The most anticipated golf tournament is about to tee off as the PGA Tour heads to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to hold the 2021 PGA Championship. With some of the top dogs of the sport, the Ocean Course promises a test for the world’s best as they fight for a major championship title. Playing 7,849 yards, the course breaks records as the longest of any major championship in PGA Tour history. Ultimately, the wide-open course partnered with a wide-open tournament makes it an exciting event to bet on.
Since the tournament is filled with some of the most talented athletes in the sport, we narrow down your choices and take a look at the tournament favorites and sleepers. With that, we highlight important tournament details, the latest Golf odds, and expert betting predictions courtesy of the NitroBetting news team. Lock in on the best pick with the aid of our exclusive 2021 PGA Championship Preview. Be sure to check out for all the latest sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
2021 PGA Championship Tournament Information
- When: Thursday, May 20th to Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Where: Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- TV: GOLFTV
- Radio: PGA TOUR Radio
- Live Stream: GOLF Channel
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 PGA Championship?
- 2021 PGA Championship Odds: +1100
McIlroy starts the week strong at No. 15 in the Golfweek world rankings. He currently leads the tournament as favorites to win after claiming the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah with an eight-stroke lead. He is the only player to finish double digits under poor weather conditions, which makes him a force to be reckoned with. McIlroy was top 10 in the field in the following: Tee-to-Green and SG: Approach at the Wells Fargo.
He placed third in SG: Putting and showcased several key and sand saves during the weekend. On top of that, McIlroy is among the few players in the field who have significant experience with Paspalum, which he can use to his advantage.
- 2021 PGA Championship Odds: +2000
Hovland is coming from back-to-back third-place finishes. At 23 years young, the talent takes on the PGA Championship on full throttle. In one of his recent wins, Hovland gained 8.7 and 8.8 strokes on the field tee to green. The Norwegian also has the skill set to take on the Kiawah Island course.
He has the length and the driving ability to cover the 7,849 scorecards, sitting third in the field in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee in the previous 24 rounds. Furthermore, Hovland displayed success on Paspalum greens courses. He has two career PGA TOUR victories, both won on Paspalum.
Who are the sleepers in the 2021 PGA Championship?
- 2021 PGA Championship Odds: +6000
Niemann’s skills are compatible with the Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course. Holding the fifth spot on TOUR for driving distance, he has the necessary power off to the tee to gain an advantage over other competitors. He also showcases firm wind and gains over a half of a shot on the field per round when weather conditions tend to lean on the windy side.
On top of that, Niemann has the skills to pull off a low ball flight that goes through the wind of his tee shots, and that should perfectly complement the event’s course. Despite not having as much experience as the rest of the field, Niemann can produce breakthroughs on the PGA TOUR which serves as his motivation.
- 2021 PGA Championship Odds: +10000
One of Watson’s significant achievements comes in the form of an 11th place tie at the 2021 PGA Championship. His 3-under par, 68, was enough to hold one of the best rounds of the last day of the tournament. With lots of experience under his belt, Watson can bring it all together to pull off surprising results.
The 42-year old currently holds the 40th spot on Tour in driving distance. This helps him get ahead of the competition as the Ocean Course will likely favor this skillset. Ultimately, we cannot overlook Bubba Watson after what he achieved over the years, making him a sleeper in the 2021 PGA Championship.
Expert’s Prediction for the 2021 PGA Championship
The course alone makes the 2021 PGA Championship a must-watch for fans of the sport and bettors alike. With a wide-open playing field, we are bound to encounter surprising results as well as strong starts from the favorites. With some of the players on pace to produce quality numbers come tee off, we anticipate the tournament to go down to the wire at the end. That being said, consider looking at the favorites for outright bets, and don’t hesitate to look at the sleepers for round leader bets and match-ups.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.