PGA Championship 2022 Preview, Predictions, Odds & Betting Picks: Spieth Returning To Form

Jordan SpiethThe second Major golf tournament of the year rolls in this week with the 2022 edition of the PGA Championship. The big news in the lead up to the event saw confirmation that defending champion Phil Mickelson would not be in attendance.

Without wanting to get involved in the politics surrounding the PGA Tour at the moment, it’s a great shame that Lefty won’t be teeing up. However, there is an exceptionally strong field in position for this year’s tournament which takes place at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The best golfers in the world are at the top of the betting lines so let’s get on and see what the American-friendly online sportsbooks make of it all. Hopefully this PGA preview, with predictions, can land a few picks.

The new world number one and the man who he displaced at the top of the rankings leads the way this week. Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm start as joint-favorites with both men on offer at 12/1. Scheffler has been the standout golfer in the world this season. His best finish in the PGA Championship is a tie for fourth place in 2020 and he’s improved significantly since then.

Like Scheffler, Jon Rahm has one Major win to his name after claiming the US Open title last year. He may have lost his number one ranking but the Spaniard is in good touch and has strong, relevant stats as he leads the Tour in Greens in Regulation and Strokes Gained; Tee to Green.

Just behind the two favorites are Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa who can both be found at 14/1 in places. Morikawa is the reigning Open Champion and he won his first Major with the PGA Championship title in 2020. Rory is a two-time winner of this event with victories coming in 2012 and 2014. McIlroy is peaking nicely following a solo second at the Masters while Morikawa’s form has dipped somewhat since the start of the year.

Then Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth slot in at 16/1. Both men remained in contention at the Byron Nelson last week although Thomas faded badly at the death. Spieth is attracting a lot of attention after an overdue return to form. The course can suit his play and he comes into Thursday on the back of a win and a second place.

Slightly further back, Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Smith can both be found at 18/1 in places. Smith was the early pace setter in the Masters but has largely rested since his tie for third at Augusta. Cantlay won the team event that is the Zurich Classic and is another man who has the game to suit this course.

Moving through, Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama can all be claimed at 25/1. As we all know, Matsuyama is the 2021 US Masters Champion, but he has also won twice this season and may be going under the radar to an extent. Hovland started the season as the standout golfer and, while form has dipped a little, he could also be a threat this week. Other names to mention within this section of the betting market include Shane Lowry and Will Zalatoris who are both available at 28/1.

At the head of the outside bunch, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Sam Burns lead the way at 40/1. Burns was our pick for success at the Byron Nelson, but we were way off as his form deserted him. At one stage, he threatened to break through in the same way as Scottie Scheffler has but Burns is struggling right now.

Dual PGA Champion Brooks Koepka is quoted at 45/1 while Corey Conners is at 50/1. Also at 50/1 is Tiger Woods, who issued something of a warning to the rest of the field this week. He claims to be much stronger after making a promising, if tentative return to professional golf at the Masters last month. Tiger did threaten the leaderboard at the start of the tournament so he could be one to consider for the top 10 finish betting lines at the least.

Other names to consider from within this section include Jason Day at 60/1, Max Homa at 66/1, Bryson DeChambeau at 80/1, Abraham Ancer at 80/1, Gary Woodland at 100/1 and Tommy Fleetwood at 100/1.

As with any Major, there is great depth to this PGA Championship field but what will it take to win in 2022?

Our 2022 PGA Championship Preview’s Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks Verdict

The Southern Hill Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma gives us a par 70 course with some significant length at 7,364 yards. It previously hosted the tournament back in 2007 but, with the exception of eventual champion Tiger Woods, very few players will be familiar with its challenges.

Searing heat and light winds will be a feature across the four days and it could well be a test of stamina as much as anything else. The biggest obstacle is water. It is in play on 15 of the 18 holes and will ruin many a round over the course of the four days.

A good balance of accuracy and power is needed. Form is an indicator as it always should be and that is why we are siding with Jordan Spieth. He is just starting to show signs of the very best performances that saw him dominate golf around six years ago. His game is also set up for Southern Hills and he’s also available at relatively generous odds compared to how well he’s been playing. Spieth for the win, together with three other top 10 finish picks will hopefully lead to a profitable four days at the year’s second Major tournament. So these are our PGA Championship 2022 betting predictions: