How to Bet on the PGA Championship in Canada

While sportsbooks put out a range of bets and odds for every PGA Tour event, the majors brings out all the stops. Among those majors is the PGA Championship, with the deepest field of any tournament on tour.

The PGA Championship features more players in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking than any of the other majors, which means expanded betting options to spread your action out even further.

Get prepped for betting on the next PGA Championship with the guide below, including live PGA Championship odds direct from Canadian online sportsbooks plus some key PGA betting trends from the past few years.

Latest PGA Championship odds

As soon as single-game betting is live in Canada, you’ll see PGA Championship odds here. You can click on any of the golf betting odds you find below, claim your new-player bonus and start betting on the PGA Championship right away.

How to bet on the PGA Championship

There are many ways to bet on the PGA Championship. Regardless of the tournament, the most popular golf betting option remains the outright winner bet, which requires picking the eventual winner of the tournament. The biggest reason for the popularity is that it offers the highest payouts of almost any bet out there.

After all, bettors want to win money. Picking a tournament winner before play even begins is a challenge, but those who do so can win a large return, even if the player with the lowest odds goes on to win.

Because picking a champion can be such a difficult task, bettors also commonly also bet on a player’s finishing position in the tournament. For instance, you could bet on a player to finish in the top five, 10 or 20 players.

Depending on the sportsbook, options for the top 30 and 40 may also be available for this 156-player event. The payouts decrease the further down the leaderboard you go, but these bets also provide some margin for error if a golfer plays well but doesn’t win the Wanamaker Trophy.

Finishing position bets also have a much better chance of providing a rooting interest throughout the duration of the tournament and, in the long run, they’re more likely to yield a profit compared to outright winners.

PGA Championship prop betting

There are always many different golf options for bettors to choose from when it comes to betting on PGA Tour events, but things reach a new level when majors are on the schedule. Here are some of the options you can expect to see at sportsbooks:

  • Head-to-head tournament matchups: The sportsbook pits two golfers against each other, and you select who you think will have the better overall score for the tournament.
  • Tournament groups: Sportsbooks list groups of players (usually five or six), and you can bet on who will finish the highest out of the group.
  • Head-to-head round matchups and groups: Bet on a golfer head-to-head or from among a group for one round of play. These bets are available before each round.
  • Make/miss cut: Bet on whether a player will make or miss the cut after two rounds of play.
  • Winning margin: Bet on how many strokes the eventual champion will win by. You do not have to pick a specific player.
  • Top player by nationality: Puts players from the same country into groups, and bettors select which will do the best for the tournament.
  • Top player by college: Bettors select from a group of players who all went to the same college.
  • Individual player props: These bets can be for specific rounds or the entire tournament (e.g., How many birdies will Dustin Johnson have?).
  • Leader after Round 1: A pretty self-explanatory bet that pays handsomely to anyone who can predict who will be leading after the opening round.
  • Will there be a hole-in-one?: A simple yes or no option for whether a hole-in-one will happen during the tournament.
  • Straight forecast: Correctly predict the winner and second-place finisher of the tournament. This market will have massive odds.

Some of these options will be available at any Canadian online sportsbooks or betting apps, but there are some that are exclusive to a specific sportsbook. If looking for the widest range of golf bets to choose from, DraftKings Sportsbook offers a lot of variety.

PGA Championship live betting

Golf is a sport unlike any other, so it’s hard to compare to most other leagues. But just like any other sport, there are also options for live betting on the PGA Championship as it progresses. Live golf betting in its truest form happens during the middle of the round, which is when bettors can wager on the following categories:

  • Outright winner: This bet remains available throughout the tournament, including while play is going on. The odds will update rapidly based on the action happening on the course.
  • Player individual hole scores: Some sportsbooks allow you to wager on a player’s score for a specific hole. Most times, predicting that a player will make a par is the “favourite” among the options. Going with birdie or bogey and being right can result in a better payout.
  • Head-to-head matchups by hole: Sportsbooks create daily head-to-head matchups between players in the same group. After they tee off, the pre-round odds are gone but you can still wager on how the two players will perform on a hole-by-hole basis.

The PGA Championship, like all stroke play events on the PGA Tour, takes place over the course of four rounds. Events begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday. At the end of each day, finishing position bets for the top five, 10 and 20 reappear at some sportsbooks, as do updated odds for tournament-long head-to-head matchups. Even though play is finished for the day, these are still live betting odds because the tournament is ongoing.

Whom to bet on at the PGA Championship?

With the venue changing every year, it’s tough to take a bunch of players who will fit every course and be a worthwhile bet each time the PGA Championship comes around. Still, there are certain players who have enough of a track record that we need to consider them every time this event comes up on the calendar.

Some annual contenders

  • Justin Thomas: Winner of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow and followed that up tied for sixth in 2018. Thomas is usually near the top of the odds board every year for this event and for good reason.
  • Brooks Koepka: Became the first since Tiger Woods to win back-to-back PGA Championships in 2018 (Bellerive) and 2019 (Bethpage Black). Koepka plays some of his best golf in majors.
  • Jordan Spieth: The four-time major champion hasn’t won the PGA Championship to this point, but he does have three top-20 finishes. Following a recent resurgence, it’s no surprise to see Spieth’s name among those with the lowest odds.
  • Jason Day: The Australian won this event in 2015 and has five other finishes inside the top 20, including a second-place finish in 2016 and tied for fourth in 2020.

Tiger Woods’ odds at the PGA Championship

It should come as no surprise that Tiger Woods has one of the best track records of all time at the PGA Championship. Woods is second all-time in majors with 15, and four of them have come at the PGA. His first win came in 1999 and his most recent in 2007. He trails only Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus, who each won five times.

He may not have the most PGA Championship wins, but Woods does hold some otherworldly distinctions when it comes to this major. His four wins came in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007, meaning he went back-to-back not just once, but twice. The wins in ’99 and ’06 were both at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, and Woods is the only person to win the Wanamaker Trophy twice at the same venue.

We don’t know when Tiger Woods will be back in the PGA Championship field, but, should that happen, he’s a threat to win it all. In 2020, he entered the tournament near the top of the board with betting odds of 29.00 (+2800 in American odds) before finishing tied for 37th.

PGA Championship odds boosts at Canadian sportsbooks

Online betting sites in Canada, the United States and everywhere else look to incentivize players by offering promotions. Odds boosts, which enhance potential payouts, are a common promo at online sportsbooks.

In the time leading up to the PGA Championship after the full slate of odds comes out, many sportsbooks will offer odds boosts for certain bets. They could be related to certain players making the cut, reaching a certain finishing position or winning the tourney.

PGA Championship betting trends

Unlike the Masters, which takes place at the same course every year, the PGA Championship moves around. Because each course has its own identity and thus every tournament is different, it’s hard to pinpoint which information will matter from one year to the next.

With that said, there’s enough history for us to suggest a couple of PGA Championship betting trends to keep in mind:

  • The winner comes from near the top: Nearly every PGA Championship winner over the past decade has ranked inside the top 25 leading up to the event. This is compatible with the fact that the eventual winner often comes from inside the top 20 on the odds board. Only Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jimmy Walker (2016) have won this event recently with long-shot odds.
  • Most champions have performed well before: The majority of PGA Championship winners have finished in the top 20 at the event before, and many of them in the top 10. Even though the course is always different, targeting players with a history may not be a bad idea. There is a certain amount of pressure that comes with playing in a major. If the player you’re betting on has shown an ability to handle that pressure, that can be a plus.
  • Look closely at PGA Tour winners this season: From 2011-20, nine of the 10 PGA Championship winners had won a tournament earlier in the season. While that trend is not guaranteed to continue, at least give a look to players who have already won an event when you’re checking out the odds.

When does the next PGA Championship tee off?

The location of the PGA Championship changes every year, as is the case with most of the majors. Only the Masters takes place at the same course annually. The 2021 PGA Championship took place at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina from May 20 to 23. Phil Mickelson won the tourney by two strokes for his second PGA Championship win. At 50 years and 11 months, he was also the oldest golfer to ever win the event.

In 2022, the PGA Championship will take place from May 19 to 22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

PGA Championship betting FAQ

Who has won the most PGA Championships?

Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus are tied for the most PGA Championships with five. Hagen won five times in a seven-year stretch from 1921 to 1927. Nicklaus, who holds the record for the most major championships of all time (18), won his first PGA in 1963 and his last in 1980. Tiger Woods is next on the list with four titles.

Who hit the last hole-in-one at the PGA Championship?

There have been plenty of holes-in-one at the PGA in the past, but the most recent one came in 2020. In the final round, Byeong Hun An notched his first career ace on the 11th hole at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Which Canadians have won the PGA Championship?

No Canadian player has ever won the PGA Championship. There have, however, been some strong performances by Canadians. Mike Wier is one of the greatest Canadian players the game has seen, and his best finish at the PGA was a tie for sixth in 2006.

Is the PGA Championship harder to win than other major events?

Yes and no. Compared to other major championships, the PGA has more of a track record of players coming out of nowhere to win the title. This includes Keegan Bradley in 2011 and Jimmy Walker in 2016. With that said, this field is usually the deepest of any other event, so the competition is fierce.

The PGA is probably on the same level of difficulty as The Open Championship (British Open) and the US Open, and all three of those are probably a step below the Masters. See the current odds for other golf majors here:

Can I bet on the PGA Championship Pro-Am?

Generally, pro-am odds are not available. The lines at sportsbooks will all be for the main event itself.

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