The 2021 PGA Championship begins on Thursday May 20 at the gorgeous Kiawah Island Ocean Course in South Carolina. The tournament will be the second major of the 2021 PGA season. The last time the PGA Championship was held at this venue was 2012 and Rory McIlory took home the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.
Who are the favorites to win this year’s PGA Championship? Let’s take a brief look at the top five favorites according to Fanduel Sportsbook (US Tour PGA Odds at FanDuel Sportsbook).
Rory McIlory +1100
McIlroy had been fighting his swing and was not at all in good form for most of the 2021 season. However, all of that misfortune changed a couple of weeks ago for McIlroy when he won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. The four-time major champion got hot with his putter in that event and hopes to do the same at Kiawah Island this week. Golf fans will be watching to see if McIlroy can stay consistent off of the tee box.
Justin Thomas +1300
‘JT’ will be one of the favorites in almost every PGA tournament he enters because he is arguably the best iron player in the world. When Thomas is really dialed in, he can post a crazy -8 or -9 in one round and run away from the rest of the field. So far, the weather reports are calling for only light winds at Kiawah Island and if that is the case, everyone better look out for Thomas.
Jon Rahm +1400
Rahm has played solid golf so far in 2021 but has not been able to find the winner’s circle. Although Rahm tied for fifth at The Masters and tied for ninth at The Players, his current form is lackluster. He tied for 34th place last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson and did not make the cut the prior week at Wells Fargo. Rahm is one of the best players in the world, but it is a bit head scratching that he is favored this heavily by the oddsmakers.
Jordan Spieth +1400
After a painfully long drought, it appears that Jordan Spieth is officially back! The Texas native exorcised his demons by capturing the Valero Texas Open title back in April. Though it seems like he has been around forever, Spieth is still only 27 years old. A win for Spieth here at the PGA Championship would give him the career ‘grand slam’ and would make for the best feel-good story.
Bryson DeChambeau +1500
We all knew that Big Bad Beefy Bryson would be a favorite to win the PGA Championship. DeChambeau is definitely the most exciting player on the PGA Tour because of his insane 375 yard drives! The eight-time PGA Tour winner has only one major championship in his career and he would love to add to that total starting with a win at Kiawah. DeChambeau’s best finish in a PGA Championship was a tie for fourth place at Harding Park last year.