About the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is the last of the four golf Majors, taking place in the middle of August – four weeks after the British Open. The PGA Championship was first held in 1916 making it quite young compared to golf’s oldest Major, the British Open, which was first played in 1860.
Every year the PGA Championship is held at a different course in the US, selected from a list of popular locations.
The current winner’s prize is $1.35 million (around £880,000). They also receive the Wanamaker Trophy.
PaddyPower are a top bookmaker for PGA Championship betting. You will often find that you can get your money back if you lose your bet. They also have a great bet £10 get £20 offer.
Previous PGA Championship winners
The first winner of the PGA Championship was American Jim Barnes, although until 1958 the tournament was a match play competition. The first winner of the stroke play era was Dow Finsterwald.
In its history the PGA Championship has been dominated by American golfers more than any of the four Majors, with just twelve international winners since it began in 1916.
Along with the US Masters, the PGA Championship is Tiger Wood’s most successful tournament with 4 titles since 1999. It is still largely dominated by American golfers, but in 2008 and 2009 it was won in consecutive years by international players.
The overall most successful players in the tournament are Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus who won five titles each.
|2010||Whistling Straits||Martin Kaymer|
|2009||Hazeltine National Golf Club||Yang Yong-eun|
|2008||Oakland Hills Country Club||Pádraig Harrington|
|2007||Southern Hills Country Club||Tiger Woods|
|2006||Medinah Country Club||Tiger Woods|
|2005||Baltusrol Golf Club||Phil Mickelson|
|2004||Whistling Straits||Vijay Singh|
|2003||Oak Hill Country Club||Shaun Micheel|
|2002||Hazeltine National Golf Club||Rich Beem|
|2001||Atlanta Athletic Club||David Toms|
|2000||Valhalla Golf Club||Tiger Woods|
PGA Championship betting
As the last Major of the season the PGA Championship is nicknamed “Glory’s last shot”. PGA Championship betting is also the last chance to bet on a golf Major before the next season. No one should be discounted in this tournament. Those on a winning streak will want to complete their run, and those on a losing streak will want to salvage something from their season.
PGA Championship outright bets on golfers other than Americans will attract bigger odds because of the past results in this tournament. With 3 international winners in the last ten years, the number is growing, but this tournament is still dominated by the Americans.
So what should people wanting to take part in PGA Championship betting look out for? Well, being the last Major of the season, betting on who will make the final cut is a good choice. Some of the less famous golfers will be pushing to make some money before the season is out, so they will be trying to reach their best form.
Bet365 are one of the biggest online bookmakers. They offer a big match bet of up to £200 for some great PGA Championship bets.
If you want to bet on score related to par, then low scores seem to be quite common in the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods has twice finished on -18 during his four titles. Other golfers have recorded high finishes as well, with David Toms on -15 in 2001 and Rich Beem on -10 in 2002.
As long as he is in the game, Tiger Woods will be favourite for most tournaments unless there are some crippling factors that mean the bookmakers don’t rate him. There are always lots of long odds available on golfers when looking for PGA Championship betting options because it is so hard to predict who will win. If you study the form stats you may be able to pick a winner, or at least be able to make a good each way bet. As ever, golf seems to throw up shock wins. This was especially true in 2009 when Yang Yong-eun beat Tiger Woods to the title by 3 strokes.
PGA Championship betting is also great live. In-play betting is getting more popular year by year, and betting while the golfers play opens up new avenues to win money.