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2021 PGA Tour Picks – PGA Championship Matchup Odds

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
May/18/2021

The PGA Tour heads to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina for the 103rd playing of the PGA Championship. The second major of the year brings out the best of the best with a full field of over 150 golfers teeing it up this week on the behemoth Ocean Course. When the tournament was last played here in 2012, Rory McIlroy set a record with an 8-shot victory, the second of his four major championships. McIlroy and Jon Rahm are co-favorites on the betting line with both players featured prominently in tournament matchups. For a complete list of updated odds, matchups and props, visit BookMaker.eu when you’re ready to place a wager.

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2021 PGA Championship
Dates: Thursday, May 20 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC
Opening PGA Tour Odds: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm +1085
PGA Championship TV Coverage: ESPN+, ESPN, CBS

Matchup betting is another way to add a layer of excitement to your betting dollar. And shops pull out all the stops when it comes to wagering on majors. Think of them as the Super Bowl of betting in the golf world. Not only are tournament and round matchups available, you can also throw down on an outright winner and choose from hundreds of props. And we’re going to take a closer look at a few bargain matchups that can help you win some coin.

Dustin Johnson +123 over Jon Rahm

It’s been a struggle for Johnson of late, but compared to where he was a few months ago anything would be considered a failure. You won’t find DJ available at this price very often and with this tournament being in his backyard I have to throw down on him to win this matchup. He was so good for an extended period that some regression was expected, heck it happens to everyone. But I do expect DJ to make a quick turnaround with a few weeks off doing him well physically and mentally.

Meanwhile, Rahm has been playing with this his third start in as many weeks. Most players like to take a week off right before a major to rest up, so fatigue factor will play a role. And besides, it’s not like Rahm has been smacking the cover off the ball. Well, actually he has since he ranks in the top-20 in driving distance. That won’t be an advantage, though, since both players can go long. And that’s something that will help on a course that stretches to nearly 7,900 yards. While DJ was getting his head straight, Rahm was being a dad for the first time. Maybe that’s why he’s been playing as much as he has.

Jordan Spieth +116 over Justin Thomas

It’s safe to say the slump is over. Heck, a bout with COVID couldn’t even derail Spieth, who continued his heater with another top-10 finish last week. Needing to win the PGA Championship to complete the career Grand Slam could be a blessing or a curse for Spieth. Considering the roll he’s on I’m betting on it being a blessing. Loaded with confidence after breaking a four-year title drought by taking the Texas Open hardware last month, Spieth has collected seven top-15s in his last eight stroke play events. He also made a run at the Masters before settling for a podium finish.

This pick is more about Spieth being on a roll than anything. Thomas is a fierce competitor and I normally wouldn’t go against him. But he’s sputtered since his win at THE PLAYERS with three finishes outside the top-20 in four starts. Getting the Tour’s hottest golfer at plus odds is a no-brainer and I’m taking it.

Tony Finau -121 over Scottie Scheffler

When it comes to majors Finau always seems to be in the hunt. He’s never won on golf’s biggest stage and that’s what will keep him motivated this week. He’s been a little shaky coming in, which is unlike him, but his history in major championships can’t be overlooked. And that’s reason to back him despite his price. He has a pair of top-10s already this season with a T8 in the U.S. Open and a T4 in the last PGA Championship giving him seven top-10 showings in his last 11 majors. And his game looks to be a good fit on the Ocean Course with booming drives and accurate approach.

Finau is another of the game’s biggest names without a major championship. He missed the cut last time out at the Wells Fargo Championship where his putter deserted him. Still, he’s better than average with the flat stick and the rest of his game is magnificent. Scheffler is a superb golfer in his own right, but he doesn’t have the all-around game, which is why I’m backing Finau in this matchup.

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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