- Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm are the co-favorites to win the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
- Scheffler is th most popular bet with 11% of the tickets and 20% of the betting handle to win the tournament.
- Tiger Woods at +6600 is the biggest liability for BetMGM.
World no. 1 Scottie Scheffler and former world no. 1 Jon Rahm are the co-betting favorites to win the 2022 PGA Championship but it is Tiger Woods who is the biggest liability to win the tournament.
According to the online sportsbook BetMGM, Scheffler and Rahm are the +1200 co-favorites while Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are next at +1400. They are followed by Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth at +1800.
Scheffler is also the most popular bet with 11% of the tickets and 20% of the total betting handle to win the tournament. Spieth is the second most-bet golfer with 6% of the betting slips and 10% of the total money while Morikawa is third with 4% of the tickets and 5% of the betting handle.
Way down on the odds board is Tiger Woods at +6600 who is attracting a significant amount of bets enough to make him the biggest liability to win the tournament.
Scheffler is Betting Favorite
Scottie Scheffler is the betting favorite for the #PGAChampionship. Tiger Woods is a long shot, but his odds are better than they were to start the Masters.
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) May 17, 2022
Scheffler was a long shot at +5000 to win the 2022 PGA Championship when the betting lines opened at the best golf betting sites one year ago. However, an incredible start to 2020 has seen him rise to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings while playing some of the best golf this season. Now he’s the +1200 co-favorite to win his second major.
After spending the past two years contending on a week-to-week basis, Scheffler broke through with his first big title by winning the Phoenix Open. A few weeks later, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and then defeated Kevin Kisner in the World Golf Championships Match Play. Scheffler then justified his title as the world’s best golfer when he won the 2022 Masters in Augusta.
There’s no question that there is no hotter player on the Tour than Scheffler. The OWGR also says he is the best player in the world so it isn’t a surprise why he is the favorite to win this weekend. If Scheffler does win the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday, he will be the first golfer since Tom Watson in 1980 to win five times on the Tour before the end of May.
Tiger is Biggest Liability to Win the Tournament
“@TigerWoods (+6600) is our biggest liability to win the PGA Championship. If Tiger were to win, it would be the biggest losing result in @BetMGM history. Tiger missing the cut would be a good outcome for the sportsbook.”
– Jason Scott, VP of Trading, BetMGM
— John Ewing 🦁 (@johnewing) May 17, 2022
Tiger Woods stood at +7000 earlier in the week but after being the 7th most bet player with 3.9% of the bets and the third biggest liability to win the tournament, his odds have shortened to +6600 after attracting a significant volume of bets to make him the biggest liability for BetMGM. In fact, BetMGM says that should Tiger win, it would be the sportsbook’s biggest losing result in sportsbook history.
BetMGM also revealed that they received a $13,000 bet on Woods to miss the cut at +115. While that bet would win the bettor $14,950 and result in a payout of $27,950, BetMGM would rather have that result rather than lose six figures on Tiger lifting the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
The last time the PGA Championship was played in Southern Hills was in 2007 and the winner that year was well, Tiger Woods. A lot has changed 15 years later. Woods will only be playing in his second tournament since that near-fatal car crash in February 2021. But as always, he’s attracting enough betting action to make noise again.