With the 2014 PGA Championship quickly approaching, there are a few questions that golf betting enthusiast need answered prior to the year’s fourth major tournament.
First, is World No.1 Rory McIlroy truly set to replace Tiger Woods as the world’s greatest and most dominant player?
Next, who’s got the best chance of beating out McIlroy or possibly Woods, if he decides to compete?
Last but not least…who’s actually going to bring home the bacon at the 2014 PGA Championship?
Let’s examine all three of these queries in an effort to help you make the most out of your PGA Championship betting bucks
McIlroy has found himself in the winner’s circle a whopping four times since November and became the first golfer since Woods back in 2007-08, to win a title in his first tournament after winning a major.
For his part however, McIlroy said he isn’t fazed by the massive amount of publicity surrounding him these days.
"Sometimes I feel that people are too quick to jump to conclusions and jump on the bandwagon and jump on certain things," McIlroy told reporter this week. "I’ve had a great run of golf, and I’ve played well over the past few months.
"I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of become one of the dominant players in the game. I felt like I had the ability to do that, and it’s just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is near the top of the world rankings and competing in majors and winning golf tournaments.
As far as Woods is concerned, he may not even play in the PGA Championship as he continues his return from back surgery. Woods arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday to find out if he was fit enough to compete in the 2014 PGA Championship affair.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 2014
Woods, a four-time PGA Championship winner has already been force to sit out of the Masters and U.S. Open this year.
Having said that, even if he does participate, I don’t like Woods to bring home the bacon, mostly because he’s been so injured this season. Here is a look at the odds for the top contenders to win the PGA Championship.
2014 PGA Championship Odds
- Rory McIlroy +400
- Adam Scott +950
- Sergio Garcia +1500
- Justin Rose +1400
- Rickie Fowler +1800
- Keegan Bradley +2500
- Phil Mickelson +2000
- Matt Kuchar +2500
- Henrik Stenson +2500
- Jim Furyk +300
- Tiger Woods +3500
- Jordan Speith +3500
Analysis: I picked Adam Scott to win the British Open last month and although he feel a bit short, he’s definitely got a shot to win his first PGA Championship title.
Both Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia have been playing excellent golf as of late, but Garcia is still one of the bigger ‘choke artists’ around if you ask me while McIlroy has truly earned his status as this event’s favorite.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 2014
Another guy I really like these days is 21-year-old ‘young gun’ Jordan Speith, the 2013 PGA Tour rookie of the Year. In just his second year on tour, Speith recorded a second place finish at the 2014 Masters, which indicates that he can play with anyone in the world on any given day.
My Pick: I’m going with Rickie Fowler to bring home the bacon over both, McIlroy and Woods and nab his first career major title.
Fowler finished a fantastic fifth at the Masters and followed that impressive performance up with two second place finishes at the U.S. and British Opens. If Fowler were a stock, he’d be selling extremely high right now with his worth going through the roof this year.
Projected order of Finish: Rickie Fowler, Jordan Speith, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley