PGA Championship Odds Preview: Iowa Sportsbooks Take Swing At Golf Favorites

Written By Russ Mitchell on May 19, 2021 - Last Updated on June 10, 2021
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Expect 156 players, up to 7,876 yards and countless golf betting options as the PGA Championship tees off at 6 a.m. Thursday.

The first groups will be carried on the ESPN+ streaming service. The main network picks up coverage at noon.

PGA Championship odds at Iowa sportsbooks


Betfred: Rory

At +1200, Rory McIlroy is the tournament favorite at Betfred Sportsbook in Iowa.

Bettors have drifted toward the four-time majors champion because of the length at South Carolina’s Ocean Course at Kiawah.

Jason Sylva, the program analyst at Betfred, said:

“The favorite this week is Rory, and he’s 11-to-1. We’re talking big payouts if you can catch a winner. With that said, it’s a huge field. And there’s a lot of guys playing, so it’s tough to do. But there’s been cases in recent weeks where guys that are close to 100-to-1 have cashed.”

Sylva expects windy conditions to add strokes on the course. The Ocean Course has the most seaside holes in North America.

“It’s going to be the longest course in major championship history at over 7,800 yards, so it seems to favor the longer hitters over the shorter drives from shorter hitters.”

Sylva sees an increased interest in golf among bettors:

“Betfred actually just finished up the Betfred British Masters — we’re the title sponsor for the British Masters. We even took action on that over here in the US. You see guys in betting on the European Tour. So yeah, the golf appetite is absolutely growing and we’re going to continue to add more markets and be creative there. We’ll try to offer things that others aren’t as the sport continues to grow — and as our book continues to grow.”

Sylva also recommends taking advantage of the outright market:

“The outright market is obviously fun. And with the prices, you can take a handful — two handfuls — of guys and still make money if you catch one of them. That’s a route you see a lot of guys take. They just take 10 golfers and they play them all the win. The shortest odds are 10- or 15-to-1, so if you catch one you cover all your bets, right? Then you can have a couple tickets on 60-to-1 guys, you know, 100-to-1 or whatever it may be.”

FanDuel: Jordan

Jordan Spieth (+1800) has never played the Ocean Course, but he is a top choice for FanDuel Iowa customers betting on the PGA Championship.

Kevin Hennessey, at FanDuel, gave the top three in the PGA Championship outright market:

By Bet CountBy Handle
Jordan Spieth (7%)Jordan Spieth (10%)
Victor Hovland (4%) +2200Xander Schauffele (6%) +2000
Justin Thomas (4%) +1600Justin Thomas (6%)

The top two golfers by handle to lead after Thursday’s first round are:

Jordan Spieth (7%) +2200
Rory McIlroy (6%) +2600

Roundup of PGA Tour betting promos

Betfred offers $100 Wednesday promotion

Iowa bettors can wager $100 or more on the outright winner of the PGA Championship, and get $100 promo cash. The offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

PGA Championship odds boosts at DraftKings

Iowa golf bettors should keep checking odds at DraftKings as the sportsbook is offering special boosts for the PGA Championship each day.

Here are more offers at some of Iowa’s top sportsbooks. It’s always good to check the terms and conditions:

  • William Hill is offering a $103 bet for the 103rd PGA Championship promotion.
  • FanDuel is hosting a free golf props pick ’em contest.
  • BetMGM offers top 5 player insurance.
  • PointsBet offers the insurance for the top 10.
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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