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PGA Championship Odds Day 3

pga-championship-bettingThe week before the tournament started, we published the PGA Championship Odds from Bet365 Canada. Now we have the updated odds for the top players on the leader board and we’ve included their previous odds for reference. As expected, the sports books have put a lot of confidence in Rory McIlroy winning this tournament as he sits in the lead and at odds of just more than even money to win. This is no surprise since he’s rolling in off of two victories in a row; one of them being a major and the other being a World Golf Championship. So far Rory has taken advantage of the wet conditions at Valhalla better than any other player. His high drawing ball flight is exactly what you need to get the most distance and accuracy out of a course this far underwater. Besides Rory McIlroy though, there are a few players that you should really watch out for in this tournament; especially if the rain begins to subside and the conditions at Valhalla start to play firmer and faster. Those players are Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Westwood.

Lee Westwood was in the hunt for just about every major championship during a span of five years that ended in 2013 and seeing him back on his game means trouble for Rory. He is one of the best iron players in the world and the sloping greens at Valhalla demand precise iron play, especially if they firm up. He’s sitting only four shots back after a disastrous Friday back nine that included a double and two bogeys. You can pick him up at odds of 41.00 to win right now.

Jim Furyk finished runner up in the 2013 PGA Championship and he is coming off a fourth place finish in Akron. He may be doing an excellent job of falling just short of glory these days, but he is just too good of a putter and too good of a driver of the golf ball to be ignored in a major championship. Furyk started the tournament with a birdie and racked up 26 more holes in a row without a bogey. His eight under total is only marred by two over par holes. Furyk is being offered up at odds of 9.50 to win the tournament.

Phil Mickelson is more than capable of making up the three shot deficit that he currently owes Rory McIlroy. Last year we saw Phil light up Muirfield in the final round of British Open to erase a five shot deficit and come out on top by two. His game is a little more scramble than precision though so he would also benefit from a faster golf course. He gets up and down from places that other guys simply cannot and that’s his big advantage in a major championship if the ball is bouncing around the greens towards fescue, thigh high rough, or mounds of fringe. Phil’s odds to win the 2014 PGA Championship are just about the same as they were before the tournament began. His is at 15.00 currently.

We also have some betting news of a Canadian nature.  Although Mike Weir failed to qualify for the PGA Championship this year, Canada’s newest claim to golf fame, Graham DeLaet, is doing more than holding his own right now. His odds are sitting at 51.00, but he’s only four shots back going into the third round. He’s still an outside shot, but he is perfect for a top four Each Way bet. Bet365 is giving you 1/5 odds for that additional wager right now on all players in the tournament.

Updated PGA Championship Odds from Bet365

Rory McIlroy 2.30 (was 8.00) Jason Day 7.00 (was 34.00)
Rickie Fowler 8.50 (was 26.00) Jim Furyk 9.50 (was 41.00)
Phil Mickelson 15.00 (was 17.00) Henrik Stenson 21.00 (was 23.00)
Ryan Palmer 36.00 (was N/A) Lee Westwood 41.00 (was 41.00)
Steve Stricker 51.00 (was N/A) Graeme Delaet 51.00 (was N/A)
Mikko Ilonen 51.00 (was N/A) Victor Dubuisson 51.00 (was 126.00)
Adam Scott 67.00 (was 15.00 Louis Oosthuizen 41.00 (was 67.00)


2014 PGA Championship Lead Board after Day 2

Rory McIlroy -9
Jason Day -8
Jim Furyk -8
Ryan Palmer -7
Rickie Fowler -7
Mikko Ilonen -7
Phil Mickelson -6
Bernd Wiesberger -6
Graham DeLaet -5
Steve Stricker -5
Henrik Stenson -5
Lee Westwood -5
Louis Oosthuizen -5


Tiger Woods Report - Unfortunately for all of you out there that took advantage of Tiger’s 40 to 1 odds at the start of this week’s PGA Championship, the former number one player in the world has been sent packing after he turned in a pair of 74’s that left him five shots behind the cut line.  When Tiger played his last PGA Championship at Valhalla he finished the second day at 11 under par. They played the course as a par 72 that year though, so his score from 2000 is actually identical to Rory’s leading score today. There were a few moments where the TV camera caught  him wincing in pain. Let’s hope that some time off from the PGA Tour playoffs will do both his back and his game some much needed good.

Notable Players that Missed the Cut - Tiger Woods wasn’t the only one that left Valhalla early this week. US Open Champion Martin Kaymer fell short of making the cut by just a single stroke. Jordan Spieth, who was surely a player that a lot of golf bettors chose before the tournament began, slipped up with a 77 in round two that ended his PGA Championship dreams early. And sadly we also won’t be seeing the 1991 PGA Championship winner playing on Saturday and Sunday either. John Daly birdied 18 for a 72 on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome his 76 on Thursday.

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