The fourth (and final) major of the 2018 PGA Tour season is upon us. The 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis, Missouri is set to open on Thursday morning, and as usual the field will be deep and strong. History has proven that this may be the most ‘wide-open’ major tournament of the year — and the most recent Vegas PGA Championship odds reflect this.
As expected, the usual suspects are favored at Bellerive. However, due to the depth of the field, there are several elite players that will open the tournament with odds that are typically reserved for longshots. With that being said, here’s a look at who Vegas is picking to win the 2018 PGA Championship.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag as of August 8, 2018.
Jason Day (+1600)
Day’s game sets up nicely at Bellerive, and the Vegas oddsmakers have taken notice. The 30-year-old Aussie won the PGA Championship in 2015, and he will likely be in contention until the end in 2018.
Rory McIlroy (+1400)
When McIlroy is playing well, he’s nearly unbeatable. That hasn’t been happening in this year’s majors, but it’s still hard to bet against a guy who has two career PGA Championship wins on his resume. If his putter is working at Bellerive, McIlroy will be in contention.
Justin Thomas (+1400)
Thomas is looking to defend his 2017 PGA Championship title this week at Bellerive. His recent form (he is coming off an impressive win last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) is outstanding, and his skillset is a great fit for this course. It’s incredibly difficult to go back-to-back at any major, but Thomas may be able to get it done.
Dustin Johnson (+800)
Bottom line: Johnson is the best golfer in the world. He turned in an embarrassing performance at the 2018 British Open, but in his two tournaments since then, the No. 1 overall player in the Official World Golf Rankings has a win (at the RBC Canadian Open), and a T3 (at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational).
The fact that Johnson has only one career major victory is unacceptable. That could change this week, though, if he can hit fairways and avoid disastrous holes.
Other notable names to watch:
- Brooks Koepka (+1800)
- Rickie Fowler (+1800)
- Jordan Spieth (+2200)
- Justin Rose (+2200)
- Tiger Woods (+2500)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+2500)
- Jon Rahm (+2800)
- Francesco Molinari (+3000)
- Tony Finau (+3000)
- Patrick Reed (+4000)
- Bubba Watson (+4000)
- Bryson Dechambeau (+4500)
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