PGA Tour Odds: Early Look at 2018 Major Championships

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Matthew Jordan

Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:15 AM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:15 AM GMT

The golf world saw three first-time major winners in 2017. With the New Year upon us, let’s take an early glance at the 2018 majors.

The 2017-18 PGA Tour season actually began last October, but to many golf fans and bettors it doesn’t really start until the Masters in April. The azaleas at Augusta National signify that spring is here and that those golf nuts living in cold-weather states can start making plans to actually go play.

Here’s an early look at the four majors and their dates/locations in 2018 with Bovada golf odds.

The Masters, April 5-8, Augusta National

Of course, the Masters is the only major that stays at one course. The defending champion is Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who got that “best player to never win a major” monkey off his back by beating England’s Justin Rose on the first sudden-death playoff hole. The two had finished 72 holes at 9-under 279.

Sergio became the third Spanish player to win the Masters, after Seve Ballesteros (Garcia’s late mentor) and José María Olazábal. It was Garcia’s 74th all-time major tournament, and he should have won on the 72nd hole but missed a 5-footer for birdie. Garcia would birdie the 18th in the playoff, however, while Rose bogeyed. The last repeat Masters champion was Tiger Woods in 2002.

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United States Open, June 14-17, Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., has hosted four U.S. Opens, most recently in 2004 when Retief Goosen won at 4-under 276. Phil Mickelson, as is often the case in the only major he hasn’t won, was second at 2-under. No other players were under par – Shinnecock is a tough track. On that Sunday, the conditions were incredibly tough with the average final-round score at 78.7 and no golfer finishing the round under par. Goosen and Lefty both shot 71s.

The defending U.S. Open champion is American Brooks Koepka, who won his first major by shooting 16-under 272 in the Open’s first-ever trip to Erin Hills in Wisconsin. That was a links course that didn’t put up much fight because the weather conditions were good all weekend. No chance anyone comes close to 16 under at Shinnecock.

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British Open, July 19-22, Carnoustie Golf Club

It’s the first time the Open Championship returns to Carnoustie in Scotland since 2007. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won that year at 7-under 277. But Carnoustie is infamous for the 1999 Open Championship when Frenchman Jean van de Velde had perhaps the greatest collapse in golf history. All he had to do was double-bogey the 72nd hole and van de Velde wins the Claret Jug – his name already had been engraved on it. Alas, he tripled the hole and would lose in in a playoff to Paul Lawrie, who was 10 shots behind beginning the final round. Justin Leonard also was in the playoff. All three golfers finished 72 holes at 6-over 290 as conditions were brutal all weekend.

The defending champion is American Jordan Spieth, who won at 12-under 268 at Royal Birkdale. Spieth played one of the most unforgettable holes in golf history at 13 on Sunday when it looked as if he was imploding. Yet he recovered and played his final five holes in 5 under to beat Matt Kuchar by three. That victory put Spieth one leg shy of the career Grand Slam.

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PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, Bellerive Country Club

Bellerive in St. Louis is likely unfamiliar to younger golfers as it hasn’t hosted a major since Nick Price won the 1992 PGA Championship there at 6-under 278. That was the first of three majors Price would win in his stellar career. Bellerive also hosted the 1965 U.S. Open, won by Gary Player over Kel Nagle in a playoff. This will be the 100th PGA Championship.

The 2017 PGA Championship winner was Justin Thomas with an 8-under 276 score at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. That was Thomas’ first major title, and of course he would go on to take the FedEx Cup and be named PGA Tour Player of the Year.

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