After an incredibly long wait, the first major of the year is finally here and we're celebrating with some 2020 PGA Championship betting picks!
This year's PGA Championship is the 102nd iteration of the event and will take place from August 6th to August 9th at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, and it should definitely be an action-packed week.
Golf is popular among the betting public on a regular basis but major championships are a whole different ballgame. The expectation is that online sportsbooks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or any other state where betting is legal are going to be very busy this week.
Without any more delay, let's get into what to expect at Harding Park and make some PGA Championship predictions!
2020 PGA Championship Betting Tips - Golf Betting Strategy
TPC Harding Park will measure just over 7,200 yards and play at Par 70 for the PGA Championship, which now takes the mantle as the first major of the year following the rescheduling of The Masters and cancelation of The Open.
For just the fourth time in its history, the tournament will be held at a municipal golf course, though this track won't play anything like the local courses many of us are accustomed to visiting on weekends.
Courses are always more difficult in majors than regular events and that should be no different, but what should we expect from Harding Park aside from some beautiful Monterey Cypress and Eucalyptus trees?
The rough will be lush, the fairways will be tight, and the greens will be fast. Originally scheduled for the middle of May, the tournament will take place in the dog days of Summer in early August, which could mean even thicker rough and greens will be even more diabolical than originally expected.
Here are some stats to consider when making 2020 PGA Championship picks:
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- SG: Approach
- SG: Putting
- Par 4 Efficiency (450-500 Yards)
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PGA Championship 2020 Predictions - Golf Betting Picks
We go into the 2020 event looking squarely at Brooks Koepka, who has won this event each of the past two years (Bellerive, Bethpage Black) and is looking for a three-peat, although he's currently in a bit of a funk. Other recent champions include Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy twice.
The length of the course for a major will always play into the hands of the big hitters, but your 2020 PGA Championship picks can't be based on just one thing. Undoubtedly, iron play on approach, scrambling, and putting will all play major roles as well.
Once you're ready to bet, consider the following 2020 PGA Championship predictions:
- Xander Schauffele To Win (+2200 on BetMGM)
Schauffele is a player who always seems to get up for big events, and we are expecting no different at TPC Harding Park from a golfer whose statistical profile matches up really nicely.
His tee-to-green game is 10th on tour, he ranks 16th on approach, and the scrambling game is good enough to get around this week. If Schauffele gets hot with the putter, watch out, because he's going to be at the top of the leaderboard.
The California native has finished in the top six in five of 11 career majors so even if you are apprehensive about an outright bet, consider Schauffele for a finishing position wager in your 2020 PGA Championship betting predictions. For what it's worth, he went top 20 in four of his first five events since the restart.
- Gary Woodland To Win (+5000 on DraftKings)
Woodland took home his first major trophy after winning the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and we think he can contend at Harding Park, another West Coast venue. The confluence of history at the course, statistical profile, recent form, and betting value might just make Woodland worth a serious look.
There's no doubt that Harding Park, which hasn't hosted a tournament since 2015, will play more difficult than ever before. But in that event, the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Woodland wound up with a second-place finish after defeating Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, and Webb Simpson before losing to Rory McIlroy.
Now back to 2020, where Woodland has finished in the top 10 twice since the restart and six times this season. He's ranking eighth in SG: Approach, 25th in SG: Putting, 31st in SG: Tee-To-Green, with most of those numbers improving recently. When looking for a combination of length, irons, and putter, Woodland is a decent one to consider for your 2020 PGA Tour picks.
PGA Championship 2020 Picks - Finishing Position Golf Betting
Another way to win money is by selecting going after finishing position markets rather than outright winners.
The lines are much modest in comparison these bets are more likely to provide a rooting interest across the entire length of the tournament along with a mch larger chance of winning once Sunday afternoon arrives.
Think about some of the following golfers if betting on 2020 PGA Championship odds for finishing position:
- Rory McIlroy Top 10 (+175)
The two-time winner of this event (2012, 2014) has been pretty quiet since the restart but now that we are talking about the biggest events of the year, we can't do so without mentioning McIlroy.
Sure, it's been a while since Rory has won a major, but that doesn't mean he isn't playing well in them. He was T-8th in last year's event and over his last 19 majors, he's finished top 10 in more than half of them (10). In each of the past five years, he's come in the top 10 of at least two major tournaments.
McIlroy also has six top-10s in 10 events this season and had 14 such finishes in 19 events during last season. When he's right, there may be no better golfer on the planet.
He ranks third in SG: Tee-To-Green, 15th in SG: Approach, and is deceptively good at scrambling around the green. Take Rory and the modest odds for a clean top-10 finish once again at a major event as part of your 2020 PGA Championship picks.
- Collin Morikawa Top 30 (+110)
Morikawa didn't join the tour last season until June, which means he was just a few weeks late for last year's event at Bethpage Black. It's definitely risky to go with first-timers, especially considering this is Morikawa's first major of any kind, but this isn't your typical 23-year old. Plus, he's playing in his own backyard.
There is no better approach player on tour than Morikawa, who also ranks sixth overall in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green. With 10 top-30 finishes in 16 events this season, Morikawa provides some value to do it again if he can corral the putter along with whatever emotions he may encounter while playing his first major event.
2020 PGA Championship Best Bets
- Xander Schauffele To Win (+2200 on BetMGM), Top 20 (-110 on DraftKings)
- Gary Woodland To Win (+5000 on DraftKings), Top 30 (+150 on FanDuel)
- Rory McIlroy Top 10 (+175 on DraftKings)
- Tony Finau Top 30 (+138 on DraftKings)
- Jason Day Top 30 (+120 on FanDuel)
- Collin Morikawa Top 30 (+110 on FanDuel)
- Erik van Rooyen Top 40 (+150 on DraftKings)
- Matchup: Justin Thomas (-143) vs. Jon Rahm (Tie No Bet - DraftKings)
We will continue to add and update selections until players tee off on Thursday, so check back throughout the week once all of the 2020 PGA Championship betting odds are posted!