Thanks to a newly-restructured PGA Tour schedule, fans of golf betting have been given a little bit of a treat: the PGA Championship taking place in May as opposed to August.
Technically the second major of this season (The Players’ Championship is viewed as a sort of pseudo-major), the PGA Championship will take place from May 16-19 at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island in Farmingdale, New York. It will feature the game’s biggest stars battling for the Wanamaker Trophy and should include plenty of drama at a historic location. All we can hope for is that it delivers on all of the above, in addition to giving us a chance to pull in a few dollars by Sunday evening.
NJ sports betting players should keep in mind that making golf getting picks prior to any PGA Tour event, but especially a major, can be difficult. Here are a few things in mind when making PGA Championship 2019 predictions:
- The Course Matters
- Look At Recent Results
- Lean Toward Experience
For more information on tips and the process of making golf betting picks, please pay a visit to our guides below:
Here on BonusSeeker, we are taking a look at FanDuel Sportsbook lines for this huge event on the PGA Tour schedule and will provide some golf betting predictions on 2019 PGA Championship odds.
PGA Championship Odds 2019: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka Among NJ Online Sports Betting Favorites
There’s another thing that’s different about this year’s tournament aside from its place on the calendar. For the first time since 2008, Tiger Woods coming into a major event as the most recent winner after a stunning performance at The Masters in April. It still feels somewhat surreal and cannot be repeated enough: Tiger Woods won The Masters in the year 2019.
The PGA Championship already extremely popular as a major event on the PGA Tour schedule, but the added buzz around the tournament brought by Tiger’s return to the mountaintop is palpable. Woods, who is a four-time winner at the PGA Championship, played just nine holes in the rain at Bethpage Black on Monday morning while patrons were asking around the course for hours after he’d left just hoping to get a glimpse.
That excitement is only making Woods an even more popular NJ online sports betting pick than he already was before he won the Green Jacket at Augusta. Once at +1400, Woods’ FanDuel Sportsbook PGA Championship odds are now at +1100, where he’s sharing the co-favorite role with the top ranked golfer in the world in Dustin Johnson.
Tied with Woods and Johnson at +1100 is last year’s winner Brooks Koepka, who won the 2018 PGA Championship at Shinnecock Hills, also located on Long Island. Koepka, who has won three majors in his last seven tries and plays a style suited perfectly for Bethpage, is sure to be one of the most popular golf betting picks on the FanDuel Sportsbook app by the time the tournament tees off on Thursday.
Golf Betting Predictions: 2019 PGA Championship Picks Using FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Now, it’s time make some PGA Championship predictions of our own using FanDuel Sportsbook odds. In addition to making selections strictly on golfers to win the tournament, we’ve done a deep dive of the FanDuel app to find more specific golf betting markets heading into the event at Bethpage Black.
PGA Tournament Picks To Possibly Win
Obviously only one player can lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday evening (weather permitting), but plenty have a chance to win. The great thing about golf betting is that pre-tournament odds allow New Jersey sports betting players to make multiple golf predictions and still wind up in the green after the weekend!
- Brooks Koepka To Win (+1100 On FanDuel Sportsbook app)
The simplest golf betting tip anyone can provide is to match up your picks with the course and Brooks Koepka may be the horse to ride at a long, difficult golf course like Bethpage Black. Koepka’s value as dropped as he’s risen to the top of the odds-on favorites list, but for good reason. Koepka has won three of the last seven majors he’s competed in and just finished tied for 2nd at The Masters last month. Over the last calendar year, this is the best big-event player in the game.
- Rickie Fowler To Win (+2000 On FanDuel Sportsbook)
Rickie Fowler is maybe the best player on the PGA Tour that has yet to win a major. He’s a popular pick this week as he is at many major events, and it only feels like a matter of time. Fowler has experience not only at Bethpage, but winning on huge courses like Quail Hollow in the past. Fowler’s stock is trending upward as it always feels like it is with two top-10 finishes in his last two stars, so we are riding the Rickie wave to finally get the proverbial monkey off his back.
PGA Tournament Predictions For Top 5, 10 & 20
- Brooks Koepka Top 5 Finish (+290 On FanDuel Sportsbook)
Look, this guy can overpower any course he plays on and remains as calm as anyone under pressure. If you’re not confident taking him to win or want a golfer with more value than +110, make a smaller bet on Koepka to finish top five. He’s got five top-five finishes in his last nine majors and Bethpage Black fits his game like a glove. This is going to be a good week for Brooks Koepka, and nearly tripling your money here could be a great play.
- Jon Rahm Top 10 Finish (+240 On FanDuel Sportsbook app)
Jon Rahm has quickly become one of the very best golfers in the world, mostly on the back of incredible driving ability and iron play. Not the strongest around the green, but he can get away with it at a place like Bethpage, where his length provides him as much wiggle room as Koepka or anyone else since he gains as many strikes tee-to-green as almost anyone. Putting it all together for a week, especially at a course he’s never played, does seem like a tall order. For that reason, we’re keeping him at top 10, but at a decent price of +240.
- Tony Finau Top 20 Finish (+196 On FanDuel Sportsbook)
Finau is an absolute monster off the tee, something that many of the top finishers in this tournament will likely have in common. Much is made of his struggles around the green, and at Bethpage that could make it tough for Finau to gain strokes without masterful putting. Whatever the case, he’s finished Top 20 in four of his last five majors and we’re taking him to do it again at +196. Bethpage demands distance, Finau will oblige, and sports bettors can double their money. This is one of the very best tour players who has yet to reach the mountain top (like Rickie Fowler or Hideki Matsuyama), and even if he has to wait a bit longer, this should be a big week for him at Bethpage.
- Hideki Matsuyama Top 30 Finish (+115 on FanDuel Sportsbook app)
Finishing Top 30 may not seem like a great result, but for us, it still means plus-money. Matsuyama is one of the very best ball-strikers on a course where ball-striking will be key. He hasn’t put it all together with his putter and hasn’t performed too well of late (T-32 at The Masters), and that’s why we don’t have him finishing higher despite his capability. Feel safe and confident in a Top 30 finish with Matsuyama.
- No Hole In One In Tournament (-102 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
This is obviously a complete guess, but unlike No. 13 at Augusta National in The Masters, there isn’t a par-3 hole at Bethpage Black for NJ sports betting players to be so afraid of that players are going to drain a hole-in one. There are only four par-3 holes on the course, three of them being over 200 yards while many of the greens at Bethpage contain some kind of topography to contend this. If you want to make a fun PGA Championship pick NOT centered around a player, go with this one and root for no holes in one!