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Who are the favourites for the upcoming PGA Championship?

With the Masters now done and dusted for another year, attention will quickly turn to the second major of the season, the PGA Championship. This year, the tournament will take place on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.

It is the first time since Rory McIlroy’s maiden USPGA success in 2012 that it will take place at the course. However, on current form, it would take a miracle for the Northern Irishman to win the tournament for a second time at the Kiawah Island course next month.

Of course, with the tournament little more than four weeks away, punters will already be scouring the golf odds online and making their selections ahead of the four-day major, which will tee-off on May 20th. So, without further ado, lets take a look at the favourites for the upcoming PGA Championship.

Dustin Johnson – 10/1
Given that Dustin Johnson’s form has dipped a bit in recent months, it is somewhat of a surprise that the bookmakers are still making him the favourite for the PGA Championship. Johnson has won just the Saudi International since he landed the delayed Masters back in November. In recent tournaments, he finished T54 in the Mexico Championship and T48 at the Players Championship, before missing the cut completely back at Augusta. Therefore, his status in the market is perhaps more down to the fact that he is ranked World No.1 than any merit.

Jon Rahm – 12/1
Jon Rahm is starting to warrant the unwanted title of a ‘nearly man’ when it comes to the majors. The Spaniard, who is currently ranked third in the world, has finished in the top 10 at the Masters for the last four years in a row, as well as top five finishes at the PGA Championship and the US Open in recent years. So, it seems it’s only a matter of time before he finally gets his hands on a major title and that’s a fair reflection in his odds.

Justin Thomas – 12/1
When Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship in 2017, many would have expected him to kick on from there and add a few more major titles to his CV in his coming years. Yet, four years on, that victory at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina remains his only major title. It was a tough start to the year for Thomas for various reasons both on and off the course, but a Players Championship victory seems to have gotten his season back on track and he seems in good stead to challenge for the USPGA again this year.

Bryson DeChambeau – 14/1
Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t had much luck since he crushed Winged Foot to win the US Open last year. There were fears that he was going to repeat the trick at Augusta in November, but he could fare no better than T34, whilst at the recent Masters, an overall score of three over left him T46. However, he did win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the beginning of March, so if he can find that kind of form and if Kiawah Island suits his style more than Augusta, then perhaps he will be in contention.


The likes of Xander Schauffele, who was T3 at the Masters, McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are all also in contention at around 16/1.

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