Vegas Odds On 2015 PGA Championship
If past performance is any indicator, Jim Furyk (7/1 odds against) stands a good chance to win this year's PGA Championship. He finished as runner-up last year to Jason Dufner, and sits in second place once again as he enters day 3 just 1 stroke back of leader Rory McIlroy. Jason Day (6/1 to win) is also at 8 under like Furyk, and looks like a contender as well. But the biggest charger is Lefty, fan favorite Phil Mickelson. He eagled the 18th on day 2 to move to 6 under, just 3 strokes off the pace. Vegas odds on PGA Championship 2014 show Rory McIlroy as a 23/20 favorite currently, and if he is victorious it would make his third consecutive PGA Tour win. Mickelson at 14/1 is easily the best value on the board as the rain drenched Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky prepares for third round action.
About the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is one of the four annual "major" golf tournaments offered by the Professional Golfers Association of America, and is usually played in mid-August. Generally taking place four weeks after The Open Championship, or British Open, the event has earned the nickname "Glory's Last Shot," as it is the last chance for a major championship victory each year. Attracting the best players from around the world, the PGA Championship is an official money event for the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and also the PGA Tour.
As an extra incentive to win, tournament champions receive automatic invitations to the Masters, US Open and Open Championship majors for the next five years, and receive qualification exemptions for the PGA Championship tournament for life. Held annually on one of a small number of top-level courses in the United States, the winner of the PGA Championship can expect to take home more than $1 million. The tournament has been played since 1916, when Jim Barnes won $500 and a diamond studded gold medal for beating the field of professional golfers.
The PGA Championship came about to provide an avenue or outlet for rewarding the best professional golfers of the day. When the tournament began, pro golfers were not held in very high esteem, and the sport was generally dominated by amateur golfers of incredible wealth. The focus on professional play is still in evidence today, as the PGA Championship is the only one of the four majors that don't invite the leading amateurs to compete. Amateurs may still play, but pretty much have to win one of the other three major championships to do so. The PGA Championship invites the top 100 players every year, and 2012 could see one of the best fields top to bottom in recent years.
The Vegas odds on PGA championship contenders generally start to solidify after the British Open, and those players with previous major championships will usually play well. Tiger Woods always gets geared up for a major, having won 14 total major championships for second place all-time to Jack Nicklaus' 18, and has 4 PGA Championships under his belt. It has been four years since Tiger won a major championship, the U.S. Open in 2008, but he is no doubt a player to keep your eye on, as is Phil Mickelson, who won the tournament back in 2005 at the lower course of the Baltusrol Golf Club.
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