It’s officially time for the 2019 PGA Championship. Everyone from amateur to professional bettors has an opinion on who wins golf’s next major. The 2019 PGA Championship field numbers 156, consisting of 136 tour pros and 20 club pros. There are plenty of storylines as Thursday’s 2019 PGA Championship tee times approach. Will Jordan Spieth come through capture a career grand slam? Can anyone topple Brooks Koepka, who is a combined 47-under par in his last five PGA Championship appearances? And can Tiger Woods continue his impressive play after winning his 15th major at the Masters? The latest 2019 PGA Championship odds have been on the move all week. Woods is now listed as the 8-1 PGA Championship favorite, down from an open of 17-2. He’s followed by defending champion Brooks Koepka (10-1), along with Dustin Johnson (10-1), Rory McIlroy (12-1), Justin Thomas (16-1) and Rickie Fowler (16-1). With so much at stake at Bethpage Black starting Thursday morning, you’ll want to see the latest 2019 PGA Championship picks and golf predictions before making any of your own.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods’ deep run in the last PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. The model has been spot-on early in the 2018-19 season. It was high on champion Rory McIlroy at the 2019 Players Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka’s (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup. Additionally, it correctly called Bryson DeChambeau’s (9-1) seven-shot victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Anyone who has followed the model is way up. 

Now that the 2019 PGA Championship field is set, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a four-time champion, reigning Masters winner, and the top Vegas favorite, doesn’t even crack the top five. 

Woods completed a remarkable comeback with a thrilling victory last month at the Masters. His win at Augusta marked his 15th major title, which now puts him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18. It was his first major title in 11 years and he’ll look to capture multiple majors in a single season for the first time since 2006 starting with the PGA Championship 2019.

However, Woods has not played in a PGA Tour event since capturing his fifth green jacket in April. That doesn’t bode well for the 43-year-old golfer who underwent spinal fusion surgery two years ago, especially at an extremely challenging course like Bethpage Black. In two major tournaments held at Bethpage, only six players have finished under par. And with no competitive rounds under his belt over the last month, Woods could struggle like he did in 2012 at The Barclays, his last start at Bethpage. Woods shot 5-over in his final round of that tournament, finishing 1-over and 11 shots behind the winner, Nick Watney.

Plus, Woods has never won the Masters and PGA Championship in the same year. SportsLine’s model isn’t calling for back-to-back major victories and sees far better values in this loaded field than the 8-1 premium he’s commanding, lower than the 14-1 he was fetching at the Masters.

Another surprise: Bryson DeChambeau, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. 

DeChambeau has played extremely well this season and has been flying under the radar despite proving he has what it takes to compete at the highest level. The 25-year-old earned his fifth career PGA Tour victory earlier this season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and was tied for the lead after the first round of the Masters. Even though he’s not yet a household name, DeChambeau boasts an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 8 and is in the top 25 in the FedEx Cup standings.

His success can be directly attributed to his putting. DeChambeau ranks second on the PGA Tour in birdie or better conversion percentage (38.37) and is third in birdie average (4.68 per round). If he’s able to get the putter going early at Bethpage Black, DeChambeau will have a strong shot of securing his first major at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Also, the model says five other golfers with 2019 PGA Championship odds of 18-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. 

So who will win the 2019 PGA Championship, and which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the 2019 PGA Championship odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the 2019 PGA Championship projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors.

Tiger Woods 8-1
Dustin Johnson 10-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Brooks Koepka 10-1   
Rickie Fowler 16-1 
Jon Rahm 18-1
Justin Rose 18-1
Francesco Molinari 20-1   
Bryson DeChambeau 25-1
Jason Day 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1 
Tommy Fleetwood 25-1   
Jordan Spieth 30-1
Tony Finau 30-1    
Matt Kuchar 40-1
Patrick Reed 40-1
Hideki Matsuyama 40-1
Patrick Cantlay 40-1
Paul Casey 50-1   
Phil Mickelson 50-1
Adam Scott 50-1  
Sergio Garcia 60-1
Webb Simpson 60-1
Louis Oosthuizen 60-1
Bubba Watson 60-1
Henrik Stenson 60-1
Marc Leishman 60-1
Gary Woodland 60-1
Ian Poulter 60-1

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