The PGA Championship is the second major of the professional golf season. The exclusive PGA tournament is one of the four major championships that occur during the golf campaign. What makes the event so exciting is the high quality of golfers that are invited to play. This year's event shouldn't be much different as the best golfers on the PGA Tour arrive for the spring tournament.
This season, the major championship will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Southern Hills Country Club. The field will consist of 156 players in 2022. Phil Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship tournament, but the reigning champion won't be at Southern Hills Country Club this time around.
Mickelson is on a sabbatical from golf. His absence from the PGA Championship will leave the tournament's trophy open to another top PGA golfer. One of the big questions surrounds former PGA Championship winner, Tiger Woods. Many of the world's golf fans hope the living legend will play the tournament. At the moment, there is still speculation around whether he'll play or not.
The PGA Championship's field is often believed to be the strongest of all the tournaments in professional golf. It often has the highest rated field of professional golfers competing. To qualify for the exclusive tournament, a golfer must fall into one of the following categories:
Be a previous PGA champion
Be a recent major winner
Be a top finisher in the 2021 PGA Championship
Be a Ryder Cup player
Be a tournament and leading money winner on the PGA Tour
Or be one of 20 PGA club or teaching professionals
Additional players are invited to compete in the tournament. However, the PGA must deem these players as one of the top 100 golfers in the world at the time.
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2022 PGA Championship Odds
The 2022 PGA Championship features a field of 156 players. It isn't uncommon at a major golf tournament for a player well outside of the top 20 in betting odds to make good during the week long tournament. Scottie Scheffler is the odds board leader heading into the first round of the tournament. Scheffler is at the best betting odds of 12/1 to win the tournament this season.
Scheffler is having a brilliant 2022. He leads the PGA Tour with four wins in 15 events. The American golfer's form has him as the bookies' favourite to win once more. However, you cannot count out some of the other great professional golfers that will be at Southern Hills. A bad day for Scheffler could see him fall out of contention. Scheffler is the World No. 1 heading into the tournament.
Jon Rahm is one the current PGA money leaders with $3.6 million in 2021-22. He has won just one event this season, but Rahm has had five top 10 finishes. In total, he has seven PGA Tour victories. Rahm is at the odds of 12/1 to finish first in Tulsa.
Justin Thomas is third on the odds board for the PGA Championship. Thomas is eighth in the PGA Tour World Rankings. The University of Alabama graduate has seven top 10 finishes this season. Although he has zero wins to date, Thomas has 14 previous PGA Tour victories.
One of the top betting favourites for Irish and UK punters is Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman is seventh in the world rankings ahead of the PGA Championship. McIlroy finished second at the Masters earlier this year. He has had four top 10 finishes and one win on the golf circuit. Bookies' best odds on a McIlroy win at the end of the tournament are at 16/1. Other betting favourites to win the tournament are Dustin Johson and Brooks Koepka.
Here is a look at the top 10 PGA Championship odds for the tournament:
Scottie Scheffler 12/1
John Rahm 12/1
Juston Thomas 16/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Collin Morikawa 18/1
Dustin Johnson 22/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Patrick Cantlay 22/1
Cameron Smith 22/1
Xander Schauffele 25/1
PGA Championship Field
The 2022 PGA Championship will feature 156 golfers battling for the trophy. The field is often seen as the strongest of all the PGA's majors due to the criteria in which golfers are chosen for the event.
To play at the tournament, golfers must have been either a past PGA champion, recent major winner, a top finisher in the 2021 PGA Championship tournament, Ryder Cup player, leading money winner on the tour, and/or a tournament wins leader. In addition, 20 PGA club or teaching professionals are also invited to play in the tournament.
That isn't all. Players that do not fall into any of the above criteria, but are seen as members of the top 100 golfers in the world are also invited to play. It is an incredible amount of talent the PGA brings together for the event.
Bettors can find it difficult to select a golfer to win the event due to the number of exceptional players on hand. The four day event will see some of the best golf played over the course of a single competition. Bettors can make a tidy profit off of a wager on the winner of the tournament.
One of the main tactics bettors have for the PGA Championship is to watch the tournament unfold in the first and/or second rounds. From there, as the tournament field thins out, it is slightly easier to pick an outright winner. Of course, you can simply make a sports betting pick ahead of the event and watch that golfer compete during the four round tournament. Easyodds will have the latest odds for you all tournament long.
About Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the plains of America's midwest. The golf club was founded in 1935. It was established by a group of Tulsa businessmen during the Great Depression. Although the golf club has the name "Hills" in it, the course is not very hilly. In fact, it lacks much elevation. The course is mostly flat with gradual elevation along its 18 holes.
The course was designed by Perry Maxwell. He is known for designing a number of golf courses in the state. Maxwell earned the nickname, "the father of Oklahoma golf". In 2018, the golf course was restored. The new design opened the course up. The original design made for narrow fairways and hidden aspects of the course that were unseen by many of those who played it. When the course re-opened, many of its trees had been removed to give the course a more wide open feeling. This year's PGA Championship will be the first at the golf club since 2007.
Golf course experts claim that there is nothing flashy about the Southern Hills course. It has Bermuda grass fairways that are lined with gorgeous trees. Its rough can be difficult to play out of. The grass in the rough areas is long, thick, and can damage a potential champion's chances of finishing with the trophy.
The 10th hole is one of the most exciting at Southern Hills. It is 441 yards from tee to green, but what makes this a fun hole is that it is a downward tee shot. So, the 10th hole plays shorter due to the ball moving downhill.
The par-4 18th hole is one that many PGA golfers want to avoid. The course provides viewers with a killer finish due to the difficulty of the final hole. It isn't the way many golfers protecting a slender lead want to end a major championship. There have been seven men's major tournaments held at Southern Hills. Only two winners were able to par the final hole. Those men were Tommy Bolt in 1958 and Tiger Woods in 2007.
The tournament was originally set to be played at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Due to various reasons, the PGA moved the tournament and ended its association with former U.S. President Donald Trump.
In Form Players
Scottie Scheffler is certainly one of the most in form players at the moment. Scheffler won the green jacket at the Masters in April. He has four wins this season and is red hot ahead of the PGA Championship. He has seven top 10 finishes this season. Bookies' have noted the fantastic form Scheffler is in and that is why he is the favourite to win the event in Tulsa.
Sam Burns may not be one of the favourites to win the tournament according to leading bookies, but he has two tour wins in 2021-22. Burns won the Valspar Championship and the Sanderson Farms Championship. He has six top 10 finishes in 2021-22.
Australian Cameron Smith has also posted two tour wins this season. He finished tied for third at the Masters. Rory McIlroy is a two time winner of the PGA Championship. Although his form isn't as strong as the three players previously mentioned, McIlroy will be a strong candidate to win the event. The Northern Irishman finished second at the Masters. He has just one major win this season.
Jon Rahm will certainly be one of the betting favourites for punters. Rahm has one win this season but he has five top 10 finishes. The Spaniard's best finish at this event was in 2018 when he ended fourth. In 2019, Patrick Cantlay finished the PGA Championship tied for third. This time around, the former UCLA Bruin is aiming for top prize. Cantlay has one win and six top five finishes in 2021-22.
Will Tiger Woods Win the PGA Championship?
Tiger Woods looks set to play at the 2022 PGA Championship. He was spotted playing a practice round in the days leading up to the event, leading many to speculate that he will take part.
Woods is a 15 time major championship winner. He has won the PGA Championship on four occasions, although it has been 15 years since Woods last won the tournament's trophy. Woods won the event in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007. Since winning the PGA Championship in 2007, Woods has been victorious just two additional times in PGA major tournaments.
Although Tiger Woods is a major name in golf, he has had a poor 2021-22 season. Woods finished 47 at the Masters. He has zero top 10 finishes. However, Woods cannot be counted out from winning the 2022 PGA Championship. He has 82 all time wins on the PGA Tour. He is one of the greats of the game alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Woods' last major win was over four years ago when he was victorious at Augusta National in 2019. Unfortunately for the golf legend, a return to Augusta National did not prove successful this year.
PGA Championship Past Winners
The winners from the past 10 PGA Championship tournaments:
Phil Mickelson 2021
Collin Morikawa 2020
Brooks Koepka 2019
Brooks Koepka 2018
Justin Thomas 2017
Jimmy Walker 2016
Jason Day 2015
Rory McIlroy 2014
Jason Dufner 2013
Rory McIlroy 2012
Who Won the Last Golf Major?
The most recent golf major was the Masters at Agusta National in Georgia. The tournament was won by Scottie Scheffler, the most in form golfer on the PGA Tour.
At the start of the final round, Rory McIlroy was 10 strokes behind Scheffler. McIlroy shot an incredible 8-under-par 64 to end the major tournament in second place. Performances like that means you cannot count out the likes of McIlroy in Tulsa.
PGA Championship Dates
The 2022 PGA Championship will be the 104th edition of the famous golf event. The tournament will be held from Wednesday, May 19, 2022, to Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Tulsa's Southern Hills Country Club will be the site of the famous tournament. The course was changed to the Tulsa location after originally being planned for the Trump National Golf Course Bedminster. This will be the fifth time that the course has hosted the PGA Championship. The tournament was played at the Tulsa course previously in 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2007.
PGA Championship Schedule
The tournament's first round will tee off on Thursday, May 19 at 13:00. The second round begins on Friday, May 20 at 13:00. Like the first round, the day will end around 01:00 in the morning UK time.
Day No. 3 sees the start of the third round of play. The action gets underway around 14:00 as the field thins out. The day will end roughly at 00:00 UK time. Round four will be similar on Sunday with the day starting at 14:00.
Oklahoma uses Central Standard Time, which means it is six hours behind the UK. The day will begin in Tulsa at 07:00 for rounds one and two, and 08:00 for rounds three and four.
Where Can I Watch the PGA Championship on TV?
In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will have exclusive around the clock coverage of the tournament. The Action will begin at midday on Thursday, May 19.
The sports channel will carry all of the action from day No. 1 starting at 13:00 and ending at 01:00. Day No. 2 begins on Friday with coverage starting at 13:00 and again finishing at 01:00.
On Saturday, Sky Sports will begin coverage from 14:00 until 00:00. Day No. 4 will be the same with coverage starting at 14:00 and finishing at midnight.
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