While this may seem like a fool’s errand to many, there is no doubt that betting and trying to pick a winner for each of the upcoming majors is more popular than ever. Therefore, let’s take a first look at the players competing in the PGA Championship on May 16-22 at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa Oklahoma.
Surely not another leftist?
Phil ‘Lefty’ Mickelson has changed our perception of what we believe is possible at the PGA Championship. Although Mickelson will never do that again, there is no doubt that those who bet on the golf market are more open to the possibility of a long-established name succeeding again. Mickelson sits at 80/1 at the time of writing, but the Panthers may be tempted to take other long shots like Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson at 125/1 and 100/1, respectively.
When an overflowing crowd plunged into the 72nd hole of the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, rejoicing that Phil had rediscovered himself to be a major winner in the short time of his 51st birthday, it was a true denial of faith. While this makes him the oldest major champion of all time, it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many other reasons. Mickelson is constantly seen gaining the affection of golf fans and maintaining a connection with the crowd that loves to follow him. He’s just a player who inspires passion and a 2-stroke win against Brooks Koepka and Louis Ostuizen will probably still be with people when they look forward to this year’s tournament and be tempted to bet on someone who doesn’t expect to win.
In the PGA Championship, Colin Morikawa has a tendency to throw less likely winners to go to Round 1, which kept him out of the top ten, and names like Jimmy Walker (2016) and Keegan Bradley (2011) are still remembered for coming out of nowhere. Joy Another Tiger Woods win at Southern Hills Country Club probably won’t happen again, so what?
For those who are less interested in long shots, there are some incredible golfers who are more likely to get off the field successfully. John Rahm is a favorite to win this year’s PGA Championship and it’s a little surprising as the number one golfer in the world. His US Open win at the Torrey Pines and his generally stellar performance throughout 2021 made him a must-see in May. Rory McIlroy is a two-time PGA Championship winner and many are hoping he will end his main championship drought this year. Justin Thomas is steadfast with a high finish and will soon be hoping for a second big championship. Finally, Colin Marikawa is a young gunman who is already proud of two big wins and on the final day he will probably be in the debate.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the winner of this year’s much-anticipated PGA Championship. Although we have mentioned some elite golfers who are expected to win, there is a feeling that someone unexpectedly will surprise us again.