Looking for a big payday with your PGA Championship bets? Sportsbook Wire has you covered as the world’s best golfers tee it up at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina this week. Below, we search for value in the odds and target five sleepers and long-shot picks to win the 2021 PGA Championship.
The PGA Championship has awarded the Wanamaker Trophy to many long-shot winners over the years. Past champs include YE Yang (2009), Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jimmy Walker (2016). The conditions of the Ocean Course this week are expected to help level the playing field as golfers contend with harsh wins off of the coast of the Atlantic.
Rory McIlroy begins the week at No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. He’s the pre-tournament favorite at +1100 after winning the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah by eight strokes. There were several forgotten names on that leaderboard who would’ve been worthy of a top-5 or top-10 placing bet.
Long-shot picks to target
Justin Rose (+8000)
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Rose showed at the 2021 Masters he can still contend in major championships with a seventh-place finish after holding the 18- and 36-hole leads. He finished ninth in last summer’s PGA Championship and tied for 23rd in the fall Masters.
He was one of four golfers to tie for third at the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course, albeit nine strokes back of McIlroy’s 13-under par. Rose’s game is well-suited to the howling, swirling winds and difficult conditions.
Top 5: +1400
Bubba Watson (+9000)
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Watson tied for 11th at the 2012 PGA Championship. His 4-under par, 68, was one of the best rounds of the final day of the tournament when conditions were at their best.
The 42-year-old is still 40th on Tour in driving distance and the wide fairways of the Ocean Course will play to his favor.
Top 5: +1400
Matt Wallace (+10000)
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A four-time winner on the European Tour, Wallace has been playing more frequently on the PGA Tour this year. He made the cut in each of his last four stroke-play events, with finishes of third at the Valero Texas Open and T-6 at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Wallace is tied for 13th on Tour in Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards and should be able to score on the 7,876-yard Ocean Course’s toughest holes.
Top 10: +750
Dylan Frittelli (+25000)
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Frittelli was one of several surprises at the 2020 Masters in November with a T-5 finish. He missed the cut in April and has slipped to No. 81 in the Official World Golf Ranking but the South African’s game is well-suited to the PGA Championship venue.
He’s third among qualified golfers with 0.54 Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green per round, and he’s 13th in driving distance.
Top 10: +1600
Wyndham Clark (+25000)
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Clark gained a late entry to the 2021 PGA Championship after Vijay Singh withdrew Monday. He has never won on the PGA Tour, but he tied for eighth in a strong field at The Genesis Invitational earlier this year and made the cut in each of his last four events.
He averages 0.43 SG: Around-the-Green per round, is fourth in driving distance and 15th in sand save percentage.
Top 20: +700
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