2024 PGA Championship May 16-19th Preview

PGA Championship Preview
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James Hubbard Published: 14/05/2024

2024 PGA Championship May 16-19th Preview

As the golfing world gets ready for the 2nd Major Championship of the year, we head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2024 Mens PGA Championship, hosted by Valhalla Golf Club. Designed by the great Jack Nicklaus in 1986, the course is a stern test fitting for a Major Championship.

The course is a long par 71 measuring 7609 yards, around 130 yards longer than the last time it was held there in 2014. This is the 4th time the PGA Championship has been held at Valhalla after being previously held in 1996, 2000 and 2014. 

In 2021, Valhalla replaced its former bentgrass fairways with Zeon Zoysiagrass, which means the course will play much firmer and faster, allowing the golf ball to travel much further off the tee.

Missing the fairways, however, could cause havoc with their being 4 inch thick grass in the rough. This will make it much harder to predict how far a shot will go and make it difficult to control spin, which will ultimately make it harder to make birdies.

Driving distance and accuracy off the tee will be crucial this week, as well as controlled iron play into the firm greens.

It will certainly be interesting to see whether the firm course will help or hinder the longer hitters in the field, as there will be much more roll on the golf ball than these players are typically used to.

2024 PGA Championship Betting Tips

James Hubbard has picked out six betting tips for the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

BetVictor

Scottie Scheffler to Win - 9/2 with BetVictor

Scheffler is the absolute dominant force on this year's PGA Tour. In his 10 starts so far this season, he's registered 9 top 10s, including 4 wins in his last 5 starts.

He is the current Masters Champion after winning at Augusta by a convincing 4 shots. He then backed that up a week later by winning the RBC Heritage by 3 shots.

The World Number 1 will, without a doubt, be eyeing another Major Championship, but he is extremely short-priced in the betting. It's certainly warranted, however, so he's a player you can't rule out.

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Rory Mcilroy to Win - 15/2 with BetMGM

Mcilory won the PGA Championship last time it was held at Valhalla in 2014 so he’ll certainly have great memories at this course. He's coming into this week in top form, having won a record 4th Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow last time out by 5 shots.

He finished with a final round -6 65 to make it his second straight PGA Tour victory after his win partnering Shane Lowry in the Zurich Classic two weeks ago in New Orleans.

A Rejuvenated Mcilroy will be looking to end his Major drought that now stretches to 10 years, and I expect him to be in the mix. Although short in the betting, he's a player bang in form, so he can not be dismissed.

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Brooks Koepka EW 16/1 with Unibet ⅕ (Seven Places)

Koepka is the defending PGA Champion, having won his 3rd PGA Championship in 6 years at Oak Hill last year. He's coming into this event on the back of a victory in Singapore on the LIV Golf Tour last week.

Although, for now, there are question marks over the LIV players based on how competitive the tournaments and fields truly are, Keopka remains a fierce competitor and a major machine, thus always getting his game ready for these big tournaments.

If he gets his driving accuracy on point this week, his length off the tee will eat up this golf course.

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Wyndham Clark EW 40/1 with Bet365 ⅕ (Eight Places)

The 2023 US Open Champion has had a pretty solid season up to now. In his 11 starts on the PGA Tour this season, he's had 1 win and 4 top 5s, including two 2nd place finishes back to back in March, coming in the inaugural Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship.

He's certainly no stranger to the big events after his breakthrough season last year and will be looking to build on his start to this season at Valhalla.

His driving average of 304.1 yards puts him 4th on Tour overall, which will likely give him a huge advantage on a long course like this.

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Byeong Hun An EW 60/1 with Bet365 ⅕ (Eight Places)

Byeong Hun An - Coming into this tournament in a good reign of form on the back of a 3rd place finish at the Wells Fargo at the weekend and a T4 the week before in the Byron Nelson.

He's had 5 top 10s in 13 starts this season on the PGA tour and has a driving average of 303.6 yards, placing him 6th overall. Again, because this course is suited to length off the tee, I expect Byeong Hun An to be right in the mix if he hits the fairway consistently.

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Taylor Pendrith EW 150/1 with Bet365 ⅕ (Eight Places)

Taylor Pendrith - Pendrith is a guy who's starting to make his mark on the PGA Tour, having broken through to his first PGA Tour win just 2 weeks ago at the Bryon Nelson.

He backed that up the following week with a T10 at the Wells Fargo and had two T11 the events before his win. He's another big hitter with a tour average of 304.5 yards.

PGA Championship Odds

Below are the top five favourites and their best prices to win the 2024 PGA Championship.

Several of the top golf betting sites offer the same high odds, but we have listed just one for each favourite to win.

Golfer Best Odds
Scottie Scheffler 9/2 with BetVictor
Rory Mcilroy 15/2 with Unibet
Brooks Koepka 16/1 with Spreadex
Xander Schauffele 16/1 with Betfred
Ludvig Aberg 18/1 with Bet365
James Hubbard
James Hubbard
Last updated: 16/05/2024

Former professional dart player. I enjoy writing about darts, golf and football. 2012 PDC World Youth Champion. Norwich City Supporter.