PGA Championship Betting Guide: Who’s Favored to Win in 2021?

Golf’s first major of 2021 wrapped up on April 11 as Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters Tournament for the first time in his career. Now, the PGA Tour will start looking towards the next major on the schedule: the 2021 PGA Championship.

The 2021 PGA Championship is set to begin on Thursday, May 20 and conclude on Sunday, May 23. It will be held at the Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Collin Morikawa won last year’s PGA Championship, defeating Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson by two strokes in the final round. However, Morikawa isn’t this year’s favorite to win.

BetOnline has listed three golfers as having the best odds to win the 2021 PGA Championship: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Each man is favored to win the tournament at +1100 odds.

Odds to Win 2021 PGA Championship

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, April 13

  • Dustin Johnson +1100
  • Jon Rahm +1100
  • Justin Thomas +1100
  • Bryson DeChambeau +1400
  • Jordan Spieth +1400
  • Xander Schauffele +1600
  • Brooks Koepka +1800
  • Rory McIlroy +2000
  • Collin Morikawa +2200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +2500
  • Patrick Cantlay +2500
  • Tony Finau +2800
  • Viktor Hovland +2800
  • Webb Simpson +2800
  • Will Zalatoris +2800

Complete odds available at

Three-Way Tie for 2021 PGA Championship Favorite

As mentioned before, there’s a three-way tie for who has the best odds to win the 2021 PGA Championship. As the top-ranked golfer in the world, it’s not surprising to see that Dustin Johnson is one of those meant to be tied for best odds. However, what’s surprising is how poor Johnson has been playing as of late. Ever since he won the 2020 Masters, he’s been on a bit of a skid and hasn’t looked the same. He was favored to win this year’s Masters but came up short when he was cut from the competition. Johnson could try to redeem himself at the PGA Championship, where he’s finished in second the last two times.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas will be coming off a 21st-place finish at the Masters. He’s won one tournament so far this season, which was the PLAYERS Championship in mid-March. Overall, Thomas is likely to win the 2021 PGA Championship because he’s already done it in the past. He won the event back in 2017 and could join the exclusive list of individuals who’ve won it multiple times.

Spain’s Jon Rahm has yet to win a tournament this season, however, he’s finished in the top-10 in his last three events. He’s also had moderate success at the PGA Championship in the past. Rahm has competed at the event four times, with his best finish coming when he came in 4th in 2018.

Can Collin Morikawa Win in Back-to-Back Years?

Collin Morikawa (+2200) has had an impressive start to his professional golf career. He’s only 24 years old, but he’s shown that he has the potential to have a successful career when all is said and done. He won the PGA Championship last year and is looking to be the first golfer to win it back-to-back since Brooks Koepka did it in 2018 and 2019.

Out of the 12 events he’s competed in throughout this PGA Tour, Morikawa has had three top-10 finishes, which is a lot better than some of his peers. He even won the World Golf Championship back in February, so he’s also shown that he can come in clutch when needed. Unfortunately, that victory was also the last time he finished above 18th, so it’ll be interesting to see if that affects how he plays at the Ocean Course in May.

PGA Championship Betting Information

If you want to participate in the fun that comes with betting on the PGA Championship, you’ll need to sign up for a sportsbook. Once that’s done, you may run into some of the following betting markets and terms:

  • Moneyline: Choosing the outright winner of a head-to-head matchup.
  • Spread: In a head-to-head matchup, a certain golfer will be favored to win by a number of strokes. You choose if they can or can’t accomplish that task.
  • Prop bets: Random, fun bets that could do with different scenarios like how many holes in one will be hit at a tournament to the nationality of the winner.
  • Futures: Choosing the winner of a tournament days, weeks or months in advance.
  • Live: The same as normal betting except it takes place while the tournament is happening.

Regardless of which market you go with, remember to research what you’re betting on before you put money down. Even experts research trends and odds so they don’t make any costly mistakes. Also, be sure to only wager what you’re willing to lose because no bet is guaranteed no matter how good the odds look.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.