The PGA Championship is headed to Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York this week for the PGA Championship. The PGA Championship was moved to May this year making it the second major of the season, instead of the where it usually is as the fourth. Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are the four favourites this week depending on where you look. Length will be a factor this week, so these long ball hitters are rightful favourites.
This weeks golf course is a long par 70 of 7,459 yards. This means there are plenty of very long par 4’s and players are going to have to hit good (and long) shots off the tee to have reasonable approaches from the fairway to get to some greens in regulation. The weather is also shaping up for the course to be wet, which will make the course play even longer. I think this will play a big factor and I’ve included it in what I’m looking for with my plays.
For my picks I will be using the best available odds from any of our recommended sportsbooks.
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Brooks Koepka 11/1 @ Bodog.eu
Koepka has proven that you cannot overlook him in majors. He’s the defending champion, while also winning the US Open the past two years. That means he’s won 3 of the past 7 major tournaments. Add in his second place finish at The Masters this year and I think it’s obvious he should be the main favorite in my eyes.
Brooks seems to still be playing with a chip on his shoulder because he feels like he hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves for winning those 3 majors. He hits it long off the tee and I think he will be able to get to these greens in regulation and have plenty of opportunities for birdies. At these odds I think he’s a great play.
Jason Day 22/1 @ Bodog.eu
Day has quietly played well lately. He finished T5 at the Masters and T8 at the Players Championship this year, which shows he’s able to find his A-game for the big tournaments.
Day has the length off the tee and if he dials in his long irons and his putting gets hot I think he has as good a chance as anyone to win this tournament.
Day is still one of the elite players in the game when he has his best stuff, so 22/1 is a bettable number.
Phil Mickelson 75/1
Mickelson at 75/1 is a great punt opportunity. Phil has won the PGA Championship in the past (2005) and has a whole slew of top 10’s. He hasn’t had his best stuff in the past few months after starting the year very well, including a win at Pebble Beach.
Mickelson has added distance to his drive this year and if he can keep it in the fairway I think he has a great chance to have some solid looks at birdie. He finished T2 at the 2009 US Open, which was played at Bethpage Black Course, so he has the ability to perform on this course.
Patrick Reed 75/1
Reed has the most recent win at Bethpage Black Course when he won the Barclays back in 2016. He shot 9 under par, which was a great result and shows he has the ability to go low on this course.
Reed hasn’t had his best stuff this year, but his low finishes have usually been the result of a blow up round. If he can prevent a blow up, I think he has the ability and experience to go low and compete for his second major championship.
How To Bet On The PGA Championship in Canada
Now that you’ve got my four picks, I’ll quickly explain how to place a bet if you’re new to sports betting online.
***Bet365.com has a great promotion for the PGA Championship where each-way bets pay out the top 8 positions rather than the usual top 5. Because of this I will be using Bet365 as sportsbook in this 3 step guide. Here’s our full Bet365 review.
***Bet365 doesn’t allow me to list their odds in my articles because they can be outdated. That said they will have similar odds to the ones listed for each of my picks above.
Step 1. Open a Bet365.com Account
First thing’s first, you’ll need to open an online betting account. Click on the above link and then select ‘Join Now’ on the Bet365 homepage to create a new account.
Bet365 is the most popular and respected sportsbook worldwide, so they’re a great option for those of you looking to open a first sports betting account.
Step 2. Deposit
Next you’ll need to bankroll your account in order to have funds with which to bet on the PGA Championship. Bet365 accepts Visa, MasterCard, Entropay, InstaDebit, iDebit and paysafecard deposits from Canadian players.
Your first deposit at Bet365 is eligible to receive a 100% matching bonus up to $200 in bet credits. After making your first deposit you will receive an offer code via email. In order to claim your bonus you must enter this offer code in the members section of your Bet365 account. Make sure you enter the code because the bonus is a great offer. You just have to jump through that one hoop to get it.
Step 3. Place Your PGA Championship Bets
At the Bet365 website you should select ‘Golf’ from the left sidebar. This will bring up all of the golf betting options avialable for the PGA Championship. Taking a quick glance at Bet365 while I’m writing this I see around 40 bets that you can make on this tournament alone! The ‘To Win Outright’ betting option is first available in the top left, but then you also have head to heads, first round betting, top 10 finish, and much more.
Check out our golf betting section for a more detailed breakdown of some of these various wagers you can make.
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