The PGA Championship returns to the Atlanta Athletic Club for the first time since 2001 this week, welcoming a wide-open field. Here’s a look at some of the favorites to host the Wanamaker Trophy at the season’s final major… Vegas odds.
Lee Westwood (15/1): Outside of a disappointing showing at a wild British Open, Westwood has been in contention at every tournament he’s played since May, with top-15 finishes in his eight starts. After shooting a fourth-round 65 to finish T9 at the Bridgestone, he’s primed for a big week in Atlanta. He sat out last year’s PGA Championship, but has placed top-3 in five of his past eight majors.
Rory McIlroy (8/1): His performance at the Bridgestone Invitational (T6) was his best since dominating the U.S. Open. A year ago, he followed up a T9 at the Bridgestone with a T3 at the PGA Championship. Betting lines.
Martin Kaymer (30/1): He was on the receiving end of Dustin Johnson’s collapse at Whistling Straits a year ago, and while Kaymer hasn’t lit the world on fire since, he has been solid of late. He went top-20 in three starts, including a T12 at the British Open, before finishing 29th at the Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. At those odds, the defending champ is a nice pick.
Luke Donald (15/1): He’s bounced back nicely since a disastrous missed cut at the British, placing T17 at the Canadian Open and a runner-up at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational. With his putting, he has as good a shot as anyone.
Adam Scott (20/1): With long-time Tiger Woods caddie (and fellow Aussie) Stevie Williams by his side Scott has strung together a nice run of tournaments, culminating in last week’s domination at the Bridgestone Invitational. He finished T3 at the AT&T National to kick off July, and started strong before fading to a T25 at the British Open. He also had a huge showing at The Masters in April, with a T2.
David Toms (50/1): Toms won the PGA Championship the last time it was held at the AAC. His strong showing at the Bridgestone Invitational after a month off (T9 with four sub-70 rounds) bodes well heading into this weekend.
Dustin Johnson (20/1): Johnson will be the sentimental favorite as he tries to bounce back from last year’s controversial collapse at Whistling Straits. He put together an impressive month in Europe, including his runner-up at the British Open, before a disappointing 48th at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational.
Phil Mickelson (20/1): Mickelson’s performance since the British Open doesn’t bode well for Atlanta. He missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, then finished T48 with only one sub-70 round at the Bridgestone Invitational. He’s just 71st on the Tour in putting (.164 strokes gained) and 177th in driving accuracy (53.14%).
Tiger Woods (15/1): He had plenty of rust to shake off at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, but there was little to like about Woods’ weekend (T37 after a first-round 68). His putter has shown no signs of getting hot, and until it does, there’s no good reason to think Woods will contend. Sports scores.
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