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The 2021 PGA Championship is the 103rd edition of the event, taking place at Kiawah Island on May 20th, 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 Collin Morikawa in the last edition, played at TPC Harding Park in 2020
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Closer to the event, Bookmakers will produce various offers and price boosts on the 2021 PGA Championship. Keep an eye on this section for all the top offers available as we build up to the second Golf major of the year.
PGA Championship Form Guide
Going into a Major, recent form can be a huge boon or indeed barrier to success, especially with such a daunting track as Kiawah Island on the horizon. 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.
World Number 1: Dustin Johnson tends to lead the way in the markets for any event he plays in, since winning the 2020 US Masters by 5 shots. He has since followed that up with a win in Saudi Arabia back in February, before form has slipped by his hugely high standards, finishing outside the top 10 in his last four events, Despite this, he ranks 4th on the Tour in Scoring Average and 6th for Shots Gained: Tee To Green, making him an incredibly dangerous player in any competition and one to be ignored with peril.
Ranked sixth in the OWGR is Bryson De Chambeau, whose aggressive, big hitting style, has fast become a favourite for golf fans around the globe. The 27 year old has nine career wins including the 2020 US Open. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier in the year and bagged a 3rd at The Players after, before like Johnson, his intensity dropped for his last two events. De Chambeau leads the PGA Tour in SG: Total, Driving Distance, Eagles Per Hole and in Success When Going For The Green and once again is almost impossible to ignore, when looking at selections for the event.
Behind these two stars, there are plenty who are in strong form, with the likes of Spaniard Jon Rahm flying the flag for Europe, former prodigy Jordan Spieth finally starting to return to past form, having overome injury, while Justin Thomas, Rory Mcilroy and Xander Schauffele all deserve mentions. Realistically, you could make arguments for a good 15 players to win this tournament, such is the incredibly high standard in the game at the moment. However, before thinking I may as well put a pin in and guess, the Majors tend to throw some interesting trends and precidents that are difficuly to ignore, with the PGA Championship being no exception
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 2020 Event?
The current champion Collin Morikawa, won the event last year by 2 clear shots, ahead of Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. The American is in good form overall this year, winning the WGC Workday event and placing 7th in the RBC Heritage in April, amonng eight top 20 finishes in eighteen events since the PGA Championship win last year. He currently ranks 2nd in SG: Tee To Green and in the top 10 for both GIR and Driving Accuaracy, which will be a great boon to his game at Kiawah Island.
PGA Championship Defending Champions
Over the last 20 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). So the current champion, Morikawa has a lot to live up to and to defy, if looking to successfully defend his title here.
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 103rd 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
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island is most famous for the “War On The Shore”, which was given to the Ryder Cup battle between Europe and United States back in 1991, when gamesmanship and over exuberance got the better of the home fans and players in rather unsavoury scenes for a golfing event. More recently, this course hosting the 2012 PGA Championship, which saw Northern Irishman, Rory McIlory win his first of two event titles, winning by a massive eight shots.
Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is a Par 72, that is roughly 7,800 yards long and is ranked as one of the best courses in the United States by renowned publication, Golf Digest and was ranked America’s toughest course in 2010, with large sloping fairways, big bunkers and ten of the eighteen holes huggling the Atlantic Ocean, making driving from the tee, a nerve jangling experience. One of the tougher holes is the Par 5, 7th which is surrounded by large sand dunes on either side and despite the wide fairways, often catches players out, looking to bomb the green in two shots. The 3th hole, which features the canal all along the right side of the fairway is another concern for players, while in general crosswinds and gusts off the Atlantic Ocean, make any round a challenge.
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 Dustin Johnson. The World Number One is capable of decimating the field if in top form, as was shown in his record breaking margin of victory at the 2020 US Masters. He is usually the market leader in any event he participates in and more so in Major events.
- Where is the PGA Championship held?
The PGA Championship is held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, this will be the second time the event has been held at this venue. The last time it was held here, was in 2012, when Rory McIlroy won the event.