PGA Championship Preview

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PGA Championship Preview

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PGA Championship Preview

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For the first time in 15 years Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma will play part in hosting the 2022 PGA Championship. Since the year 2000, there have been three major golf events played at this course including the US Open in 2001, won by Retief Goosen, PGA Championship in 2007, won by Tiger Woods, and the senior PGA Championship, won by Alex Cejka.

This year, the course is playing par 70 measured roughly at 7500 yards. The course will demand the short game to be on point. Two par 5’s measuring over 630 yards and three par 3’s measuring over 200 yards. The par 4’s on this course is where the championship will be won.

It is a tree-lined course with a plentiful amount of bunkers and thick rough, we will likely see high winds this weekend also which will require a strong iron game from the golfers. Speaking of strong iron play, Tiger Woods who arguably has the best iron game in the history of golf will indeed tee off this weekend to try and win his 16th Major Championship.

Last month Tiger Woods had the sports world on its toes, as he was deciding whether or not he would compete in the Masters Tournament after a brutal leg injury he suffered a year ago. After months of rehab and hard work, Tiger Woods did in fact compete at Augusta National where he went on to make the cut, which a lot of people didn’t think he could do. He ended up in 47th place with a score of +6, beating golfers like Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Louis Oosthuizen.

The fact that Tiger Woods was able to compete in that type of setting, and walk that course up and down for four straight days, says a lot coming into this weekend. Tiger was asked in a press conference if he thinks he has a shot at winning this weekend, “I feel like I can yeah, definitely. I just have to go out there and do it, do my work. It starts on Thursday and I will be ready” Woods said.

One thing is for sure Tiger Woods is no stranger to success in this tournament. He is a four-time PGA Championship winner including a win at Southern Hills in 2007. Before that win in 2007, Tiger Woods had won 12 major championships. He has only won two after that, the 2008 US Open and the 2019 Masters. The 46 year old will be teeing off at 9:11a.m. ET in a star studded group with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Rory McIlory, like Tiger Woods has also found success at this event multiple times. He won the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014 and hasn’t won a major since. McIlroy is definitely playing pretty well this season, he’s only played in six events and he has four top 20 finishes, three top tens, and back to back top fives at the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship. There’s no doubt McIlroy would love to add that third PGA Championship to his resume. The third member of the group Jordan Spieth is another golfer who has been playing well as of late.

He got his 13th tour title in a playoff at the RBC Heritage in April and he finished second a shot back from K.H. Lee at the Byron Nelson just last week. If Spieth wins this weekend he will join only five other golfers in completing the career grand slam.

Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won all four major championships. Spieth was asked about this during a press conference earlier this week, “It’s an elephant in the room for me. It’s a goal of mine. If you just told me I was going to win one tournament the rest of my life, I’d say I want to win this one, given where things are at. Long term it would be really cool to say that you captured the four biggest golf tournaments in the world that are played in different parts of the world and different styles too. So you feel like you kind of accomplished golf when you win a career Grand Slam I guess.” Spieth said.

This isn’t the only star-studded group that will be competing this weekend, number one ranked golfer in the world, Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler will be teeing off at 2:36 p.m. ET on Thursday alongside number two ranked golfer Jon Rahm, and number three ranked golfer Collin Morikawa. Just before them Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, and Justin Thomas will be teeing off and many others. As it stands here are the current big-name golfers’ odds to win this weekend.

  • Scottie Scheffler (+1100)

  • Jon Rahm (+1400)

  • Justin Thomas (+1600)

  • Rory McIlroy (+1600)

  • Jordan Spieth (+1800)

  • Collin Morikawa (+2000)

  • Patrick Cantlay (+2000)

  • Cameron Smith (+2200)

  • Hideki Matsuyama (+2200)

  • Xander Shauffele (+2500)

  • Tiger Woods (+7000)

For my full PGA Championship betting card make sure you check out the TWSN betting patreon. During the Masters tournament I hit Cam Smith top 5 (+225), Justin Thomas top 10 (+120), and Cam Smith top 10 (+160). My bets will be up Thursday morning so don’t miss out!

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