The 10 favored to win the 2019 PGA Championship

The 10 favored to win the 2019 PGA Championship

The 2019 PGA Championship is right around the corner and there now are a few headliners most likely to win the tournament.

The Golf sports event will take place center stage on May 16-19 and will be at New York's Bethpage Black. World Renown Golfer Tiger Woods will try to win a second consecutive major after snapping a decade-plus drought in golf's biggest events at Augusta National. Not surprisingly, the Big Cat is a big favorite in the Big Apple, but should he be? As the tournament approaches, we'll continue to monitor the odds (Courtesy of HRWager sportsbook) and jostle our PGA Championship picks. Here's how the ranking stands—for now:

 

1- Tiger Woods

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Reason to pick: Woods will arrive in New York with a green jacket following a dramatic Masters win that ended nearly 11 years of major championship frustration. Tiger also won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. After he won the Masters that year. Cue up the calendar Grand Slam talk!

Cause for concern: Or. . . maybe not. With Woods skipping the Wells Fargo, it's fair to wonder how much he's played or practiced since his historic win. And how will that fused back like a potential early-morning May tee time in New York when it’s still in the 40s? For what it's worth, Woods was No. 8 in our final Masters ranking before the tournament started. However, he was my pre-season pick to win the PGA so I'm sticking with him. Again, for now.

 

2- Brooks Koepka

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Reason to pick: The defending PGA champ and just as importantly, the two-time defending U.S. Open champ considering where this PGA will be played. No one plays better in golf’s biggest events these days. Although that guy listed above is pretty close.

Cause for concern: Koepka put all those Weight Watchers’ questions to rest at the Masters, but the questions about his putting always lurk. He’s currently ranked 148th in strokes gained: putting, and he could have been slipping on a green jacket if he had converted great looks on 17 and 18 over the weekend at Augusta National.

 

3- Dustin Johnson

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Reason to pick: The World No. 1 is never a bad bet, especially at a big, wet course where there will be a premium on driving distance.

Cause for concern: Although he quietly played his way into the mix on Sunday at the Masters, two other recent final-round performances (A 74 at the Valspar and a 77 at Hilton Head) proved yet again that DJ isn’t as unflappable under pressure as he looks.
 

4- Rory McIlroy

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Reason to pick: The phrase "Big, wet golf course," is music to McIlroy's ears, and a T-21 at the Masters was the first non-top-six finish in what has been a sizzling start to the season. Plus, with the year’s first major out of the way, McIlroy won’t have to answer any questions about going for the career Grand Slam at Bethpage.

Cause for concern: Can you believe this will be the first major championship of Rory's 30s? That, obviously, isn’t a concern, but the fact the four-time major champ is closing in on five years since his last major triumph is.

 

5- Francesco Molinari

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Reason to pick: The Italian was possibly a pine cone away from winning two of the past three majors at the Masters. And in the past year, no one has played so many impressive mistake-free stretches of golf—a trait that should come in handy at a place where difficult conditions are celebrated by a warning sign to golfers on the first tee.

Cause for concern: The biggest key to Molinari’s mid-career renaissance has been his added length, but there’s long and then there’s Bethpage long. And then there’s Bethpage-in-wet-spring-conditions long (Seriously, it seems like it rains every day here). As a result, the Italian’s long irons will need to be extra dialed in.

 

6- Xander Schuaffele

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Reason to pick: Schauffele has quickly become a Brooks Koepka-lite, and we're not just referring to weight again. The 25-year-old has already racked up four top-six finishes in only eight major championship appearances.

Cause for concern: As we’ve seen with other players like Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, consistently contending at majors in your 20s doesn’t guarantee you’re actually going to win one.

 

7- Rickie Fowler

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Reason to pick: Although he missed the cut at Bethpage Black as an amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open, Fowler finished T-24 and T-7 in his two starts on the Long Island track as a pro at the 2012 and 2016 Barclays. A winner already this year in Phoenix, Fowler picked up his 10th career major top 10 at the Masters.

Cause for concern: After finishing no worse than 26th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green the past four seasons, Fowler has slipped to No. 56 this season.

 

8- Jason Day

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Reason to pick: The former World No. 1 hasn’t been piling up the wins, but he has quietly amassed five top 10s this season, including at the Players and the Masters. Also, he’s completely healthy for once. Although, you wouldn’t know it by watching this video of him “running" at the Zurich Classic. . .

Cause for concern: Day’s iron play has been less than stellar this season (119th in strokes gained: approach). And like Tiger, we worry about the chilly conditions for his balky back—and, um, sensitive immune system.
 

9- Justin Rose

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Reason to pick: Rose was the most surprising missed cut at the Masters, but prior to that he had finished in the top 10 in four of his six starts this season, including a wire-to-wire win at Torrey Pines. Getting 20-to-1 odds on the World No. 2 is pretty good value.

Cause for concern: Rose’s Bethpage Black track record is pretty bleak. He missed the cut at the 2009 U.S. Open, and finished T-46 and T-31 in the 2012 and 2016 Barclays, respectively.

 

10- Tony Finau

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Reason to pick: Finau has finished in the top 10 in four of his past five major championship starts, including a T-5 at the Masters where he played in the final group with Woods and Molinari.

Cause for concern: Like we’ve said before, though, none of Finau's top 10s have translated into wins. Yet.

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