Degenerates Guide to the PGA Championship

TigerMania will run wild this weekend at the 101st edition of the PGA Championship, which will be held for the first time at Bethpage Black Golf Course in Farmingdale, New York, which makes it a little tougher to handicap. 

By Chad Cooper – Twitter @thechadcooper

Though it’s the first time the Championship will be at Bethpage, the course hosted the US Open in 2002 when Tiger Tiger Woods Y’all won it. The Open returned in 2009 and Lucas Glover was the winner. 

Who are the betting favorites?

Dustin Johnson (+1,000)

Brooks Koepka (+1,100)

Rory McIlroy (+1,100)

Tiger Woods (+1,100)

Rickie Fowler (+1,800)

Jon Rahm (+2,000)

Justin Rose (+2,000)

Jason Day (+2,200)

Francesco Molinari (+2,500)

Xander Schauffele (+2,500)

Johnson has 20 PGA Tour wins, but only 1 Major. Baffling. He has finished in the Top 10 in 5 of the last 6 tourneys played and tied with Brooks Koepka at The Masters. There is a reason why he continues to be the No. 1 ranked player in the world and I expect him to battle for the lead on Sunday. 

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Koepka was my pick in The Masters and I’m going with Brooks here in the PGA Championship. He won the Championship last year and has won 3 of 6 Majors. If his putting can improve on this course, you can turn $100 bet on Brooks into $1,000. 

McIlroy has been struggling lately, but I do think this may his type of course. Not a bad pick, but I’m passing.

Tiger freakin’ Woods. His greatness returned in The Masters and his chase for Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins is back on.

If his Royal Highness wins, he joins Nicklaus and Walter Hagen with players who have won the Championship 5 times. You would be crazy not to put a few bucks on Tiger. 

Fowler may win this tournament but it will be with someone else’s money.