PGA Championship 2023 – Day 2 Betting Tips and Predictions

PGA Championship 2023 – Day 2 Betting Tips and Predictions
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The first day at the PGA Championship was cut short due to a weather delay after frosty conditions forced tee times to be moved up about two hours. Round one will resume in the morning followed by the second round immediately after.

PGA Tour rookie Eric Cole holds the lead at 5-under par with four holes left to play. 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau is the clubhouse leader at 4-under par. Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners and Dustin Johnson all sit in a tie for sixth at 3-under. 

In this article, we’ll provide two PGA Championship day two betting tips for head-to-head matchups.

PGA Championship Day 2 Matchups

The following recommendation is for Brooks Koepka to record a lower score than Rory McIlroy in round two.

Brooks Koepka over Rory McIlroy @ 21/20 (+105)

Koepka (2-over par) has returned to form this year after dealing with injuries the last few years. In his last five starts, he’s recorded a win and four top 10s.

Koepka Results (previous five tournaments)

LIV Golf Tulsa198 (-12)T5
LIV Golf Singapore197 (-16)3
LIV Golf Adelaide204 (-12)T11
The Masters280 (-8)T2
LIV Golf Orlando198 (-15)1

The West Palm Beach, Florida native held the lead at the Masters after three rounds before struggling on Sunday allowing Jon Rahm to overtake him and secure the green jacket.

Rory McIlroy (1-over) is currently in a totally different head space. He’s admitted to being tired and during the opening round of the PGA Championship, told his playing partner (Justin Thomas) he had been feeling sick the night before.

The Northern Irishman has missed two cuts (at the Players Championship and Masters) in his last five appearances. Aside from a T2 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he hasn’t finished better than T29.

The chart below compares the two players’ scores during the second rounds of their previous five starts.

Koepka vs. McIlroy’s last five round twos


As shown above, Koepka has shot lower than McIlroy in all five round twos. In terms of the total score, Koepka has beaten the fellow 4-time major winner by 34 strokes.

With Bet365 offering Koepka at plus money, there is plenty of value to be taken by wagering Koepka to win the head-to-head matchup.

Adam Scott over Keith Mitchell @ 10/13 (-130)

Adam Scott is one of the hottest golfers on the planet right now, and I’m not talking about his looks (he’s always been the most attractive player). 

The Aussie entered the PGA Championship with two straight top-10 finishes and hasn’t missed a cut in 12 total events this season (10 PGA and two DP World Tour). Scott currently sits in a tie for sixth at 2-under par while Mitchell is T10 at 1-under.

During his first round, the 42-year-old played exceptionally well and nearly had a clean card aside from a bogey on the ninth and a double on the 18th. Scott’s double on 18 came in cold temperatures and darkness. A horrid lie and stance in the greenside bunker prevented him from holding the clubhouse lead at 4-under par with Bryson DeChambeau.

Mitchell hasn’t been consistent this year or during his last five individual starts (T59, missed cut, 53, 35, T24).

Scott performed at a higher caliber in his prior five appearances: (T8, T5, T31, T39, 71).

Scott vs. Mitchell’s last five round twos


As indicated in the table above, Scott has only shot worse on one occasion than Mitchell during his last five second rounds, and it was at the Players Championship in early March.

The 2013 Masters winner is much more polished on his resume in regards to majors and has a top 15 in two of his previous three. Mitchell has only qualified for two majors (T26, T52) in the past two years and has participated in four for his entire career while Scott has played in 87.

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