US PGA Championship Golf 2021 betting tips, best bets and predictions
Read on for our US PGA Championship betting tips, predictions and preview of the second golf major of 2021, from the windswept Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
This is is the second time this major has been played at this prodigiously long and tough course; who could forget the young Northern Irish sensation Rory McIlroy winning there by eight strokes in 2012.
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McIlroy is back in form and rated by many betting sites as favourite to land another PGA, while the defending champion Collin Morikawa will also be among the fancies amid a powerful field of the world’s best players.
The PGA Championship always attracts possibly the strongest field of the year, given the tyranny of distance keeps many Americans away from the Open and the smaller field at the Masters and the rigid qualifying for the US Open.
Finding the winner is always difficult but given this is the longest course in major championship history you can expect those who can hit it long and straight this week to quickly rise to the top.
Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama will be among the players to beat after his magnificent display to win the Masters at Augusta, shedding the tag of the best player never to have won a major, though the subsequent trip back to Japan and rapturous reception may have interfered with his usually meticulous preparations.
Who will win the 2021 US PGA Championship?
The cream always rises to the top at this golf major though it has a habit of throwing up unheralded winners. McIlroy and Brooks Koepka have both won it twice in the past decade.
McIlroy returned to the winners’ list a fortnight ago at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, so he loves playing in the region.
But it is a player seeking a first PGA Championship title (and a career grand slam) that we think is the player to beat. Jordan Spieth ended a long winless run at the Texas Valero Open and is edging back to the sort of form that made him unstoppable at the big tournaments.
Spieth is rated around $16 with most bookies, which is short enough, but when he is on song there are few players who can match him for the ability to conjure birdies on even the most difficult holes, of which there are plenty this week.
The course: This monster of a course has six holes measuring 500-plus yards, with many holes exposed to the strong winds straight off the ocean. It very much looks like a British links course. McIlory put on a driving clinic in 2021 and the combination of length and accuracy will carry a player a long way this time.
2021 US PGA Championship odds
$12 Rory McIlroy
$14 Jon Rahm
$16 Jordan Spieth, Bryson Dechambeau, Justin Thomas
$18 Dustin Johnson
$23 Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland
$29 Hideki Matsuyama
$31 Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa
* For full markets visit leading bookmaker William Hill.
2020 US PGA Championship results
Young gun Collin Morikawa finished with blistering weekend rounds of 65 and 64 at TPC Harding Park in San Franciso, California, to score his first major victory at only his second start in a big one.
Morikawa shot to the lead late on Sunday by chipping in on the 14th for birdie, then reaching the green with his drive on the par-four 16th and rolling in the eagle putt from about seven feet (two metres). He parred the final two holes to hold off perennial placegetter Paul Casey and big bomber Dustin Johnson.
US PGA Championship 2020 final leaderboard
-13 Collin Morikawa (United States)
-11 Paul Casey (England), Dustin Johnson (United States)
-10 Jason Day (Australia), Bryson DeChambeau (United States), Tony Finau (United States), Scottie Scheffler (United States), Matthew Wolff (United States)
-9 Justin Rose (England)
-8 Cameron Champ (United States), Joel Dahmen (United States), Xander Schauffele (United States)
Free tips for the 2021 US PGA Championship
We will stick with selecting one player to win outright, which is a little akin to finding a needle in a haystack but we are confident our man is in the right form. We will also look wider for a player at a big price who can be backed each-way and also in country-specific markets. Here are our free US PGA Championship Betting Tips:
Jordan Spieth to win at $16
The $16 available at TopSport for Spieth is about as good as we have spotted. McIlroy tops the markets and that is fair enough, but we like Spieth despite a bout of Covid-19. He showed had recovered well as he challenged at the Byron Nelson and he should be better again for this challenge.
Adam Scott each-way at $67
The laconic Australian was an early pacesetter in the tournament at this course in 2012. He has one major in the bag with his Masters triumph but might easily have added a couple more. He does not play a lot but if he can get off to a decent start he is the sort of quality ball striker who looks well suited on this course. He is at long odds with Australian betting sites.
Dates for golf’s majors in 2021
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (USA)
Date: April 8-11
Winner: Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
Defending champion: Collin Morikawa (USA)
Date: May 20-23
Location: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
United States Open
Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
Date: June 17-20
Location: Torrey Pines, San Diego, California
British Open Championship
Defending champion: Shane Lowry (Ireland)
Date: July 16-19
Venue: Royal St George’s, Sandwich, England
* The R&A announced on April 6, 2020, that the 149th British Open would not be held in 2020, moving back to 2021. The 150th Open will be at the home of golf, St Andrews, in 2022.
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