PGA Championship Golf Matchups

PGA Championship Golf Matchups

The major championships bring out the best players in the world and a plethora of betting options. There’s no shortage of either for this week’s PGA Championship, the only major on the PGA Tour’s revised season schedule. A full-field of 156 golfers make their way to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco with freshly-minted OWGR No. 1 Justin Thomas the betting favorite after winning in Memphis last week. He supplanted Jon Rahm a few weeks after Rahm had taken the spot from Rory McIlroy. Brooks Koepka goes for a third straight PGA Championship victory while Tiger Woods looks for his fifth title, which would tie him for the most all-time. All of them are featured in head-to-head battles. Below is a sampling of some of the tournament matchups with a complete list available at when you’re ready to place a wager.

PGA Championship Matchup Odds at

Harold Varner III -140 vs. Doc Redman +120

Matthew Fitzpatrick -135 vs. Adam Scott +115

Brendan Steele +120 vs. Erik van Rooyen -140

Xander Schauffele -135 vs. Patrick Cantlay +115

Rory McIlroy -170 vs. Dustin Johnson +150

Patrick Cantlay -165 vs. Tiger Woods +145

Jon Rahm -115 vs. Bryson DeChambeau -105

Collin Morikawa -115 vs. Hideki Matsuyama -105

Tiger Woods +150 vs. Collin Morikawa -170

Xander Schauffele -135 vs. Webb Simpson +115

Jon Rahm -115 vs. Rory McIlroy -105

Brooks Koepka +110 vs. Jon Rahm -130

Brooks Koepka -135 vs. Dustin Johnson +115

Webb Simpson -165 vs. Tiger Woods +145

Tiger Woods +120 vs. Hideki Matsuyama -140

Tommy Fleetwood -125 vs. Adam Scott +105

Rickie Fowler -110 vs. Patrick Reed -110

Justin Rose +105 vs. Sergio Garcia -125

Phil Mickelson -125 vs. Danny Willett +105

Tyrrell Hatton -120 vs. Jordan Spieth +100

Brendon Todd +115 vs. Matt Kuchar -135

Marc Leishman -115 vs. Shane Lowry -105

Tyrrell Hatton -110 vs. Gary Woodland -110

Jason Day -115 vs. Viktor Hovland -105

Patrick Cantlay -125 vs. Collin Morikawa +105

Xander Schauffele -145 vs. Collin Morikawa +125

Viktor Hovland -105 vs. Tony Finau -115

Justin Rose +110 vs. Abraham Ancer -130

Bryson DeChambeau -155 vs. Dustin Johnson +135

Patrick Reed -105 vs. Daniel Berger -115

Patrick Cantlay -125 vs. Hideki Matsuyama +105

Rory McIlroy -125 vs. Bryson DeChambeau +105

Jon Rahm -160 vs. Dustin Johnson +140

Justin Thomas -190 vs. Dustin Johnson +165

Justin Thomas -140 vs. Bryson DeChambeau +120

Xander Schauffele -200 vs. Tiger Woods +170

Webb Simpson -115 vs. Collin Morikawa -105

Justin Thomas -145 vs. Brooks Koepka +125

Jon Rahm -165 vs. Dustin Johnson +145

Justin Thomas -125 vs. Rory McIlroy +105

Tommy Fleetwood +100 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -120

Patrick Cantlay -115 vs. Webb Simpson -105

Sungjae Im -125 vs. Shane Lowry +105

Marc Leishman +110 vs. Sungjae Im -130

Paul Casey -110 vs. Matthew Wolff -110

Gary Woodland -140 vs. Jordan Spieth +120

Paul Casey -135 vs. Henrik Stenson +115

Scottie Scheffler -150 vs. Bubba Watson +130

Phil Mickelson +115 vs. Joaquin Niemann -135

Matthew Wolff -125 vs. Henrik Stenson +105

Jason Day -115 vs. Viktor Hovland -105

Webb Simpson -125 vs. Hideki Matsuyama +105

Brooks Koepka +120 vs. Rory McIlroy -140

Brooks Koepka +110 vs. Bryson DeChambeau -130

Need to Know

Not many in the field will be familiar with the TPC Harding Park layout. It hosted WGC events in 2005 and 2015, and the Presidents Cup in 2009, so there isn’t a lot of history. It’s also the first course on the west coast to host this event since 1998. Stretched to 7,234 yards at par 70, Harding Park has narrow fairways so being accurate off the tee is essential. Spitting distance from the Pacific Ocean the layout will benefit big hitters in the heavy coastal air, as long as they stay straight. One upside is the large greens with little slope. Overall, though, it’s a tough course to go low and most players will take a conservative approach.

PGA Championship Matchup Picks

Phil Mickelson +115 vs. Joaquin Niemann

Lefty showed a spark last week and I like his chances of winning this matchup on a layout similar to one he’s had a lot of success on. You might recall Mickelson’s last victory was nearby at Pebble Beach last year when he battled the heavy air. He followed that with a solo third at Pebble Beach in February, which was his best finish of the season until last week. There are more trees lining the tight fairways at Harding Park, but Mickelson showed poise at the WGC to grab a share of second-place.

Matthew Fitzpatrick -135 vs. Adam Scott

Two strong finishes in loaded fields have Fitzpatrick ready to take on the best. Fitz took third at the Memorial scoring 5-under and followed that with a T6 at last week’s WGC. He’s one of the better putters on Tour after leading the field in strokes gained last week. I like him in this matchup since Scott hasn’t taken a competitive swing since THE PLAYERS and I don’t know where his game is going to be.

Xander Schauffele -135 vs. Patrick Cantlay

Schauffele checks all the boxes to be successful this week and I like his chances in this matchup despite the high price. He’s come close to his first victory in a major with four top-5s in 11 starts while making the cut 10 times, and he always seems to be hanging around with the big boys. Maybe he’s one of them at this point. He can solidify his spot at the table with a win, but I’ll take him in this head-to-head battle.

Tiger Woods +145 vs. Webb Simpson

Nobody knows Tiger Woods better than Tiger Woods. He had his reasons for taking time off after the shutdown and his only start since the reboot resulted in a T40 at the Memorial. Unlike a majority of players this week, Woods has some knowledge of the Harding Park layout. He won the WGC American Express Championship in 2005 and played collegiately just down the road at Stanford. It is hard to get excited about his chances, but Tiger is the most polarizing figure in the sport and will draw a crowd. Besides, it’s hard to pass on him at his current price.

Brooks Koepka +110 vs. Jon Rahm

Backing Koepka is a risky move but it looks like the right one after his strong showing last week and his history in majors. He’s played the weekend in each of his last 22 starts in a major with 12 top-10 finishes. He got greased up for this week with his best showing of the season at last week’s WGC grabbing a share of second. Rahm seemingly found his game after a slow start to the reboot, but it’s hard to back away from Koepka with his stature on the big stage.

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