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The 2023 PGA Championship is set to begin on Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club in New York and a massive field of 156 players are set to take part. Among them are multiple major championship winners, those chasing their first major triumph and those potentially playing in their final-ever major.
Here are our top betting picks and predictions ahead of the second major tournament of the year.
PGA Championship picks and predictions
Jon Rahm to win the tournament – 15/2
Some people say never to back the favourite in golf tournaments, particularly when the field is as big as it is this week. However, you would have to be foolish to believe that Jon Rahm at 15/2 still isn’t an excellent price considering the form he has been in over the past six months and the swagger he is now playing with.
In 2023, the Spaniard has lifted four trophies on the PGA Tour including the Masters in April. Spurred on by the confidence of winning the year’s first major, and the fact that he is the number one golfer on the world rankings, Rahm will be a force to be reckoned with this week at Oak Hill.
Rory McIlroy to win the tournament – 12/1
Despite his poor form over the past couple of months, McIlroy is still the third favourite for this event at 12/1. The Northern Irishman only has one win to his name this year, and that was on the DP World Tour, however, on talent alone, he is always worth backing.
McIlroy has won the PGA Championship twice before and the course at Oak Hill suits his powerful game. The last time the course hosted the tournament in 2013, Mcilroy finished in a tie for 8th and he should perform well again this time providing he gets off to a solid start – something that has plagued his game at major championships in recent years.
"It's the mental aspect of it and the deflation of it… I still believe that I'm one of the best golfers in the world."
Rory McIlroy on getting over the disappointment of Augusta ⬇pic.twitter.com/48kGnKRuKE
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 16, 2023
Tony Finau to win the tournament – 20/1
Tony Finau has hit form at the right time just as major season kicks into full swing. The 33-year-old won the Mexico Open earlier this month and the manner in which he won it was certainly impressive. After leading the tournament through rounds two and three, Finau had to hold off a rampant Jon Rahm on the final day, something he accomplished with relative ease.
Although Finau is yet to taste major success, the confidence boost he would have gotten from going toe to toe with Rahm and coming out on top just a few weeks ago should stand him in good stead this week. He has the game to win a major, and this week the stars may well have just aligned for him at the right time.
Dustin Johnson to win the tournament – 25/1
Dustin Johnson is a former world number one and would still be right up there at the top of golf’s world rankings had he not decided to join the LIV Golf Series last year. The 38-year-old is still phenomenal on his day and he will be a match for anyone if he plays to his potential this week.
Johnson tasted success at LIV Tulsa last weekend, something that should provide him with momentum going into this week. Prior to the Masters, Brooks Koepka won a LIV event the weekend before and went on to have a sensational week at Augusta. Johnson will be hopeful that the same can now happen for him in New York.
Dustin Johnson still has it 🔥
— Tour Golf (@TuorGolf) May 13, 2023
Talor Gooch to win the tournament – 75/1
Talor Gooch isn’t exactly a household name in golf, which explains his price at 75/1. However, his ability and form in recent times suggest that this price could be a little long. Like Johnson, Gooch is a professional on the LIV Golf series which means he won’t have played as many events as the majority of the field but that doesn’t mean to say he can’t win.
Earlier this month, Gooch made LIV history when he became the first player to win back-to-back events after he followed up a dominant display in Adelaide with a win in Singapore. Although Gooch is yet to even finish inside the top ten of a major championship, we believe that he is worth a look at 75/1 due to his hot streak of form.
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