Hot on the heels of The Masters, the second major of the year is upon us in the form of the PGA Championship. Last year was the year of Collins Morikawa, the 23-year-old hotshot who had the most super of Sundays, rattling off a final round to remember to leave the field in his wake.
Morikawa is 28/1 to repeat the feat and we’re not dismissing the prodigious talent from doing exactly that, but we’ve picked out another six to be in the mix come the final day at Kiawah Island.
Best of British
Rory McIlroy (11/1)
Right at the top of the market is Rory McIlroy, and one reason for that is probably down to his PGA Championship-winning performance around this very course nine years ago.
The Northern Irishman made light of the long course, taking a three-shot lead into the final round and accelerating clear with a flawless 66 and an eight shot victory, making him the youngest man to win multiple majors.
This year, McIlroy has finished third in the Abu Dhabi Championship and won the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina a fortnight ago. It can be done…
Tyrrell Hatton (50/1)
We’ve mentioned the long course – and that should also suit Tyrrell Hatton, the man who pipped Rory to the aforementioned Abu Dhabi Championship back in January.
A dual winner of the Alfred Dunhill and a 2020 winner of the Arnold Palmer, Hatton has the qualities needed to make a charge. If the Englishman brings his ‘A’ Game and has a decent week on the greens, the 29-year-old could prove good value.
US against them
Dustin Johnson (18/1)
For a change, Dustin Johnson doesn’t find himself at the top of the betting markets – perhaps due to the recent injury which saw him pull out of the Byron Nelson.
The two-time major winner has finished second in the last two PGA Championships and if he can go one better, he’ll be 75% of the way to the Grand Slam. What’s more, the South Carolina native has the chance to do it on home soil. That would be something special.
Keegan Bradley (66/1)
Our longshot is Keegan Bradley, who you can grab at 90/1 with Grosvenor Sport. He’s another who impressed around the Ocean Course in 2012, finishing tied for third a year after winning the title in Georgia.
Bradley’s recent form at the majors doesn’t read too well, but his last three tournaments have seen him finished T4, 2nd, and T18 in the Wells Fargo. So what we’re saying is, there’s a chance…
Marc Leishman (55/1)
It’s been a good 2021 for Leishman, who secured a top-five finish at the Masters, paired up with Cameron Smith (more on him in a moment) to win the Zurich, and finished in the top 25 last weekend at the Byron Nelson.
He’s got good form on the links and although he hasn’t landed a major, he’s won some of the biggest events on the tour and has impressed around Kiawah before. Could this be his big moment?
Cameron Smith (45/1)
Ever since Cameron Smith finished T2 at the Masters last year, it’s been hard to get away from him as a first major looms. Earlier this year, the Aussie racked up another top-10 finish, finished fourth in the Genesis and picked up his second Zurich win alongside Leishman.
One of the best on the tour when it comes to strokes gained around the greens and putting, Smith’s got the game to go all the way – and the man with the mullet is in confident mood. Another championship charge looks likely.
PGA Championship and all golf betting is available with Grosvenor Sport, and we’re paying out seven places each way on the second major of the year.
*Stated odds subject to change