Golf’s final major of the season tees off on Thursday when The PGA Championship returns to the Atlanta Athletic Club. As the sport’s best battle for the Wanamaker Trophy, here’s a look at some of the top prop bets available… Odds.
Jason Day finishing position: UNDER 28.5 (20/23, -115)
Day has gone top-10 in three of the past four majors, with the exception being this year’s fluky British Open. He’s been in the hunt in some of the biggest tournaments this year: T2 at the Masters, a second at the U.S. Open, a T6 at The PLAYERS and a T4 last week at Bridgestone.
Winning score UNDER 271.5 (20/23, -115)
The last time the Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the PGA Championship, David Toms shot a 15-under 265, an all-time tournament record. Since then, designer Rees Jones lengthened the par-70 course, made the rough more punishing and the greens tougher to stick. Length will be a key, and considering the power that everyone on the tour now plays with, someone will break 9-under this weekend. Scores.
Lee Westwood finishing position: UNDER 15.5 (20/23, -115): Westwood is actually our pick to win this tournament. If you exclude this year’s fluke-riddled British Open, Westwood has finished top-15 in eight straight starts. And he doesn’t wilt on the biggest stages: He’s finished top-3 in five of his past eight majors.
Tiger Woods finishing position: UNDER 33.5 (20/23, -115)
We wouldn’t pass on a Tiger prop bet when he’ll be covered ad nauseum no matter where he is on the leaderboard. While he was all over the place last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, his length off the tee is still there (316.0 yards per drive last week), and that will serve him very well in Atlanta. Factor in his historical success in Georgia at the Masters, and a top-25 finish seems very likely.
Rickie Fowler finishing position: OVER 28.5 (20/23, -115)
He’s never finished higher than 38th at any of his five starts in the U.S. majors, and his tendency to fade late (60th on the Tour in Round 3 scoring average, 109th in final-round play) doesn’t bode well in the 90-degree heat of Atlanta. Even if Fowler is hanging around after Friday, expect him to drop down the leaderboard. Las Vegas odds.
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