PGA Championship Odds: Rory McIlroy Enters as the Favorite to Win

This week is an exciting one in the PGA world as the 2021 PGA Championship is set to be decided. It’s one of golf’s four majors, so the stakes are higher than your average tournament on the tour. After all, the event is the only one that’s exclusive for professional players.

This year’s championship event will take place on the Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

As with any of the major PGA outings, oddsmakers have released odds on who the favorite to win will be. This year’s favorite to win the 2021 PGA Championship is Rory McIlroy at +1200 odds, according to BetOnline. If anyone has some momentum entering the tournament, it’s him. McIlroy is coming off of a Wells Fargo Championship victory on May 9 and will look to keep the ball rolling.

Another thing that McIlroy has going for him is the fact that he’s a two-time PGA Championship winner. One of his wins game in 2012, which was the last time that the event took place in Kiawah Island. If he’s victorious this week, McIlroy will join Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only other golfers to win the PGA Championship three or more times, which wouldn’t be bad company to be a part of at all.

Odds to Win 2021 PGA Championship

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, May 18

  • Rory McIlroy (+1200)
  • Jon Rahm (+1400)
  • Jordan Spieth (+1600)
  • Justin Thomas (+1600)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1800)
  • Dustin Johnson (+1800)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1800)
  • Viktor Hovland (+2200)
  • Daniel Berger (+3000)
  • Collin Morikawa (+3300)

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Can Rahm Win the PGA Championship?

Until McIlroy’s win at the Wells Fargo Championship, Jon Rahm (+1400) was favored to win the 2021 PGA Championship. The 26-year-old Spanish golfer has been riding a rollercoaster along the current PGA Tour. While he’s yet to win a tournament on the season, Rahm does have nine top-10 finishes through the 15 events that he’s competed in. However, not everything has been good.

While Rahm does have the second-best odds to win this week, he’s on somewhat of a losing skid. After finishing in 7th at the Zurich Class at the end of April, Rahm failed to make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship before finishing T-34th at last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson. He’s yet to compete at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does there, but he seems confident ahead of the tournament.

Johnson Tumbling Down PGA Championship Odds List

There was a time on the 2020-21 PGA Tour where Dustin Johnson was favored to win just about every upcoming tournament that he was competing in. However, he’s failed to reach the top-10 at any event since the Genesis Invitational back in February. In fact, Johnson’s been cut or finished in 48th place or worse in four of his last seven events.

Back in mid-April, Johnson was tied with Rahm at +1100 odds to win the 2021 PGA Championship. Now, his odds sit at +1800, which might even be generous considering how he’s been playing.

Will Morikawa Win for the Second Straight Year?

It’s incredibly hard to win any tournament twice in a row, let alone the PGA Championship. After all, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka are the only two golfers to do it in the tournament’s history. Nevertheless, Collin Morikawa has the opportunity to join history this week at +3300 odds. It’s definitely a long shot, but you can never say never in professional sports. He's already won one tournament this tour, which was the WGC-Workday Championship back in February. It would’ve been nice to see Morikawa get a little bit more momentum ahead of the PGA Championship, but sometimes experience is all you need.

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.