PGA Championship Odds 2018: Contenders & Betting Preview

Ross Houston
August 9, 2018

Thomas weighed less a year ago, about 145 pounds at the start of it.

"He's swinging at it good right now", Holmes said.

As he said after the final round at Carnoustie: "Given where I was to where I'm at now, blessed".

His length should come in handy at Bellerive this week.

Speaking of stress, Furyk has been paired for the first two rounds with Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau, two players who are just on the outside of the top eight on the Ryder Cup points list (No. 11 and 13, respectively) and in position with strong showings at the PGA to move into the top eight.

The USGA is often criticized for its U.S. Open setups, whether that's because of long, thick rough or penal green speeds that are created to produce a specific winning score. This tournament often favours the bigger drivers and few are better equipped in that department than the 29-year-old Northern Irishman.

But the game is right there and on a course like Bellerive and its PGA Championship specifics, McIlroy - a two-time victor of the tournament - really should excel. His victory at the Masters was his fourth major championship in a row, completing the Tiger Slam.


"I don't like to be up here".

"And I've got another one in this bag", he said. "The people at American Express were struggling at the time", Woods said.

He was asked if he would take a year that included a major championship and a dozen missed cuts or the kind of consistency he has shown this year.

On the challenging 495-yard Par 4 15th hole, CBS Sports will operate the 4D replay system that has an array of cameras covering 270 degrees of the tee box that allows for three-dimensional manipulation of the video. "We're just not there yet".

"It's unbelievable how many people are out here on a Monday, it's insane", said golfer Jim Furyk, also the Ryder Cup captain.

This weekend at Bellerive is the last chance to earn points and automatically make the team. There are also four captain's picks up for grabs.

"There's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and the flexibility and the movement that I once did", Woods said.


Northern Ireland's McIlroy has not won a major since the 2014 US PGA Championships title, which marked his second win in the event following a 2012 success.

Bjorn probably isn't going far.

ST. LOUIS - A key figure on so many European Ryder Cup teams, Sergio Garcia finds himself well outside of an automatic qualifying place for the 2018 squad and the subject of surprising debate about whether captain Thomas Bjorn should make him an at-large pick. Tommy Fleetwood has become a force. That led to a classic moment off the green when she spotted FOX play-by-play man Joe Buck, who mistakenly called her Koepka's ex-girlfriend's name on the air after Koepka won his first U.S. Open at Erin Hills. You really have to take notice of that.

"And hopefully, it doesn't last for too long", he said.

McIlroy since then has played in the final group three times, including at the Masters. Plans changed on Wednesday because of the rain.

The century degree Fahrenheit temperatures on Monday gave way to thunderstorms on Tuesday and severely disrupting practice. Only eight players are in the field at the PGA Championship who also qualified for the tournament back then: Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink and Vijay Singh.


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