The second major of the 2021 golf calendar kicks off on Thursday, with the PGA Championship from the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort beginning in the early morning in South Carolina. It’s a loaded field with 156 golfers, and it’s an extremely even field, as well, with seven golfers coming in with odds at +1800 or less. Last year’s PGA Championship winner, Collin Morikawa, will be looking to defend his title when the tournament gets underway, but there are a handful of names ahead of him as far as the betting odds are concerned.
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- Course: Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course - Kiawah Island, South Carolina (Par 72)
- Defending Champion: Collin Morikawa
Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win this weekend, but Jordan Spieth isn’t too far behind and the Spieth storyline that’s persisted throughout the 2021 golf season appears to be continuing. Spieth has the fourth best odds at +1500, but he is the most bet on golfer by both bets and handle in large part due to his amazingly consistent play over the past eight events. Spieth has made eight cuts in a row, with five of those being top five finishes, including a win at the Valero Texas Open back in April. Spieth also came in third place at The Masters, an event in which DraftKings bettors were quite fond of him, as well. There’s basically been no reason to stop riding the hot streak, and that appears to be what’s going on for the PGA Championship.
Spieth is the most popular golfer for the First Round Leader market, too, but only by a small margin, with Keegan Bradley coming in just behind him. Bradley has actually made eight straight cuts, as well, but it seems as though the last two tournaments are what have DraftKings bettors interested. Bradley has a second place and an 18th place finish his last two times out, but he was especially good in the first round in both of those tournaments, shooting a 64 and a 66, respectively. There’s a decent amount of bettors hoping that Bradley’s trend of early-tournament success will continue.
The top five market is populated by many of the favorites to win the tournament — Spieth obviously included — and the one name that stands out here as an outlier is Sam Burns at +1000. It’s actually a little surprising that Burns isn’t getting more love across the board, as he’s finished first and second in his last two events, but those were events without major-level competition. Still, Burns is clearly playing extremely well of late, and it does make sense that many DraftKings bettors would find a top five investment to be pretty appealing.
It’s probably not a surprise to anyone, but the most bet on matchup this week on the DraftKings Sportsbook by a substantial margin is the one between Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau. Spieth has become even more of a household name than he used to be due to the aforementioned recent form, and DeChambeau may just generally be the most recognizable name in golf. Bryson’s recent form has been pretty good, too, with wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and at the U.S. Open last September. He’s had plenty of top 10 finishes in his other events, as well. The betting splits dynamic kind of tells the story with this matchup, as the bets are heavily skewed towards Spieth, while the handle favors Bryson. Most bettors seem to be buying in on Spieth, but the larger wagers are clearly landing on Bryson, even as the favorite. Those with more at stake clearly seem to prefer the DeChambeau side of this head-to-head, and it could be an indication that Spieth has finally reached a point where the hype is a little too excessive.
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