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May 15, 2022; McKinney, Texas, USA; Jordan Spieth watches his shot from the third fairway during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

  • The PGA Championship from Southern Hills Country Club tees off Thursday, May 19th from Tulsa, OK
  • Scottie Scheffler is garnering 14% of the handle to win
  • The wagering trends for the PGA Championship can be found below

The second major of the season heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. This course last hosted the PGA in 2007, when Tiger Woods emerged victorious. He’s teeing it up for the first time since last month’s Masters, and at +6500, he’s a longshot to win it again. 2021 US Open champion Jon Rahm is the slight favorite in the PGA Championship odds over 2017 PGA winner Justin Thomas and reigning Masters champ Scottie Scheffler.

The public is backing Scheffler the most, followed by Jordan Spieth, who would complete the career grand slam with a victory. Read on to see the betting trends for the PGA Championship.

2022 PGA Championship Bet and Money Percentages

Golfer Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Scottie Scheffler +1200 14% 11%
Jordan Spieth +1400 7% 5%
Cameron Smith +1800 5% 3%
Tiger Woods +6500 4% 4%
Brooks Koepka +5500 4% 3%
Rory McIlroy +1200 4% 4%
Justin Thomas +1800 3% 3%
Xander Schauffele +2000 3% 2%
Hideki Matsuyama +2000 3% 2%
Viktor Hovland +1800 3% 1%

All odds and data as of May 18th at DraftKings Sportsbook

After opening the week as a member of the PGA Championship sleepers and longshots, 2021 Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama has seen the public hop on his number over the last 48 hours.

Scottie Scheffler Receiving Most Bets and Money Wagered

It’s pretty clear why the public would be pouncing on the most recent major winner in Scottie Scheffler this week. He went from a very good tour player to an absolute superstar in the span of a couple of months, winning four times in a six tournament stretch. The triumphs at the Phoenix Open, Bay Hill, Match Play and the Masters allowed him to ascend to number one in the world.

History is not on Scheffler’s side, however, as only three different players have won both the Masters and PGA Championship in the same season, with nobody doing it since Jack Nicklaus in 1975. At +1200 odds, the value isn’t quite there to tab him to get the job done again.

Four-time major winner (with two PGA’s) Brooks Koepka has a super enticing line of +5500 to win outright. At those odds, it’s surprising more of the public isn’t backing him, especially with his propensity to show up at the big events.

It would be a storybook triumph if Tiger Woods were to capture his first major since the 2019 Masters. Expecting him to win a major in just his second start back from a horrific leg injury realistically isn’t the wisest of investments, despite him garnering the fourth highest handle.

2022 PGA Championship First Round Leader Bet & Money Percentages

Golfer Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Jordan Spieth +2500 8% 5%
Hideki Matsuyama +3000 6% 4%
Cameron Smith +3500 6% 5%
Scottie Scheffler +4000 6% 5%
Rory McIlroy +2000 5% 3%
Xander Schauffele +3000 4% 3%
Jon Rahm +3500 4% 5%
Justin Thomas +4000 3% 4%
Brooks Koepka +7500 3% 2%
Dustin Johnson +6500 3% 3%

Sharp Money on Spieth for First Round Lead

Eight percent of the handle and five percent of bets have been placed on Jordan Spieth to jump out in front after 18 holes. The public sharp money is on him for a reason, as he has a victory two starts ago at the RBC Heritage, then was runner-up last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The next two golfers in terms of handle are Hideki Matsuyama and Cameron Smith. Matsuyama has recency bias written all over it, as he shot a Sunday round of 62 at the Byron Nelson to finish T-3rd.

He’s 17th in first round scoring average, whereas Cameron Smith is third in that category and sports longer odds than Hideki to be first round leader, making him a stronger selection.

Other Good Value Plays

Among the top-ten golfers on the board, Brooks Koepka sticks out like a sore thumb at +7500. Sure, he missed the cut at the Masters and Players Championship, but he’s won two PGA Championships, and his two prior starts to Augusta he was T-5th and T-12th. A player of his caliber should not have such long odds.

Scottie Scheffler may not have juicy odds in the outright winner market, but seeing +4000 hanging out there to grab the lead after day one is awfully hard to pass up. He’s ninth in first round scoring and as previously mentioned, has been on a heater with four wins already this year.

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