Tiger Woods’ surprising 2019 win at The Masters, all eyes are on the golfing legend this weekend at the PGA Championship. Woods enters the weekend as the second favorite golfer to win 2019’s second Major at +1100 odds. But before getting into picks, there is a lot more to consider when it comes to betting on the PGA Championship.

Prop betting allows for a wide variety of wagers to be placed. You can wager on which previous champion will have the best tournament, whether or not there will be a hole-in-one during the event, or even pit two golfers against one another and pick which will have the better round or tournament.

When considering placing a wager of any kind on a golf tournament (the PGA Championship or otherwise), it’s important to factor in the course itself. The 2019 tournament will be played at Bethpage Black, one of the most difficult courses in the United States. In addition to that, the area received plenty of rainfall in the days leading up to Round 1. While golfers have said that the course hasn’t been very muddy during their practice rounds, it does suggest that the course will play “long”, meaning that golfers won’t get many bounces or extra distance from lengthy rolls.

As far as the tournament field goes, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson are each posting at +1100, tying them as the second-most heavily-favored golfers to take home a win this weekend. The favorite, according to betting odds, is 2018 tournament champion Brooks Koepka who sits at +1000.

Taylor Smith is going with Koepka as his betting choice to win the PGA Championship this year, which would make him the first repeat winner since Tiger Woods, and only the sixth golfer to accomplish the feat (Gene Sarazen in 1922-1923, Walter Hagen in 1924-1927, Leo Diegel in 1928-1929, Denny Shute in 1936-1937, and Tiger Woods in 1999-2000 and 2006-2007). You can get more on Taylor’s pick for who will win the tournament, as well as his favorite prop bets, by watching the video at the top of this page.

Drew Goldfarb

Drew has been covering sports professionally since 2007, covering sports of all kinds in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA. In addition to covering college sports, he also spent two seasons working with the NHL's Florida Panthers as part of their TV broadcast team, as well as reporting and anchoring for AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports affiliates, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU. Drew has also been active in Fantasy Sports since 2002.

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