2019 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods’ Odds Worsen, Dustin Johnson Makes a Run

  • Tiger Woods had a disappointing first round is now at +4000
  • Rickie Fowler had a great first round and is now at +600
  • Pre-tournament favorite Dustin Johnson still leads on the odds sheet

The 100th PGA Championship is underway at Bellerive Country Club, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most controversial tournaments of the year. Everything you need to know about the odds, the players, and the course is below.

2018 PGA Championship Odds

Odds from Bovada, as of 8/8/2018. This is the top nine, plus Tiger Woods.

Player Odds
Dustin Johnson +200
Rickie Fowler +600
Jason Day +1000
Justin Rose +1600
Justin Thomas +2200
Rory McIlroy +2200
Kyle Stanley +2500
Tommy Fleetwood +2500
Jon Rahm +2800
Tiger Woods +4000

Rickie Fowler’s -5 First Round

Rickie Fowler made six birdies at Bellerive, and was clearly cruising:

His opening round 65 is his third lowest score in a major championship, and exactly what he’ll need to earn his first major. He’ll also need to keep getting after the pin on the weekend, just like he did here:

Dustin Johnson on the Move

Dustin Johnson is currently putting well, which should terrify you:

The world #1 is currently at -5, which is tied with Rickie Fowler. Anyone who bet on DJ at +800 before the tournament started is feeling pretty good: Bovada now has him at +250. Should he pick up another shot before the end of this round (it certainly seems likely), he’ll become the outright leader and move to some silly number on the odds sheet. Here’s the putt that got DJ to -4:

Tiger Woods Falling

Tiger Woods put up at first round 72, which isn’t going to be enough if the course keeps playing this way. Guys are going to post low numbers, and ending day one at +1 isn’t going to cut it. While this is encouraging, finishing at +1 just isn’t enough:

Tiger’s now at +4000, which honestly isn’t long enough. Sportsbooks still have a huge amount of money riding on Tiger Woods, so he can’t drop that low, but he should be lower than +4000.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.