The 2021 PGA Championship will take place this May 20th to 23rd at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. The course will be playing 7,876 yards and par 72. The course last held the PGA Championship 9 years ago in 2012, when Rory McIlroy won the tournament by 8 strokes.
I have 3 picks for my outright winner for the PGA Championship below. I’m looking for decently long hitters who have shown the ability to take their game to that next level and perform well at majors.
I’m using the odds from Bovada.lv for my picks.
Dustin Johnson 16/1 @ Bovada.lv
DJ hasn’t had a great year in 2021, but he is still arguably the most talented golfer on Tour and he has the ability to go off for a huge week at any moment. DJ showed glimpses of his A-game at the RBC Heritage and Valspar Championship in April, and I think he has the right game to perform at the Ocean Course.
If you see DJ at longer than 15-1 in a major, I think you have to consider betting him.
Justin Rose 80/1 @ Bovada.lv
Rose continues to be overlooked even though he is almost always in the hunt in majors. He was in contention at the Masters last month before finishing 7th and he has five top 10 finishes at majors in the past four years. Rose has the game to compete on this course, as is evidenced by his T3 finish at the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course.
If Rose can get the putter rolling he is a threat to win the tournament. At 80-1 I think he has great value.
Bubba Watson 100/1 @ Bovada.lv
I’m a Bubba guy, so if I see him at 100-1, I’m going to take a shot on him. He has the type of game that can win golf tournaments, as evidenced by his 12 PGA Tour wins. He’s been playing decent golf this year, but if a course fits his eye he has the ability to go low.
Bubba finished T11 at the 2012 PGA Championship on the Ocean Course, including shooting a 68 on the final round. This tells me he has the ability to go low on this course.
He’s playing solid golf, finishing in the top 20 in his last two tournaments. I’m willing to roll the dice on Bubba at this price.
The PGA Championship is often looked at as the weakest of the four majors, but this week the beauty of the course is going to make for some very watchable television. I’m excited and hopefully one of these guys gets the W for a big cash. Good luck guys.