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

Written By Jacob Janower
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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).

Golfer Odds
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)

Prop Odds
Top 5 finish 9/4
Top 10 finish 11/10
Top 20 finish 1/2
First round leader 18/1
Top American 7/1
Top former winner 11/4
To make the cut 1/8
To miss the cut 5/1
vs. Brooks Koepka Even
vs. Sergio Garcia 10/23
vs. Francesco Molinari 20/31
vs. Rickie Fowler 20/31
vs. Jon Rahm 5/6
vs. Justin Rose 5/6
vs. Hideki Matsuyama 20/37
vs. Jason Day 20/31
vs. Patrick Reed 2/5
vs. Matt Kuchar 1/2
vs. Patrick Cantlay 1/2
vs. Tony Finau 10/17
vs. Xander Schauffele 10/17
vs. Tommy Fleetwood 10/17
vs. Phil Mickelson 2/5
vs. Paul Casey 1/2
vs. Jordan Spieth 1/2
vs. Rory McIlroy 2/3
vs. Dustin Johnson 20/33
vs. Bubba Watson 1/2
vs. Bryson DeChambeau 10/17
vs. Adam Scott 20/37

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.

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

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