Golf Picks and Prediction: PGA Championship from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma

by Spooky Express | May 16, 2022 |

The 2022 PGA Championship begins on Thursday, May 19th, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The tournament will be the second major of the season and feature the strongest field of golfers in the four major events.

Southern Hills Country Club hosts its eighth major tournament and the fifth PGA Championship. The course underwent a major renovation since the last major tournament here in 2007, bringing back features from the original 1936 design by Perry Maxwell.

Tiger Woods captured his fourth and last PGA Championship title here in 2007 with a four-day total of 8-under par. Woods was one of just five players to finish under par, with Woody Austin (-6) and Ernie Els (-5) rounding out the top three.

Phil Mickelson is the defending champion, winning the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last year. Mickelson became the oldest golfer to win a major title and was one of the largest pre-tournament longshots to win. The 52-year-old missed the Masters and won’t be teeing it up this week to defend his title.

Can Spieth Complete the Grand Slam?

The 28-year-old three-time major winner has trophies from the Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open on his mantle but has yet to bring home the Wanamaker Trophy. Only five golfers in the modern era of four majors have accomplished the Career Grand Slam (Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Players, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods).

Spieth has a solo second (2015) and T3 (2019) in PGA Championship tournaments but has missed the cut or finished outside the top-10 in his seven other attempts. A win at the RBC Heritage and runner-up at the AT&T Byron Nelson the week before the PGA Championship tells us he should make some noise at Sothern Hills.

Betting Favorites for the PGA Championship

Statistically, the PGA Championship has the strongest field according to the official world golf rankings of the four major tournaments. That means that the odds board is littered with the top players on the planet at the top. 

According to BetOnline, here are some of the betting favorites leading up to the tournament.

  • Scottie Scheffler +1100
  • Jon Rahm +1400
  • Collin Morikawa +1600
  • Rory McIlroy +1600
  • Justin Thomas +1600
  • Jordan Spieth +1800
  • Cameron Smith +2200
  • Viktor Hovland +2500
  • Hideki Matsuyama +2800
  • Brooks Koepka +3500

Eight of those ten golfers have major titles, and four are multiple winners. The course might be a challenge for a first-time winner, but Smith and Hovland have the game to take home their first major title at Southern Hills.

Spieth Completes the Career Grand Slam

After missing the Masters for the first time in his career, Spieth found something in his game to bounce back the following week and with the RBC Heritage. The 13-time PGA Tour winner followed that performance up with a second-place this past week. 

Spieth will need to find it with the flat stick this week, but he ranks 12th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and is fourth in par-5 scoring.

Spooky Express PGA Championship Pick: Jordan Spieth +1800

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