Wind & Great Play Make McIlroy Favorite At PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy The Favorite To Win The PGA Championship

The weather has greatly affected sportsbooks’ PGA Championship betting odds.
Rory McIlroy has taken advantage and is poised to run away at the PGA Championship.

TULSA, Okla. – Coming off a dominant first-round performance, Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win the PGA Championship.

Updated PGA Championship Odds

Rory McIlroy +300
Justin Thomas +600
Will Zalatoris +900
Cameron Smith +1000
Xander Schauffele +1200
Scottie Scheffler +1800

Wind Advantage Supports McIlroy

One of the key storylines at the PGA Championship has been the weather which has given a huge advantage to golfers that were part of groups that teed off Thursday morning and then tee off Friday afternoon. According to CBS Sports, that Thursday morning/Friday afternoon group faced winds that averaged eight mph on Thursday and may deal with winds of roughly 11 mph on Friday.

The golfers that instead had to tee off on Thursday afternoon and then Friday morning faced 13 mph winds and 18 mph winds. That advantage given to a golfer in the Thursday morning/Friday afternoon group showed up on the leader board after Round 1.

A few of the top golfers in the world that were given the weather disadvantage were able to battle through it on Thursday, but it is very clear that PGA sportsbooks believe the wind will be a factor on Friday.

Golfer
Round One Score
Thursday Tee Time
Friday Tee Time
Odds

Rory McIlroy
65
8:11 AM
1:36 PM
300

Justin Thomas
67
1:14 PM
8:49 AM
600

Will Zalatoris
66
8:00 AM
1:25 PM
900

Cameron Smith
68
8:00 AM
1:25 PM
1000

Xander Schauffele
68
7:38 AM
1:03 PM
1200

Scottie Scheffler
71
1:36 PM
9:11 AM
1800

Will Rory Three-Peat At The PGA Championship?

With the weather seemingly wiping half the slate from contention, Rory McIlroy has never been a better bet to win another Major championship.

Five under par through Round 1 was an excellent start, and legal sports betting sites have given him a great chance to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.

Even after going five under it may seem unfair to imply he left some shots out there, but he did bogey twice in his last four holes (he birdied one as well). It makes a lot of sense that Rory comes out on Friday, attacks the course, and potentially separate himself from the pack. If he does that, his 3-1 odds will surely shrink.

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Brett Crown

Brett is a passionate sports writer who majored in Sport Management at Florida State University. He combines his knowledge of stats with his understanding of game theory to find the best values when sports betting. Brett enjoys golfing, playing cornhole, and hanging out by the pool when he’s not locked in watching games.

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Author: Jeffrey Fisher