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The 2022 PGA Championship is the 104th edition of the event, taking place at Southern Hills on May 19th, as 156 players battle to claim one of golf’s four Major titles. Below we take you through the event, with a look at the history, the course and the world’s top professionals who are likely to feature in this event, which was won by fifty year old, Phil Mickelson in the last edition, played at Kiawah Island in 2021
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With eleven places available on the event and a Bet £10 – Get £20 sign-up offer, it pays to look further down the tournament for extra value, with a couple of our picks below, worth looking to back, as each-way selections.
The first of those is Talor Gooch at 66/1. The American has three top 20 finishes in his last five events, including a T14 at The Masters in Augusta. He ranks 1st in Eagles Per Hole on Tour and 19th in Scoring Average, whilst also ranking 7th in SG:Around The Green. He is accustomed to the big occasion and can go well here, this week.
Another big price outsider is Webb Simpson at 100/1. He has been off his usual form, so far this season and slipped down to 50th in the World Rankings, but is another player, who has plenty of Major experience and with a course that is relatively forgiving, this may be the venue that we see Simpson, find some of his earlier form. A big price and plenty of places offers a useful selection here.
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PGA Championship Form Guide
Going into a Major, recent form can be a huge boon or indeed barrier to success, with a tough but fair course at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) are a useful, if simple barometer for players form and used in conjuction with the PGA Tour’s own official statistics, we can see how players are fairing over the course of the last few months and see which parts of their game are going well, or are in need of work.
The current world number one and US Masters winner, is rising star, Scottie Scheffler. The American won the WGC-Dell Matchplay to become the 25th player to achieve this feat in the 36 year history of the OWGR. He has been in astonishing form of late, winning three of his last five events played and ranks 8th on Tour in SG:Total, along with a 5th in Birdie Average and 15th for GIR. His game is a good as anyone’s at the moment, as was shown in his victory at Augusta National
Elsewhere in the Top 6 world rankings, Spaniard Jon Rahm, is the current Number 2 and continues to impress with his consistency, placing in the top 10 on four occasions this season, including a third in the Farmers Insurance Open. He is one of the most accurate players in the game, ranking 1st in both GIR and SG: Off The Tee and 8th in Driving Distance.
Behind these two, Colin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and Aussie, Cameron Smith finish off the World’s Top 6 players, showing plenty of consistency and a finesse to their game.
Of the British players, Rory McIlroy (ranked 9th) looks like his old self, with the Northern Irishman winning the CJ Cup earlier in the season and placing in the top ten on three occasions, before doing his form no harm whatsoever, with a strong finishes to place second at Augusta National in the Masters. Alongside the Irishman, Sixteenth ranked Tyrell Hatton offers British golfing fans a bit of hope, having placed in the top 10, across five of his last eight tournaments.
PGA Championship Trends and Betting Insight
There are some interesting trends that have become solid guides to picking out selections for the PGA Championship event. Performances the week before are one of those factors, with every winner of this event over the last fifteen years, finishing in the top 28 of the previous week’s competition, so not only is participation in the week prior of such significant importance, so is the performance. Brooks Koepka, who won in 2018 and 2019, finished 5th and 4th respectively, while Collin Morikawa, the defending champion, finished 20th in the week prior to victory last year.
Along with the previous finish, several key stats also give a good indication of where players are at, coming into the tournament. In 10 of the 11 previous winners, ranking in the top 20 for Greens in Regulation (GIR) was a pre-requisite and once again, 10 of the 11 winners also ranked in the top 25 for SG: Tee To Green in the previous event. Driving Distance is also key, with 16 of the 17 past PGA Championship winners averaging at least 295 yards off the tee, making the combination of distance and accuracy one of the key components in breaking down the short list of players.
Who Won the 2021 Event?
The current champion is Phil Mickelson, won the event with a -6 under par score at Kiawah Island, beating nearest rivals Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka by two shots, as “lefty” became the oldest player to ever win a golfing Major, at 50 years old.
PGA Championship Defending Champions
Over the last 21 years of the PGA Championship, only three players have regained the title after winning: Tiger Woods (2006, 2007), Rory McIlroy (2012, 2014) and Brooks Koepka (2018, 2019). 2020 winner, Colin Morikawa tied 8th in the 2021 edition and with the announcement of Phil Mickleson’s withdrawal from this event, we will have to wai another year to see what the next defending champion will do in 2023.
What are the Best PGA Championship betting markets?
Outside of the Outright winner market, there are plenty of interesting betting options on the PGA Championship, with the Each-way market a valuable option for bettors looking for bigger odds. Alot of bookmakers offer extended places for these events, with some offering as many as 10 places prior to the tournament, giving players more betting options from the 156 man field.
Over interesting markets are the Three-Ball Market usually attributed to the first and second rounds. These are basically create a mini competition between the players of the various groupings throughout the opening few days, with players betting on who scores the lowest round of the group (usually 3 players). This gives bettors an extra dynamic to the betting on the tournament, with the focus away from the top players.
Other bets include a Top 20 Finish at the end of a tournament, a Make The Cut bet, for a player to qualify for the weekend’s play and The Top American, European or British player market, which narrows the field by nationality or region, through to Prop bets on everything from a Hole In One being scored to a player Parring every single hole in a round. In the week prior to the PGA Championship, it is wise to keep an eye on your favourite bookmaker for specials and enhancements to further the value of your selections
The PGA Championship History
The PGA Championship is in it’s 104th edition now, but began way back in 1916, when the Professional Golf Association was formed in the February of that year, eight months before the first ever Championship was held at the Siwanoy Country Club in Brooklyn, New York. Up until 1957, the event was played as a machplay event, with players playing as many as 200 holes during the week long tournament. However, after losing money that year, the event was turned into what we know see today, a strokeplay tounament over four days.
The event is usually played along golf courses on the Eastern coast of America, with only eleven of the 103 editions played on the West side of the country, with last year’s edition of the tournament at Harding Park, the last of those when held in San Francisco, California. The winners of the tournament, take on home a huge prize fund, but also The Wanamaker Trophy, named after Rodman Wanamaker, one of the men responsible for the PGA’s formation
Southern Hills Country Club
The Southern Hills Country Club will host the 2022 PGA Championship. The PGA of America to awarded the event to the course, after a decision to strip the original venue, Trump National GC in January 2021.
The Southern Hills course is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it will be the eighth time it has hosted a major championship, with the last of those, the PGA Championship back in 2007. It currently play to around 7,481 yards to a Par 71, although this may change as we get closer to the event.
The course was originally opened for play in 1935 and despite what it’s name suggests, it doesn’t have major fluctuations in elevation. It has two Par 5’s which are unlikely to be reached in two shots, with the 655 yard fifth hole and the 527 yard thirteenth heavily protected by water. In 2019, the course had a significant makeover, with all greens rebuilt and the course extended to the aforementioned distance it has now, while everything from bunkers to trees were either moved or reconstructed. All in all, Southern Hills will give players a strong test in the 2022 event.
PGA Championship Betting Tips FAQ
- Who are the best bookies for the PGA Championship tournament?
The majority of bookmakers tend to offer plenty of enhancements and extra places on the PGA Championship, but in particular, both Sky Bet and Paddy Power tend to go that extra mile for bettor, offering the most extra places compared to other bookmakers and plenty of other markets and prop bets on the event. In the week leading up to the tournament, these two bookmakers also offer enhanced specials on the biggest names involved.
- How can I watch the PGA Championship in the UK?
The PGA Championship is usually shown live on Sky Sports Golf in the UK and Ireland, with the BBC showing highlights of the event too. Coverage is also available on radio across the BBC, while most bookmakers and news outlets will have rolling updates on their website
- Who is the favourite to win the 2021 PGA Championship
The favourite to win the event at the time of writing is Jon Rahm at around 12/1. The World Number Two is one of the toughest opponentson Tour, with an amazing consistency that regualrly see’s him placed in and around the business end of events. In general the Spaniard is usually in amongst the leading couple of players in the betting markets, due to that ability and he will be looking to grab that “Best Player In The World” ranking, once again.
- Where is the PGA Championship held?
The PGA Championship is held at the Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma, this will be the fifth time the event has been held at this venue. The last time it was held here, was 2007 when Tiger Woods won by two strokes
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