PGA Championship 2023 Each Way Tips – Best Betting Predictions

PGA Championship 2023 Each Way Tips – Best Betting Predictions
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The PGA Tour calendar has reached the second major of the year: The 2023 PGA Championship. The East Course at Oak Hills Country Club in Pittsford, NY will play host to a 156-player field.

Justin Thomas is the defending champion after a seven-stroke comeback during the final round at Southern Hills last year. The betting favorites are Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler at 8-1 odds.

In this article, we’ll provide three PGA Championship each-way tips for this year’s edition.

Each-Way Betting Explained

An each-way wager in golf combines two wagers into a single wager. Two bets are placed: one on the golfer to win and the other on the golfer to place among the first five, six, seven or eight positions (depending on the sportsbook). Before putting your wager in, it’s crucial to review the rules of the bookmaker. Also, make sure to compare odds because some books pay out for more places than others.

You’ll win both bets if the golfer you bet on wins. If the golfer places and doesn’t win, you’ll lose the outright bet but secure the place bet, which can enable you to profit. The place bet usually pays out at a quarter of the entire odds.

If you’re able to find a sportsbook that pays for more than five places (some pay eight), it’s safer because it’s a lot easier to finish in the top eight of a tournament than the top five.

Each Way Predictions PGA Championship

Jon Rahm is in the best form leading up to the event, but if you consider his odds too low, consider these three players.

Xander Schauffele (16-1, E/W)

The 2019 Olympic gold medalist is in search of his first major victory and enters the tournament with a string of excellent results.

Schauffele is coming off a solo second at the Wells Fargo Championship (elevated event), which showcased a strong field. He’s earned four top-ten finishes in a row and has eight total this season in 13 events.

In 23 major championship appearances, the San Diego native has finished 10 times in the top 10 and won three PGA Tour events last campaign.

The World No. 5 leads the PGA Tour with 24 consecutive cuts made and ranks first in approaches from 150-175 yards.

Schauffele Notable Stats

  • Eagles (Holes per): 2nd
  • Strokes Gained Total: 4th
  • SG (Approach to green): 5th
  • SG (Putting): 19th
  • Scoring average: 6th
  • Greens in regulation: 19th
  • Putting average: 19th
  • Par 4 scoring: 13th
  • Birdie average: 21st
  • Scrambling: 27th

With Schauffele’s major history and results this season, he definitely has a chance to place or win this week.

Brooks Koepka (20-1, E/W)

After a slight dip in form after dealing with injuries the last couple of years, the four-time major champion appears to be “back”.

Koepka showed the golf world at the Masters he definitely still has “it” after leading the tournament through 54 holes and finishing in a T2, four strokes behind Rahm. The 33-year-old struggled in the final round, shooting a 3-over par 74.

Since the Masters, Koepka has played in three LIV events with results of T11, a win and a T5.

The current LIV golf member won back-to-back PGA Championships in 2018 and 2019 and has five top 5s at the event in the past eight editions. He’s never missed a cut at the tournament.

In majors since 2015, Koepka ranks first in score to par, birdies or better, rounds in the 60s, scoring average and in strokes gained total (h/t NUCLR Golf Stats).

Prior to the beginning of 2016, entering the 2022 U.S. Open (three majors have occurred since), Koepka was 71 under par in majors, 50 strokes clear of his closest competitor during that time.

Koepka Majors since 2015

  • Starts: 29
  • Wins: 4
  • Top 7s or better: 15
  • Top 7 percentage: 51.7%

Cameron Smith (33-1, E/W)

After leaving the PGA Tour for LIV, Cameron Smith certainly hasn’t been highlighted much by the media. His ability to win and contend in tournaments has remained.

In 2022, Smith was considered to be a top-five player in the world, and some would argue even among the top three. Last season the Aussie won the Open Championship and the PGA Tour’s flagship event: The Players Championship.

The 29-year-old enters this week hot after finishing T2 and losing in a playoff to Dustin Johnson last weekend at LIV Tulsa.

Cameron Smith LIV Events

  • Starts: 11 
  • Wins: 2 
  • Top 6s: 7
  • Top 6 percentage: 63.6%

Smith has two top threes in his past five major starts and finished T34 at the 2023 Masters. In his prior PGA Championship appearance, the mullet man recorded a T13 which was his highest finish at the event.

His 33-1 odds seem a little too high compared to other players in that range.

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