Early PGA Championship Betting: Can JT Go Back-To-Back?

  • The first golf major of the year is this weekend as the best in the world head to TPC Harding Park for the 2020 PGA Championship.
  • Brooks Koepka is going for a record third PGA Championship win in a row and leads the odds board at +1000 odds.
  • Behind him sit an elite group of players like Justin Thomas (+1000), Jon Rahm (+1200), Rory McIlroy (+1200), and Bryson DeChambeau (+1400).

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – After a year of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduling, the 2020 PGA Championship is happening this weekend.

While it might be just a bit behind schedule, the world of golf is finally ready to play a major championship for the first time in a record 54 weeks. The Tour experienced one of the more successful restarts to their season this summer which has led to some tremendous golf over the past months.

Now, the very best of the best from around the globe will convene on TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California for one of the four biggest prizes the sport has to offer.

This week features plenty of dramatic storylines, as Tiger Woods returns to play only his second event of the year while Brooks Koepka goes for his third-straight PGA Championship.

Full betting odds and lines are available for the tournament, with the top of the board overflowing with star power.

2020 PGA Championship – Winner

  • Brooks Koepka +1000
  • Justin Thomas +1000
  • Jon Rahm +1200
  • Bryson DeChambeau +1400
  • Dustin Johnson +2000
  • Xander Schauffele +2000
  • Patrick Cantlay +2500
  • Collin Morikawa +2800
  • Tiger Woods +2800
  • Webb Simpson +2800
  • Daniel Berger +3300
  • Hideki Matsuyama +3300
  • Jason Day +3300
  • Patrick Reed +3300
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +4000
  • Rickie Fowler +4000
  • Tommy Fleetwood +4000
  • Tony Finau +4000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +4000
  • Viktor Hovland +4000
  • Abraham Ancer +5000
  • Adam Scott +5000
  • Gary Woodland +5000
  • Jordan Spieth +5000
  • Justin Rose +5000
  • Shane Lowry +5000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +6600
  • Marc Leishman +6600
  • Sergio Garcia +6600
  • Sungjae Im +6600
  • Billy Horschel +8000
  • Brendon Todd +8000
  • Matt Kuchar +8000
  • Paul Casey +8000
  • Phil Mickelson +8000
  • Bubba Watson +10000
  • Byeong Hun An +10000
  • Chez Reavie +10000
  • Danny Willett +10000
  • Henrik Stenson +10000
  • Joaquin Niemann +10000
  • Matt Wallace +10000
  • Matthew Wolff +10000
  • Scottie Scheffler +10000

The course this week at TPC Harding Park will be difficult and unfamiliar. This is the first major championship at the course and the first PGA Tour event to be played here since 2015.

It sits at a par 70, with 12 holes at par 4, with huge California trees lining the fairway at every opportunity.

With large fairways that narrow and twist into slippery greens, approach play and putting will be the way players separate themselves from the pack this weekend. With that in mind, some of the names atop the golf betting odds jump off the page a bit more than usual.

Favorite: Justin Thomas +1000

Thomas is coming off of an electric win in the St. Jude invitational this past week that saw him battle with Brooks Koepka down the stretch Sunday afternoon.

JT was able to get the win in the end after landing some beautiful approach shots, securing the former Alabama Crimson Tide golfer his third victory already this season and a place back at No. 1 on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Going back-to-back in consecutive weeks is a terribly difficult feat to accomplish on the PGA Tour, but history shows that this might be the very event to pull it off.

The PGA Championship has a peculiar tendency to prefer golfers who are in outstanding form heading into the tournament.

Out of the last 20 winners of the PGA Championship, only four finished worse than 20 in their most recent tournament prior to the event. Five of them won the PGA after winning their previous event, and only four had not already recorded a win earlier in the season prior to their PGA win.

Arbitrary? Possibly. Justification to bet? Absolutely.

Tier 2: Collin Morikawa +2800

Morikawa has been one of the best stories of the season since the game returned from hiatus. He defeated Justin Thomas in a thrilling 3-hole playoff just a few weeks back at the Workday Charity Open, and also scored a second-place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The biggest factor here is Morikawa’s familiarity with the golf course. Morikawa has played more than a dozen rounds at TPC Harding Parking thanks to his college days with the Cal Golden Bears.

In a course that hasn’t been on the Tour in five years, this is a huge advantage for the 23-year-old Morikawa, who has already established himself as one of the best ball strikers in the field.

Tier 3: Tyrell Hatton +4000

Hatton had a rough showing last week which leads to his odds being largely inflated this week. This is great for golf bettors who can now get the Arnold Palmer Invitational champion at around +4000.

Hatton was one of the top picks heading into last week and now he heads to California to face largely the same field.

While the stakes are certainly raised, Hatton still entered last week first in strokes gained from putting, and second in strokes gained from approach.

Get Hatton now before this number slims down to where it belongs.

Regardless of which golfer gets the nod on the online sportsbooks, this tournament is shaping up to be an outstanding week of competition.