August 6, 2012

2012 PGA Championship Odds & Preview

The PGA Championship comes to Kiawah Island’s Ocean, a course that hasn’t held a top Tour event since its first one: the 1991 Ryder Cup. The Ocean Course is infamous for its swirling winds off the Atlantic, making for a treacherous week. Here’s who’s most likely to hold up best in the year’s final major…

Steve Stricker (35/1):  We told you last week that Stricker usually enjoys the dog days of summer, and he was right there at Firestone, shooting a 64 on Sunday and finishing a stroke behind winner Keegan Bradley. It was his second top-5 finish in his past three starts, and his fifth straight top-25 finish. His odds are long because he’s never won a major, and he doesn’t even have a top-10 in one since the 2009 Masters. But after solid showings in each of the past two PGAs (T18 and T12), he’s poised for a breakthrough.

Justin Rose (25/1): Rose has been tearing up the Euro Tour all year, making his missed cut at the British all the more disappointing. But his T5 at the Bridgestone made it five top-10’s in his past seven starts worldwide. Had he not missed the cut at his last two PGAs, on courses that played much differently than Kiawah will, he’d be looking at much shorter odds.

Charl Schwartzel (50/1): Schwartzel has been a disappointment in the majors this year. After seven straight top-20 finishes, including a 2011 Masters title, he’s gone T50 at Masters, T38 at the U.S. Open and missed the cut at the British. But he finished Bridgestone with his first bogey-free round of the year, a 63 to move to a T24 finish.

Zach Johnson (35/1): A weak finish at the Bridgestone (final-round 74 in a T40) has again knocked Johnson off the radar for many. But this is still a guy who has four top-10 finishes, including two wins, over his past 10 starts.

Tiger Woods (13/2): Woods built a little bit of momentum last weekend by going 68-66 to finish T8 at the Bridgestone. But his putter was off all week. And if he’s not putting well, Woods is nowhere near the heavy favorite he’s listed at.

2012 PGA Championship Odds to Win – Who Will Win The PGA Championship? Odds by Sportsbook.AG Updated 8/6

Tiger Woods 13/2

Lee Westwood 15/1

Luke Donald 15/1

Phil Mickelson 20/1

Rory McIlroy 20/1

Adam Scott 25/1

Jason Dufner 25/1

Webb Simpson 30/1

Dustin Johnson 30/1

Graeme McDowell 30/1

Bubba Watson 30/1

Matt Kuchar 30/1

Padraig Harrington 40/1

Zach Johnson 40/1

Justin Rose 40/1

Ernie Els 40/1

Steve Stricker 40/1

Rickie Fowler 40/1

Hunter Mahan 40/1

Martin Kaymer 50/1

Louis Oosthuizen 50/1

Charl Schwartzel 50/1

Jim Furyk 50/1

Jason Day 50/1

Bo Van Pelt 60/1

Keegan Bradley 60/1

Sergio Garcia 60/1

Nicolas Colsaerts 60/1

Francesco Molinari 60/1

Nick Watney 60/1

Ian Poulter 60/1

Brandt Snedeker 80/1

Bill Haas 80/1

Geoff Ogilvy 80/1

Peter Hanson 80/1

Henrik Stenson 80/1

David Toms 80/1

Fredrik Jacobson 80/1

YE Yang 100/1

Matteo Manassero 100/1

John Senden 100/1

Martin Laird 100/1

KJ Choi 100/1

Paul Lawrie 100/1

Retief Goosen 100/1

Ben Curtis 100/1

Thomas Bjorn 100/1

John Daly 200/1

Darren Clarke 200/1

Field (Any Other Golfers) 7/1

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