10 Vegas Favorites for the 2016 PGA Championship
Unless you’re an avid golf enthusiast, you probably prefer learning about the sport’s many scandals as opposed to which players are grouped together and who will most likely make a run on the back nine. But golf terms aside, the sport, if you’re willing to give it a chance, is highly entertaining — especially when it comes to the major championships.
Through the 2016 season, we’ve been fortunate enough to experience three exhilarating and competitive major events. We don’t know how the 2016 PGA Championship — the fourth and final major of the year — will play out, but if it’s anything like the last three, we should be in for a worthwhile finale. You better believe the best of the best will be ready to fight for the Wanamaker Trophy.
In the end, however, golf is one of the more unpredictable sports on the planet. With so many talented players on tour, any one of them could put together four great rounds and come away with the title. Of course, that’s never stopped the oddsmakers in Vegas from picking their favorites. With that in mind, here’s a look at the 10 golfers with the best odds of winning the 2016 PGA Championship.
10. Bubba Watson
Although Bubba Watson tied for 39th at the conclusion of The Open Championship, you can never count out the two-time major champion. This season, Watson has five top-10 finishes, three top-10 finishes, and one victory. A win at the 2016 PGA Championship is hardly out of the question for the No. 6-ranked player in the world.
7. (tie) Adam Scott
Aside from his No. 8 world ranking, Adam Scott is currently No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. In 2016, the Australian superstar has two victories along with five top-10 finishes and nine occasions finishing in the tournament’s top 25. Scott’s never won The PGA Championship; his best finish came in 2006 when he tied for third place. There’s no reason 2016 can’t finally be his year.
7. (tie) Rickie Fowler
As the World No. 7, Rickie Fowler is clearly more than just one of the most stylish golfers on tour. While he hasn’t won a tournament this season, Fowler has finished in the top 10 on seven separate occasions and placed in the top 25 exactly 10 times. Despite being a long shot to win, Fowler is certainly capable of making a run at the 2016 PGA Championship.
7. (tie) Justin Rose
Don’t let Justin Rose’s status as the No.11-ranked player in the world — or the fact that he hasn’t finished among the top two in tournament this season — fool you; the guy has serious game. He’s still managed to place in the top 25 on nine separate occasions along with five top-10 finishes. Rose is definitely a dark horse worth keeping an eye on.
6. Phil Mickelson
After coming up short at The Open Championship, you better believe Phil Mickelson will be out for blood at the season’s final major championship. Despite three second-place showings, six top-10 finishes, and placing in the top 25 on 10 different occasions this year, Lefty has yet to win a tournament in 2016. This PGA Championship would be as good a place as any for the World No. 13 to get his first victory of the year.
5. Henrik Stenson
Following a record-setting performance at The Open, it will be interesting to see if Henrik Stenson can keep the good times rolling at The PGA Championship. Considering the consistency he’s had this season, including three top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him make it two major victories in a row.
3. (tie) Dustin Johnson
At this moment in time, there aren’t many golfers playing at as high of a level as Dustin Johnson. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world, is leading the FedExCup standings, and has two victories on the year. On top of that, Johnson’s placed in the top 25 15 times and has 12 top-10 finishes in 2016. You can expect to see him in the thick of things at the 2016 PGA Championship.
3. (tie) Jordan Spieth
While Jordan Spieth‘s 2016 campaign doesn’t compare to the dominance he experienced in 2015, he’s still playing some pretty fine golf. The No. 3-ranked player in the world has two victories, six top-10 finishes, and placed in the top 25 on 11 separate occasions. It would only be fitting for him to make a charge at The PGA Championship.
1. (tie) Jason Day
There is a reason Jason Day is one of the two favorites to take home the 2016 PGA Championship; he’s just that good. The No. 1 player in the world has three victories on the year, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 finishes in the top 25. Oh, and he’s also in the second spot in the FedExCup standings. It’s safe to say we feel good about Day’s chances at this event.
1. (tie) Rory McIlroy
You may be surprised to see Rory McIlroy as one of the two golfers with the best odds at the 2016 PGA Championship, but there’s a simple explanation for that: History.
Despite his World No. 4 ranking, the 27-year-old gets the benefit of the doubt because he’s won The PGA Championship twice before (in 2012 and 2014). Sometimes all a golfer needs is a bit of confidence. As far as this tournament is concerned, McIlroy has it in spades.