PGA Championship Gambling Preview: The best value bets in Thursday's field


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Well, round one of the 2022 majors golf season is complete with the hottest golfer on the planet, Scottie Scheffler, taking home the Green Jacket at The Masters.


The good news: If you read our Masters gambling preview here at AaronTorresOnline, we had Scheffler as one of a small group tabbed that could win at Augusta.


In our three-article Masters preview, we also correctly picked Cam Smith and Corey Connors as top 10 predictions as well as Will Zalatoris as one of our three top-20 finishers. The head-to-head picks only went 2-3 but that would have been a winning record without a crazy-low 64 from Rory McIlroy on Saturday.


This week, we move on to round two of our four-legged major golf predictions. Below we have reasons why one of these five golfers will be hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday night.


Articles on Top 10 and Top 20 selections and your best head-to-head matchups will run on Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s first round at typically sultry Southern Hills Golf Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oh by the way, Southern Hills will play over 7,500 yards with a pair of par-5s totalling over 600 yards each.


As always, odds are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook:


Scottie Scheffler (+1200)


The odds aren’t great for the co-favorite but to pick five players to win the PGA Championship and not include Scheffler, well, that would be borderline malpractice. It’s his favorite course, he’s won four times already this year, with one of them being the Masters. His confidence is at an all-time high. He’s 25th in overall driving and fifth in Strokes Gained (SG): Total. He’s on a heater and this is not a week we expect him to cool down.


Jon Rahm (+1200)


It’s boring to go chalk, I know, but Rahm is third in driving distance, first in GIR (green in regulation) and leads the tour in SG/off the tee and SG/off the tee. This all adds up to being in contention on Sunday.


Patrick Cantlay (+2200)


Cantlay isn’t as well known as the others on this list, but his game does his talking for him. Cantlay LOVES bentgrass greens, which Southern Hills has. In SG/total on bent greens, he’s ranked first, while in SG/around green and SG/putting, he falls to second. Cantlay also thrives in windy conditions, which happen more often than not at Southern Hills. He ranked 11th in SG/windy conditions in the last 24 rounds that fit that category.


Will Zalatoris (+3500)


Zalatoris has finished in the top 10 four times in the last seven majors. That means, Zalatoris is knocking on the door. He was 8th at last year’s PGA. He bettered that by two places at the Masters in April. He hasn’t won on tour yet. Can he win his first tournament in a major? He might just do that this week.


Max Homa (+5000)


Homa is great at two things, golf and witty Twitter banter. He has won three times in the last 15 months, including just two weeks ago, which is a great confidence boost heading into a major. He ranks in the Top 30 in SG/ off the tee, approach, and putting. That equates to a well-rounded game that can succeed at Southern Hills.


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