2023 PGA Championship Field, Odds and Best Bets

The golf season is readying for its second major championship of the year with the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday. This year the event is at Oak Hill Country Club, the fourth time the facility has hosted this event.

The tournament had the reputation in the past of having the lowest scores in the majors. The PGA, however, has tightened the courses in recent years. Last year’s champion, Justin Thomas, posted a four-round total of 5-under par.

Odds to Win PGA Championship

  • Scottie Scheffler                   +700
  • Jon Rahm                              +750
  • Rory McIlroy                        +1200
  • Xander Schauffele               +1400
  • Patrick Cantlay                    +1600
  • Tony Finau                           +2000
  • Brooks Koepka                    +2200
  • Justin Thomas                     +2500
  • Tyrell Hatton                       +2800
  • Sungjae Im                           +2800
  • Dustin Johnson                   +2800
  • Jason Day                             +2800
  • Viktor Hovland                    +3000
  • Cameron Young                   +3000
  • Collin Morikawa                  +3300

*Odds courtesy of BetRivers

Oak Hill has some teeth to it and the final total should be in the single digits. The course was renovated a few years back. It now has less trees and that could be an advantage to those with length off the tee.

We take a look at some of the golfers in this year’s tournament and advise you on who to back, and who to stay away from.

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Back These Golfers

Dustin Johnson

The LIV Tour golfer just won his second tournament last week and could be in form to battle at the PGA Championship. He wasn’t overly impressive at the Masters, where he finished T48. Johnson does have two wins, five seconds and a third among 22 top 10s in the majors. He also finished T8 the last time it was at Oak Hill.

Patrick Cantlay

How long will it be before Patrick Cantlay breaks through and wins a major championship. This will be his 22nd major and he has three top 10s and seven top 15 finishes, including his last three majors. In addition, he has finished third and fourth in regular season events. This could be the year and at +1600 we like this wager.

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele is another golfer ready to win his first major and this could be a great spot for him to do it. His game is made for this course. He is fifth in strokes gained and 19th in putting. He’s also 21st in birdie average this season. The biggest stat for him is scoring average where he ranks third, behind Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler. His odds are a little lower than Cantlay’s but at +1400, still worth taking.

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Avoid These Golfers

Jason Day

We like Jason Day but after winning the week before on the PGA Tour, it’s always difficult to come back and win a major. Also, this was his first victory in five years. The odds of +2800 are tempting, but we’re going to pass.

Tony Finau

As good a golfer as Tony Finau is it mystifies me why he can’t do better in majors. In his last seven majors, he hasn’t had a finish better than T15 at the 2021 US Open. His last top 10 was a T8 at the 2021 PGA Championship. Still at +2000, there are better choices with longer odds.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Championship twice, but the last one was nine years ago. He did have the lead in the first round last year, but ended up finishing T8. With odds at +1200, his performances just don’t justify putting money down on him.

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