PGA Championship: Popular Golfers, Past Winners & Betting Data

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There are two clear favorites to win the PGA Championship. Scottie Scheffler leads the way at odds of +450, followed by Rory McIlroy at +750.

None of the other golfers in the field have odds to win of less than +1000. Beyond the favorites, there are over 150 other golfers set to tee off.

Are there any other realistic contenders or potential sleepers to consider based on the latest PGA Championship odds? Check below for info on which golfers have been popular picks at sportsbooks so far.

Most popular golfers headed into the PGA Championship 

Below are the key numbers from BetMGM earlier this week:

Scottie Scheffler

The world ranked No. 1 golfer has the highest handle percentage at BetMGM at 29.4%, making him the largest liability heading into the tournament. Part of the reason Scheffler is so comfortably atop the pre-tournament odds board is the prolific run that he has been on.

He has won four events in 2024, including back-to-back victories at the Masters and RBC Heritage last month. In the six other events he has participated in, his lowest finish was a tie for 17th at the American Express

Brooks Koepka

The LIV favorite has a handle percentage of 14.5% to win the PGA Championship. He is the second-largest liability to win the tournament, which could result from several factors. Most notably, Koepka has won three previous PGA Championships (2018, 2019, and 2023) and has name recognition that comes with his five career major wins. He is not only a large liability to win the tournament, but he is also a popular pick to finish in the top 10 and be the top LIV golfer.

Rory McIlroy

Even with all the drama surrounding the world No. 2, McIlroy is still the third-largest liability to win this weekend, at 13.3% of the handle. BetMGM also reported that he is a popular wager by handle to be the round-one leader and to finish in the top 10. Rory has won the PGA Championship twice before, and he will be looking to capture his third win.

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Previous PGA Championship winners 

Sixteen former winners of the PGA Championship will be competing in this year’s field. McIlroy won in 2012 and 2014. Interestingly, his last victory at this event happened the last time it took place at this year’s host venue, Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. 

Scheffler’s best finish in this event was a tie for second in 2023. He’s a two-time winner of the Masters (2022 and 2024), but he has yet to win another golf major. Here are the odds for the other returning champions: 

Winners of other recent majors

The four golf majors are the most prestigious tournaments of the year and are generally viewed as the most challenging to win. However, those who have found success at least once when the spotlight is shining the brightest could certainly catch lightning in a bottle again. 

Looking back over the past few seasons — and excluding Scheffler’s two recent wins at the Masters — here are the recent champions of the other three majors and their current odds to win. 

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