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Who will win the PGA Championship 2019? Odds, betting favorites, sleeper picks, Tiger Woods prop bets

Sporting News — (Jacob Janower)

It may not carry the same prestige as the Masters, but the 2019 PGA Championship still holds its place as one of golf's most important tournaments. 

Now the second of four majors on the PGA Tour calendar, it draws a lot of hype as a significant event for several of golf's best while serving as the bridge between the Masters and the U.S. Open. Traditionally played in early-to-mid August as the last major on the schedule, the PGA has moved to an earlier point in the calendar starting this year.

Following the Masters as the next major on the calendar helps boost some storylines surrounding the tournament. Of course, the resurgent Tiger Woods is looking to make it two major victories in a row tops the list, but it's far from the only bit of intrigue in the 2019 field.

Perennial challengers Dustin Johnson and two-time PGA champion Rory McIlroy are the favorites to take down Woods, along with reigning winner Brooks Koepka, who has a knack for doing damage in majors. He has also won consecutive U.S. Opens and was right in the thick of things during the 2019 Masters.

All of the big names mean there are plenty of routes to take when the time comes to bet on the PGA Championship. Here is a look from all angles, including favorites, sleepers, Woods prop bets and a list of past champions.

Who will win the PGA Championship in 2019?

The convenient pick would be Woods, who has won the PGA Championship four times and is most notably coming off his historic Masters victory. Although Woods has won before at Bethpage Black, he doesn't have the same familiarity with the course as he does with Augusta National, so that aspect won't work in his favor as much.

Another loaded field really does make it anyone's tournament — well, probably not Vijay Singh's. You have to like Koepka's chances, just because of how well he has fared in majors the last few years. While veterans Johnson, McIlroy and Justin Rose are atop the World Golf Rankings, it's important to also keep an eye on some surging youngsters: Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Tommy Fleetwood.

PGA Championship betting odds

Johnson's 10/1 odds make him the favorite at Bethpage, but Koepka, McIlroy and Woods aren't far behind at 11/1. Rickie Fowler rounds out the top five with 18/1 odds.

Some big names a little lower down the list include 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and 2005 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who are both at 66/1, as well as 2019 Masters contender Ian Poulter (80/1).

There are several prop bets, including odds of a top five finish, which is led by Koepka, Johnson, McIlroy and Woods (9/4). Johnson (Even) is the favorite to end up in the top 10, while Johnson, Koepka, McIlroy, Woods, Jon Rahm, Rose and Fowler all have negative odds to finish in the top 20.

Sporting News contributor Bennett Bedford has a primer covering every aspect of betting on the PGA Tournament, including the best DFS bets and outright picks.

PGA Championship sleeper picks

A few of Bedford's best DFS value picks include Jonathan Vegas, Adam Hadwin, Scott Piercy and Kyle Stanley. Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia are among those with mid-tier value. He also highlights Stanley and Bubba Watson as outright sleepers to consider.

Here is a full list of odds for the 2019 PGA Championship (via Bovada).

GolferOdds
Dustin Johnson+1000
Brooks Koepka+1100
Rory McIlroy+1100
Tiger Woods+1100
Rickie Fowler+1800
Jon Rahm+2000
Justin Rose+2000
Jason Day+2200
Francesco Molinari+2500
Xander Schauffele+2500
Tommy Fleetwood+2800
Tony Finau+3300
Bryson DeChambeau+3500
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Jordan Spieth+4000
Patrick Cantlay+4000
Sergio Garcia+4000
Matt Kuchar+4500
Adam Scott+5000
Bubba Watson+5000
Paul Casey+5000
Gary Woodland+6600
Henrik Stenson+6600
Louis Oosthuizen+6600
Marc Leishman+6600
Patrick Reed+6600
Phil Mickelson+6600
Webb Simpson+6600
Ian Poulter+8000
Jason Kokrak+10000
Kevin Kisner+10000
Rafa Cabrera-Bello+10000
Aaron Wise+12500
Branden Grace+12500
Cameron Smith+12500
Charley Hoffman+12500
Hao Tong Li+12500
Jhonattan Vegas+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Lucas Glover+12500
Matt Wallace+12500
Matthew Fitzpatrick+12500
Ryan Moore+12500
Scott Piercy+12500
Alex Noren+15000
Billy Horschel+15000
Brandt Snedeker+15000
Byeong-Hun An+15000
C.T. Pan+15000
Charles Howell III+15000
Daniel Berger+15000
Eddie Pepperell+15000
Emiliano Grillo+15000
Graeme McDowell+15000
Jim Furyk+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
Keegan Bradley+15000
Lucas Bjerregaard+15000
Martin Kaymer+15000
Pat Perez+15000
Ryan Palmer+15000
Shane Lowry+15000
Si Woo Kim+15000
Sung Kang+15000
Sungjae Im+15000
Thomas Pieters+15000
Tyrrell Hatton+15000
Zach Johnson+17500
Abraham Ancer+20000
Chez Reavie+20000
Corey Conners+20000
J B Holmes+20000
Jason Dufner+20000
Joost Luiten+20000
Jorge Campillo+20000
Julian Suri+20000
Justin Harding+20000
Kevin Na+20000
Kyle Stanley+20000
Lee Westwood+20000
Luke List+20000
Max Homa+20000
Russel Knox+20000
Thorbjorn Olesen+20000
Adam Hadwin+25000
Andrew Putnam+25000
Brian Harman+25000
Cameron Champ+25000
David Lipsky+25000
Erik Van Rooyen+25000
J J Spaun+25000
Jimmy Walker+25000
Joaquin Niemann+25000
Kevin Tway+25000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+25000
Michael Thompson+25000
Tom Lewis+25000
Beau Hossler+30000
Chesson Hadley+30000
Danny Willett+30000
Dylan Frittelli+30000
Lucas Herbert+30000
Michael Lorenzo-Vera+30000
Mikko Korhonen+30000
Richard Sterne+30000
Ross Fisher+30000
Ryan Fox+30000
Sam Burns+30000
Steve Stricker+30000
Troy Merritt+30000
Brian Gay+35000
Danny Lee+35000
Harold Varner+35000
Jazz Janewattananond+35000
Adrian Otaegui+40000
Kurt Kitayama+40000
Padraig Harrington+40000
Patton Kizzire+40000
Adam Long+50000
Alexander Bjork+50000
Brandon Stone+50000
Brendan Jones+50000
Bronson Burgoon+50000
Kelly Kraft+50000
Michael Kim+50000
Richy Werenski+50000
Ryan Armour+50000
Satoshi Kodaira+50000
Shaun Norris+50000
Shugo Imahira+50000
Vijay Singh+50000
Y.E. Yang+50000
John Daly+100000
Martin Trainer+100000
Alex Beach+200000
Andrew Filbert+250000
Ben Cook+250000
Brian Mackey+250000
Casey Russell+250000
Cory Schneider+250000
Craig Bowden+250000
Craig Hocknull+250000
Danny Balin+250000
Jason Caron+250000
Jeffrey Schmid+250000
John O'Leary+250000
Justin Bertsch+250000
Marty Jertson+250000
Rich Beem+250000
Rich Berberian Jr+250000
Rob Labritz+250000
Rod Perry+250000
Ryan Vermeer+250000
Shaun Micheel+250000
Stuart Deane+250000
Tyler Hall+250000

Tiger Woods prop bets

While the Woods props aren't as extensive as they were for the Masters, there is still a bevy of options to choose from. Most focus on his odds against other members of the field, but you can also bet on whether he will make the cut and where he will finish on the leaderboard.

(Props via Bovada)

PropOdds
Top 5 finish9/4
Top 10 finish11/10
Top 20 finish1/2
First round leader18/1
Top American7/1
Top former winner11/4
To make the cut1/8
To miss the cut5/1
vs. Brooks KoepkaEven
vs. Sergio Garcia10/23
vs. Francesco Molinari20/31
vs. Rickie Fowler20/31
vs. Jon Rahm5/6
vs. Justin Rose5/6
vs. Hideki Matsuyama20/37
vs. Jason Day20/31
vs. Patrick Reed2/5
vs. Matt Kuchar1/2
vs. Patrick Cantlay1/2
vs. Tony Finau10/17
vs. Xander Schauffele10/17
vs. Tommy Fleetwood10/17
vs. Phil Mickelson2/5
vs. Paul Casey1/2
vs. Jordan Spieth1/2
vs. Rory McIlroy2/3
vs. Dustin Johnson20/33
vs. Bubba Watson1/2
vs. Bryson DeChambeau10/17
vs. Adam Scott20/37

List of PGA Championship winners by year

From 1916 to 1957, the PGA Championship was a match play event, with stroke play permanently taking over as the format in 1958. Jack Nicklaus' five stroke play tournament wins give him the most of any golfer, but Woods will have a chance to match him this year.

YearWinnerScore
2019TBD...
2018Brooks Koepka−16
2017Justin Thomas−8
2016Jimmy Walker−14
2015Jason Day−20
2014Rory McIlroy−16
2013Jason Dufner−10
2012Rory McIlroy−13
2011Keegan Bradley−8
2010Martin Kaymer−11
2009Yang Yong-eun−8
2008Pádraig Harrington−3
2007Tiger Woods−8
2006Tiger Woods−18
2005Phil Mickelson−4
2004Vijay Singh−8
2003Shaun Micheel−4
2002Rich Beem−10
2001David Toms−15
2000Tiger Woods−18
1999Tiger Woods−11
1998Vijay Singh−9
1997Davis Love III−11
1996Mark Brooks−11
1995Steve Elkington−17
1994Nick Price−11
1993Paul Azinger−12
1992Nick Price−6
1991John Daly−12
1990Wayne Grady−6
1989Payne Stewart−12
1988Jeff Sluman−12
1987Larry Nelson−1
1986Bob Tway−8
1985Hubert Green−6
1984Lee Trevino−15
1983Hal Sutton−10
1982Raymond Floyd−8
1981Larry Nelson−7
1980Jack Nicklaus−6
1979David Graham−8
1978John Mahaffey−8
1977Lanny Wadkins−6
1976Dave Stockton+1
1975Jack Nicklaus−4
1974Lee Trevino−4
1973Jack Nicklaus−7
1972Gary Player+1
1971Jack Nicklaus−7
1970Dave Stockton−1
1969Raymond Floyd−8
1968Julius Boros+1
1967Don January−7
1966Al GeibergerE
1965Dave Marr−4
1964Bobby Nichols−9
1963Jack Nicklaus−5
1962Gary Player−2
1961Jerry Barber−3
1960Jay Hebert+1
1959Bob Rosburg−3
1958Dow Finsterwald−4