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The 2022 PGA Championship is set for Southern Hills Country Club this week, and we preview the year’s second major with a look at the odds and our top PGA Tour picks.

The PGA Championship returns to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK, for the first time since Tiger Woods’ victory in 2007. Woods is in the field for his second event of 2022 after making a miraculous return to competitive golf at the Masters. Last year’s PGA Championship winner, Phil Mickelson, was scheduled to play his first PGA Tour event since missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January but withdrew late last week.

Woods is among those in the field looking to topple world No. 1 and reigning Masters champ Scottie Scheffler for the Wanamaker Trophy.

Here’s a look at our top picks to win the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills CC.

2022 PGA Championship Info

When: Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22
Where: Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, OK
How to watch: ESPN and CBS
Defending champion: Phil Mickelson (Kiawah Island Golf Resort)

2022 PGA Championship Odds

PGA Championship Odds Analysis

The opening odds for the last five PGA Championship winners have ranged from +1400 to +15000. The low point was for Brooks Koepka's second consecutive win of the major and the high was for when Mickelson became the oldest major winner in PGA Tour history last year.

While value has risen and fallen since the 2022 PGA Championship odds were first posted, our top-rated sportsbooks are now mostly in unison. Scheffler opened at +4000, but now has odds ranging from +1100 to +1200. Cameron Smith, a two-time winner this year, opened around +5000.

Among those who've gone in the other direction is Bryson DeChambeau. The former U.S. Open champ opened at +1800 to win the 2022 PGA Championship but is now offered as high as +13000 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Southern Hills Course Profile

Par: 70
Length: 7,481 yards
Greens: Bentgrass

Southern Hills Country Club played to 7,131 yards and a par of 70 in 2007. But like most PGA Tour venues, it's since been lengthened to challenge today's longer hitters. The Perry Maxwell/Gil Hanse design is now expected to play to 7,481 yards and a par of 70.

Creeks meander throughout the course and bunkers guard the sloped greens. Southern Hills demands long carries off of most tees and when approaching the greens.

Woods recorded a two-stroke win in 2007 at -8, with only five golfers finishing under par after 72 holes.

SEE ALSO: Masters Picks 2023

PGA Championship Key Stats

  • Strokes gained: Off-the-tee
  • SG: tee-to-green
  • SG: around-the-green
  • Par 3 efficiency: 200-225 yards
  • Bogey avoidance

We're tailoring our key stats for the PGA Championship to the updated design's increased length. We'll also target bogey avoidance with scoring opportunities expected to be few and far between.

The PGA Championship has produced several longshot winners, with five winners since 2010 opening with odds of +6000 or greater to win. While some of these, like Collin Morikawa in 2020, had much lower odds by the week of the tournament, this is still the major in which to be targeting those a little further down the odds board.

2022 PGA Championship Picks

  • Patrick Cantlay (+2200 via BetMGM)
  • Shane Lowry (+3500 via BetMGM)
  • Tiger Woods (+7000 via BetMGM)
  • Cameron Young (+8000 via PointsBet)
  • Max Homa (+8000 via DraftKings)
  • Harold Varner III (+12000 via FanDuel Sportsbook)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+13000 via DraftKings)

Who Will Win the PGA Championship?

Cantlay (+2200)

Patrick Cantlay's odds to win the PGA Championship finally started to dip this week with DraftKings now offering a market-low of +1600. The reigning FedEx Cup champion bounced back from a disappointing T-39 finish at the Masters with a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage. That was his second playoff loss of the year to date with his only win coming in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event with partner Xander Schauffele.

A seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, Cantlay hasn't had much success in majors. He had back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship in 2019.

Southern Hills sets up as a quality course fit. Cantlay's 16th on Tour in bogey avoidance, and is also averaging 0.71 SG: off-the-tee and 1.52 SG: tee-to-green per round this season. His lack of major success is being held against him by most sportsbooks. Cantlay's fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) but shares just the seventh-best odds at BetMGM.

Lowry (+3500)

The winner of the 2019 Open Championship, Shane Lowry finished T-8 or better in two of the last three PGA Championships and tied for third at the 2022 Masters. He has moved from No. 44 to 27 in the OWGR this year with three top-10 finishes and no missed cuts through nine events. He hasn't missed the cut in a major since the 2019 Masters and hasn't failed to reach the weekend at the PGA Championship since 2016.

Lowry is best on Tour this season in bogey avoidance and 56th in par 3 efficiency: 200-225 yards. He's averaging 1.47 SG: tee-to-green and 0.80 SG: approach per round. He's also gaining strokes on and around the greens.

DraftKings is offering a market low of +2800.

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Woods (+7000)

Tiger's inspirational return to golf at Augusta National, one of the toughest courses in the world to walk, proved that there's still hope for his quest to match Jack Nicklaus' major wins record. Returning to the site of his fourth and most-recent PGA Championship victory is as good of a spot as any to pull within two.

Woods also tied for 12th at the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. And he has been using the free time away from tournament play to get an advanced look.

PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook are each offering odds of +6000 for Woods to win the PGA Championship.

Young (+8000)

The frontrunner for the 2021-22 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Cameron Young has climbed from No. 134 to No. 38 in the OWGR since Jan. 1. He has three top-10 finishes through 12 events this year, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

Though he's officially in the field, not all books posted odds on Young to win the PGA Championship until Monday. The +8000 found at PointsBet is now the best in the market. Young is 31st on Tour in par 3 efficiency: 200-225 yards, and he trails only Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy in true strokes gained off the tee per round this season.

Homa (+8000)

Lost in a season that has been dominated by Scheffler, Smith, and Woods, Max Homa just picked up his second win of the 2021-22 campaign at the Wells Fargo Championship. It was his third victory since February 2021. He was just 91st in the OWGR before winning the 2021 Genesis Invitational and is now No. 28.

Homa has had next to no success in majors with six missed cuts across his last eight appearances. However, he plays well in low-scoring events and just won the Wells Fargo at -8. We're certainly getting the worst of a number that opened around +12500, but it's still plenty high enough based on his new world ranking.

Varner (+12000)

Harold Varner III, ranked 37th in the world, was in contention early at the Masters before slipping to a T-23 finish. He tied for third at the RBC Heritage the next week to go with a T-6 finish at The Players Championship and a win on the Asian Tour's Saudi International.

Like Young, odds on Varner to win the PGA Championship were just made widely available on Monday. FanDuel's offering the best longshot price for what would be Varner's first PGA Tour win.

Varner's 35th on Tour in bogey avoidance and tied for 20th in par 3 efficiency: 200-225 yards. His driver has been a weakness this season, but he's 45th on Tour in strokes gained: total per round this season.

DeChambeau (+13000)

Bryson DeChambeau has slipped from No. 5 to No. 22 in the OWGR since the end of 2021. The fall has come while playing just three PGA Tour events since the end of January due to injuries. He has three missed cuts and a withdrawal from the Saudi International through six international events this year, and he failed to make it out of the group stage of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Still, this number is an autobet. DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open winner, opened around +1800 and has been ranked as high as fourth in the world after a T-38 finish at last year's PGA Championship. Injuries may be a lingering concern, but this number is far too inflated.

Recent PGA Championship Winners

(Opening odds)

  • 2021: Phil Mickelson (+15000)
  • 2020: Collin Morikawa (+6000)
  • 2019: Brooks Koepka (+1400)
  • 2018: Brooks Koepka (+2000)
  • 2017: Justin Thomas (+3000)
  • 2016: Jimmy Walker (+12500)
  • 2015: Jason Day (+1500)
  • 2014: Rory McIlroy (+700)
  • 2013: Jason Dufner (+4000)
  • 2012: Rory McIlroy (+1800)

Longshot PGA Championship Winners

  • Mickelson (+15000) 2021
  • Morikawa (+6000) 2020
  • Walker (+12500) 2016
  • Keegan Bradley (+15000) 2011
  • YE Yang (+12500) 2010

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