The best golfers in the world gather for the last major of the season – 2014 PGA Championship – held in Kentucky.
The PGA Championship, held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky until August 10th, is the final major tournament of the year. Naturally, all the best golfers have made their way to the course in order to try and grab the last major title of the season, giving punters plenty of opportunities to bet under American gambling laws.
Tiger Woods’ participation is still in doubt, even after he asked the organizers for an extension to the registration deadline. Woods has until tomorrow’s tee-time to decide if he will be playing or not. Tiger has pulled out of Sunday’s final round at Akron with a back complaint. His participation will certainly provide a boost to betting at online sportsbooks in the United States.
While Woods is not sure to appear at Valhalla, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose are certain to be there. These two are currently the hot favorites with those who bet on sports in the United States to take the last major of the season.
All of these pros have revealed great form recently, and it’s no surprise that both punters and bookies are favoring the pair to succeed at Valhalla. Bet365 favors McIlroy with 6.00 odds to win, while Scott is second at 12.00 odds, and both Garcia and Rose got 19.00 odds each to win the PGA 2014.
Others in the running
2-14 PGA Championship draws a lot of attention from fans and bets from punters
• The last major of the season is held at Valhalla in Kentucky
• Online sportsbooks in the USA provide lots of ways to bet on the championship
• Tiger Woods’ participation is still uncertain
Forgetting about the favorites for a moment, let’s take a look at who else is there in Kentucky trying to steal the thunder from the top 4. Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, and Ian Poulter have all failed to win in America this year, and thus it’s smart to avoid betting on them, although there wins will bring huge payouts. Westwood leads the pack with 67.00 odds, while Donald is next at 91.00, and Poulter is the last of the trio priced at 126.00.
Graeme McDowell is not bad, but he is one of the shortest drivers in the game, but he’s still extremely accurate, that’s why his 36.00 odds to win the PGA seem like an interesting bet to make. The 2010 US Open winner produced good results at the PGA placing 12th and 11th during the last two years, and 10th in 2009.
Jamie Donaldson has entered the big leagues only two years ago, but manage to stay there ever since. His best major performance was recorded at the 2012 PGA, when he placed 7th. This year in America he was generally pleased with his results with his best finish was a runner-up place at the WGC Cadillac. The 40-year-old can surprise many by taking this year’s PGA and he’s priced at 151.00.
Shane Lowry is another name to look out for. The Irish golf pro has great power stroke, excellent accuracy, and a superb touch. He’s still young and has a whole career ahead of him, but surprising everyone at this championship will provide punters with a monster payout at 126.00.
At the same time Rickie Fowler is going strong with 23.00 odds to win, Phil Mickelson got 26.00 odds same as Keegan Bradley, and Matt Kuchar is priced at 29.00 the same as Henrik Stenson. Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, and Bubba Watson all got equal odds of 34.00 to win in Valhalla, and yet to be confirmed Tiger Woods is priced at 41.00 to win the tournament. Jason Dufner, last year’s champion, got only 67.00 odds to win.
Other interesting betting offers
Bet365 also provides a rewarding set of betting lines for the leader after 1st round. Rory McIlroy is leading the ranks here too with 7.50 odds, followed by Adam Scott at 17.00. Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose both got 23.00 odds to catch an early lead.
Punters are also welcome to indulge in 72 hole match betting with some great pairings. According to the bookies, McIlroy is more favored to win than Scott with 1.72 odds for Rory and 2.10 for Adam. Bet365 couldn’t pick between Justin Rose v Sergio Garcia and Keegan Bradley v Matt Kuchar, giving all four equal odds of 1.90 in match-up lines.
There’s also an opportunity to bet on how many players will end up being under par. Bet365 will pay at 3.20 if there will be 20 and Under players making a great score, 21-31 inclusive under par players will bring a 2.87 payout, and if there’s 32 and Over players – the price is 2.30.
Winning score is also an extremely popular betting market with punters around the world. For the 2014 PGA the prices are as follows: 2.20 odds are given for 271 and Under score, 272 – 274 inclusive will pay at 3.20, while a score of 275 and Over will provide a nice 3.00 payout.
Make sure to check out our extensive coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship in the days to come and grab the best possible odds to make one smart bet after another.