The fourth and final Major golf tournament of 2018 will tee off at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis on Thursday, with American Justin Thomas trying to become the first repeat winner of the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2007.
Thomas enters the event off an impressive win in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he is the +1400 third choice (bet $100 to win $1,400) on the 2018 PGA Championship odds to take home his second career Major title in this same event at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com
After seeing fellow American Brooks Koepka repeat as champion in the U.S. Open earlier this year, it is not out of the question for Thomas to follow suit here at Bellerive, which is hosting the PGA Championship for the first time since 1992. Koepka finished fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, and he is also among the favourites to win it at +2000 along with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.
Day won the PGA Championship three years ago at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. But neither he nor Spieth are in great current form right now like Thomas, Koepka and the two top names on the week’s golf odds – Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Since missing the cut at the British Open, Johnson has won the RBC Canadian Open and tied for third in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. McIlroy tied for sixth in the same event last week, his first tournament after tying for second at the British Open three weeks ago.
Johnson is listed as the favourite at +800 with McIlroy checking in as the +1200 second choice. Other contenders further down the odds to win the PGA Championship include Rickie Fowler (+2200), Justin Rose (+2200), Jon Rahm (+2500), Tiger Woods (+2800), Tommy Fleetwood (+2800), Francesco Molinari (+3300) and Patrick Reed (+3500).
Of that group, Reed (Masters) and Molinari (British Open) join Koepka as the other winners of this year’s Major tournaments. Meanwhile, Fowler is probably the best current golfer who has yet to earn a Major title, and Woods is a four-time winner of the PGA Championship and the last to repeat when he finished first in 2006 and 2007.