2023 PGA Championship Golf Predictions with Odds and Expert Picks
It is major time! Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, will host the second major of 2023. The last time we saw Oak Hill host a major championship, Jason Dufner emerged victorious at the 2013 PGA Championship. Since then, Oak Hill has undergone a complete renovation in 2020 that will test all phases of competitors' skill set. Jon Rahm, the No. 1 ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, claimed the first major of the year at the Masters. He is currently the second betting favorite behind Scottie Scheffler. The two players have combined to win six events on the PGA Tour this season. The field is littered with superstars from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf League. We will take a look below at who could win the second major of 2023 on Sunday.
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Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 and ties with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks.
Scottie Scheffler +700 – Jon Rahm +750 – Xander Schauffele +1600 – Rory Mcllroy +1600
Patrick Cantlay +1800 – Brooks Koepka +2000 – Tony Finau +2200 – Jason Day +2800
Matthew Fitzpatrick +3000 – Justin Thomas +3000 – Dustin Johnson +3000 – Collin Morikawa +3000
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
The East Course at Oak Hill Country Club is a par-70 measuring 7,394 yards with Bentgrass greens. The areas around the greens have also been shaved down to make missing the greens quite penal and allows for more short game creativity (hello, Jordan Spieth). Water will be in play for six of the 18 holes along with 78 total bunkers throughout the course. Driving distance and accuracy are the most important aspects at Oak Hill. They have removed a lot of trees off the course. However, some of the fairways are only 25 yards wide. The heavy, thick rough will test every golfer’s second shot to the green. There is no question, this week will be very tough on competitors. The best score that has ever been posted at Oak Hill for a major is -10, which occurred in 2013.
Brooks Koepka +2000
Brooks Koepka loves the PGA Championship. LOVES. Since 2015, Koepka has been the best player in the world in this specific major. In the past eight editions of the tournament, he has only finished outside of the top 13 twice. Over that span, he has registered two wins and three additional top-five finishes. His form is top notch right now, earning three top-five finishes in his past four LIV starts, plus his T-2 at the Masters. The guy loves majors, and look for him to be a factor come Sunday.
Tony Finau +2200
Finau’s power off the tee will be an attribute that separates him from the rest of the field this week. He has been an elite iron player, ranking fifth in SG/approach over the past 36 rounds. He then possesses an above average short game which that make him dangerous at Oak Hills. He has won four PGA events since last July and is seeking his first career major.
Dustin Johnson +3000
DJ’s performances have been questionable in 2023, but he showed his game has found form last week by winning at LIV Tulsa. He sounded very confident in his post-round interview and carries some momentum heading into the PGA Championship. He is also no slouch when it comes to performing well in the Northeast. He ranks first in strokes gained in his last 36 rounds in the Northeast in either major championships or the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He has tallied victories at TPC Boston, Glen Oaks Country Club, Plainfield Country Club, and The International. He has also been great at major championships in New York. He was second at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, third at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills and sixth at the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. DJ is one of my favorite plays this week.
Sungjae Im +3500
Im enters Oak Hill on a streak of seven straight top-25 finishes, including four top 10s. He has played the best golf of his career in 2023 and ranks ninth in strokes gained/off-the-tee over the past 36 rounds. His combo of driving, approach shots and putting has been so well-rounded it should translate into success at any venue, including Oak Hill.
Jordan Spieth +4500
Spieth can complete the career grand slam by winning the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill on Sunday. He withdrew last week because of a wrist injury, but reports have said he looked great practicing on Tuesday. Spieth has won 13 times on the PGA Tour in his career, most recently at the RBC Heritage in 2022. He has finished inside the top 10 five times this season, including his T4 at the Masters last month. Grab the value at +4500.
Adam Scott +8000
Scott has six top-10 finishes in 22 PGA Championship events that he has competed in. He tied for fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship and played well at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Scott also registered a top-5 finish the last time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hills in 2013. He is heating up and could be in contention this weekend.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week:
I would lay money on all six of these guys (Koepka, Finau, DJ, Im, Spieth, Scott) to win, top 5 and top 10 plays.