PGA Championship Preview

The first major of the 2020 PGA season is finally upon us. In normal times, this would be around the time where the major season would be wrapping up, instead we get to look forward to meaningful golf throughout the fall season. The PGA Championship will be played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.

Last weeks St. Jude tournament was a phenomenal display of golf and Justin Thomas returned to the winners circle with Phil Mickelson’s former caddie Jim “Bones” McKay on the bag while Thomas’ normal caddie recovers from an illness. It is speculated that McKay will continue the looping duties for Thomas this week.

In disappointing news my favorite golfer of all-time has withdrawn from the PGA Championship, John Daly will sadly not be competing. He is not the only former PGA Champion to decline invitation, Vijay Singh will also not be participating this year. It seems that both guys are trying to limit their travel during the pandemic and will focus most of their attention on the Champions Tour. I believe that if the circumstances were normal, both of these golfing legends would be participating in this championship.

Tiger Woods will make his return to the course amidst rumors circulating that he is not in the best of physical health and the lingering back and knee issues are more prevalent than he would let us believe. He still comes into this tournament with high expectations and the odds makers are buying into that theory, Tiger is 22-1 to win the tournament. Remarkable odds for a guy in his mid-40’s dealing with injury, but this isn’t any normal guy or any normal professional athlete, this is the one and only Tiger Woods and if last years Masters Tournament taught us anything, it is that Tiger still has a lot left in the tank, especially on golfs biggest stages.

One of the biggest surprises from last week was Phil Mickelson making a late Sunday charge and became only a handful of players in golf history to ever finish a tournament in the top 10 after turning 50 years old. Phil is my guy, behind John Daly, I am always rooting for Phil and it is amazing the level of consistency he has shown this season so far. Phil was considering making his Champions Tour debut (have to be 50 to compete) but with the way he has been playing lately, he still has a lot of money grabbing to do on the PGA Tour before riding off into the sunset and only playing the majors.

The players have been praising the work by the PGa to make this feel like a major and accommodate all the players to the best of their ability. The PGA has created a giant airplane hangar look-alike and has filled it with individual lockers, tables and chairs for each of the players so they could have a place to decompress, relax and have the simulation of the locker room.

This is going to be so exciting, having a major tournament being played amidst the highly intense NBA and NHL restart, along with baseball’s shortened season where every game matters. This is going to be a phenomenal weekend of sports watching. This is where you have to set up two laptops, two TV’s and maybe a radio broadcast on your phone, this is all hands on deck and when this many sports are being played, it gives us an opportunity to have a big financial weekend. Let’s look at the odds:

2020 PGA Championship odds (via William Hill)
Brooks Koepka 10-1
Justin Thomas 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau 11-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Jon Rahm 14-1
Dustin Johnson 20-1
Xander Schauffele 22-1
Tiger Woods 22-1
Patrick Cantlay 24-1
Webb Simpson 28-1
Collin Morikawa 35-1
Rickie Fowler 40-1
Hideki Matsuyama 40-1
Jason Day 40-1
Daniel Berger 40-1
Viktor Hovland 40-1
Tyrrell Hatton 45-1
Patrick Reed 45-1
Justin Rose 50-1
Jordan Spieth 50-1
Tony Finau 50-1
Tommy Fleetwood 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50-1
Adam Scott 50-1
Paul Casey 66-1
Sergio Garcia 66-1
Louis Oosthuizen 66-1
Marc Leishman 66-1
Matt Kuchar 66-1
Sung-Jae Im 66-1
Abraham Ancer 66-1
Shane Lowry 70-1
Matthew Wolff 80-1
Henrik Stenson 80-1
Brendon Todd 80-1
Phil Mickelson 80-1
Bubba Watson 100-1
Billy Horschel 100-1
Scottie Scheffler 100-1
Byeong Hun An 100-1
Joaquin Niemann 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Chez Reavie 100-1
Danny Willett 100-1
Max Homa 125-1
Kevin Kisner 125-1
Harris English 125-1
Kevin Streelman 125-1
Ian Poulter 125-1
Tom Lewis 125-1
Cameron Champ 125-1
Matt Wallace 125-1
Corey Conners 150-1
Emiliano Grillo 150-1
Kevin Na 150-1
Michael Thompson 150-1
Joel Dahmen 150-1
Bernd Wiesberger 150-1
Brendan Steele 150-1
Martin Kaymer 150-1
Rory Sabbatini 150-1
Erik van Rooyen 150-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 150-1
Brandt Snedeker 150-1
Charl Schwartzel 150-1
Lucas Glover 150-1
Ryan Moore 200-1
Hao-Tong Li 200-1
Danny Lee 200-1
Sepp Straka 200-1
Sung-Hoon Kang 200-1
Kurt Kitayama 200-1
Cameron Smith 200-1
Zach Johnson 200-1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 200-1
Dylan Frittelli 200-1
Scott Piercy 200-1
Matthias Schwab 200-1
Graeme McDowell 200-1
Cameron Tringale 200-1
Joost Luiten 200-1
Russell Henley 200-1
Troy Merritt 200-1
Mackenzie Hughes 200-1
Keegan Bradley 200-1
Brian Harman 200-1
Luke List 200-1
Si-Woo Kim 200-1
Jason Kokrak 200-1
Doc Redman 200-1
Robert MacIntyre 200-1
J.T. Poston 200-1
Ryan Palmer 200-1
Adam Long 200-1
Keith Mitchell 250-1
Jason Dufner 250-1
Wyndham Clark 250-1
Talor Gooch 250-1
Lanto Griffin 250-1
Nick Taylor 250-1
Andrew Putnam 250-1
Harold Varner 250-1
Jim Furyk 250-1
Matt Jones 300-1
C.T. Pan 300-1
Bud Cauley 300-1
Vaughn Taylor 300-1
Marcus Kinhult 300-1
Andrew Landry 300-1
Denny McCarthy 300-1
Jazz Janewattananond 3-1
Victor Perez 300-1
Sebastian Munoz 300-1
Joohyung Kim 300-1
Jimmy Walker 350-1
Carlos Ortiz 400-1
Tyler Duncan 400-1
Benjamin Hebert 400-1
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 400-1
Tom Hoge 400-1
Mark Hubbard 400-1
Jorge Campillo 400-1
Shaun Norris 500-1
Brian Stuard 500-1
Steve Stricker 500-1
Zach J. Johnson 500-1
Lucas Herbert 500-1
Ryo Ishikawa 500-1
Chan Kim 500-1
Nate Lashley 500-1
Davis Love 750-1
Jim Herman 750-1
Ken Tanigawa 1000-1
Rod Perry 1000-1
Rich Beem 1000-1
Shaun Micheel 1500-1
Alex Knoll 1500-1
Jeff Hart 1500-1
Rob Labritz 1500-1
Jason Caron 1500-1
Ryan Vermeer 1500-1
Justin Bertsch 1500-1
Shawn Warren 1500-1
Alex Beach 1500-1
Judd Gibb 2000-1
Michael Auterson 2000-1
Ben Cook 2000-1
Rich Berberian 2000-1
John O’Leary 2000-1
David Muttitt 2000-1
Danny Balin 2000-1
Jeff Roth 2000-1
Bob Sowards 2000-1
Marty Jertson 2000-1
Matt Wallace 100-1(late entry)

Alright here we go, I will give you my projected top 10 and I would be on board with giving these guys a vote of confidence and betting them to finish in the top 10 or if you want to get crazy then bet them to win the tournament. I will also give you three guys who are high odds choices who could return a lot of money if they play to their top potential this weekend.

10. Shane Lowry
9. Kevin Kisner
8. Dustin Johnson
7. Rory McIlroy
6. Viktor Hovland
5. Bryson Dechambeau
4. Justin Thomas
3. Phil Mickelson
2. Patrick Cantlay
1. Brooks Koepka

That’s my top 10, obviously if we were to get that many prominent golfers fighting for the trophy on the weekend, it would be must-see TV. Here are an additional three players with big odds that I could see making a big run and you should consider sprinkling some shells on them:

3. Harold Varner 250-1
2. Keegan Bradley 200-1
1. Ian Poulter 125-1

There you have it folks, tune into the website for the tournament and check out some of the practice rounds and then on Thursday morning it is go-time for the first major of the 2020 PGA Tour season!