Tiger Woods PGA Championship Prop Bets to Consider in 2019
Brooks Koepka was the winner, but hardly anyone noticed. Attention was turned to another player, who received waves of applause as he made his way off the 18th hole. Tiger Woods finished two shots behind in last season’s PGA Championship, after an electric final-round 64 that offered the clearest signal yet that the world’s most popular player was back.
His victory at the Masters cemented it, of course, but last year’s PGA was the first real sign that this version of Woods had staying power. Now it’s back to the PGA Championship, moved to May from August, where Woods tries to keep his roll going on a notoriously difficult Bethpage Black layout where he won the U.S. Open in 2002.
While Woods hasn’t played since the Masters, he’s finished sixth, second and first in his past three majors starts, and won at all but one of the tracks hosting majors this year.
Tiger Mania is peaking again, and there are several Woods-centric prop bets where bettors can try and capitalize on it when betting on the PGA Championship. Here are some of the more intriguing.
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Bogey-free Round 1: 28/1
A big number, and not just because Bethpage is hard. Tiger isn’t an opener—he’s a closer, often starting his majors with unspectacular first rounds. To find the last time Woods began a major with a bogey-free opening round, you have to go back to the 2009 PGA, the first major where he lost after holding the third-round lead. Quite a different time.
Best 18-hole round: 14/1
One of those “why-not-Tiger?” bets, given that we know what he’s capable of. His third-round 67 at Augusta was masterful, but this will be a very different type of layout, with a narrower fairway and higher rough. Still, he opened with a 67 on the same course in the U.S. Open in 2002.
Make the cut: 10/77
In 82 majors, Woods has missed the cut just nine times. But his first MC came in his debut Masters as a pro in 1996, and five others came over a span of seven majors where he battled back injuries. When he’s healthy, he makes the cut. The value is hardly the best here, but the bet might be.
Play in the final group in Round 4: 7/1
Thanks to weather-induced threesomes, Woods went out in the final group on Sunday at the Masters, marking the first time in over a decade he’d teed off in that spot. We’re a long time removed from the days when he grabbed majors by the throat on Saturdays—but it had also been a long time since he’d won one, as well.
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Other Tiger Woods Prop Bets
If you’re looking beyond the PGA Championship and are interested in how Woods will fare in majors overall this season, here are some props for you.
Top-10 in all three remaining majors: 7/2
He has a run of three straight top 10s going now, which means Woods needs six straight for this to pay off. To find a run like that, you have to go back to the Tiger Slam period, where he reeled off eight straight major top-10s from 1999-2001 (five of those were wins).
His best run since has been five straight, done twice, most recently in 2007-08. The value is nice, and the premise is tempting, but Woods would need an in-his-prime run for it to pay off.
Hole-In-One In Any Major: 59/1
With 12 more rounds of major championship golf in which to pull it off, it’s a no-brainer, right? Maybe not. Holes-in-one have never really been Tiger’s forte. As dominant as he’s been, Woods has recorded just three aces in tournament play, all of them between 1996 and 1998.
Worth a flier? Maybe. But while Woods has historically been a big hitter and great chipper, medium iron play isn’t exactly his thing.
Better Phil Mickelson in All 3 Remaining Majors: 2/1
Who doesn’t love head-to-head golf between two of the game’s biggest names? While Woods has surged over his last three majors, Mickelson has finished 18-MC-48. Although the U.S. Open is at Pebble, where Lefty won earlier this season, Mickelson has missed the cut in three of his last four starts and hasn’t had a run of decent majors finishes since 2015.
Win at Least 2 Majors in 2019: 3/2
Woods’ performance at his last three majors certainly makes this worth considering. At the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, he was the only player to finish under par. He dominated the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble.
The wild card is Royal Portrush, where the Open Championship returns for the first time since 1951. The setup for Tiger is certainly favorable, though. And if you’re feeling bold, Woods to win three majors is 10/1, and a Grand Slam is 70/1.
Best PGA Championship Prop Bets
Looking to wager on someone other than Woods? Here are a few non-Tiger props for this week’s PGA:
Winning margin, two strokes: 7/2
The PGA Championship has provided a string of close finishes over the last six years, with no winning margin greater than three strokes over that span. There hasn’t been a runaway since 2012, when Rory McIlroy won by eight. Since then, the most popular winning margin has been two strokes—including in each of the past two years.
No holes-in-one: 1/1
The two U.S. Opens at Bethpage don’t offer much hope for those looking to bet on aces at the PGA. There were three in 2002, and none in 2009. The PGA setup is often much like the U.S. Open in terms of difficulty, with three of the four par-3 for this event measuring 207 yards or longer.
Jason Day, top Australian: 3/2
Day has had an up-and-down season that includes two missed cuts in his last four events, but when he’s healthy, he’s capable of fantastic golf. His eighth-place finish at the Masters was part of a streak of four top-10s in events where he’s made the cut. Day is a past PGA champion with a knack for contending on courses that at first blush seem too long for him.
Best 18-hole score: Brooks Koepka, 14/1
The event’s defending champion is a ridiculous 47-under in his last five PGA appearances combined, and on the best majors roll of any golfer not named Woods. Bethpage is tough, but Koepka is so long that many of the course’s most hazardous features won’t be in play for him.
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