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2017 PGA Championship Betting Odds

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After his 2017 Open Championship victory, can Jordan Spieth become the youngest golfer ever to compete the career grand slam at Quail Hollow?

Eh, not quite, according to the oddsmakers.

GolfOdds.com currently pegs Rory McIlroy as the favorite to win the event at 7-to-1 odds. Of course, McIlroy hasn’t won a major since taking the PGA Championship at Valhalla three years ago, but he does have success at Quail Hollow having won the Wells Fargo Championship twice in his career.

Spieth, who just turned 24 years-old recently, remains in good position to be victorious this week with 8-to-1 odds. He enters the week off his T-13 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after posting back-to-back wins at the Open Championship and Travelers Championship.

Perhaps riding the momentum of his win this past Sunday, Hideki Matsuyama has 12-to-1 odds, the same as Dustin Johnson. Matsuyama has come close to a major title before but is still looking for that first win.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker finds himself way down the board entering the week at 100-to-1. That’s still an improvement from last year when he was on the board at 125-to-1.

Here’s the full list of odds, courtesy of GolfOdds.com:

  • Rory McIlroy, 7/1
  • Jordan Spieth, 8/1
  • Dustin Johnson, 12/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama, 12/1
  • Rickie Fowler, 15/1
  • Jon Rahm, 20/1
  • Jason Day, 25/1
  • Brooks Koepka, 25/1
  • Justin Rose, 30/1
  • Henrik Stenson, 35/1
  • Sergio Garcia, 35/1
  • Adam Sott, 35/1
  • Justin Thomas, 35/1
  • Paul Casey, 40/1
  • Thomas Pieters, 40/1
  • Phil Mickelson, 50/1
  • Matt Kuchar, 50/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood, 50/1
  • Branden Grace, 50/1
  • Charley Hoffman, 50/1
  • Alex Noren, 60/1
  • Patrick Reed, 60/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen, 60/1
  • Marc Leishman, 60/1
  • Bubba Watson, 60/1
  • Daniel Berger, 60/1
  • Zach Johnson, 60/1
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello, 80/1
  • Charl Schwartzel, 80/1
  • Kevin Kisner, 80/1
  • Jason Dufner, 80/1
  • Ian Poulter, 80/1
  • J.B. Holmes, 80/1
  • Kevin Chappell, 80/1
  • Jimmy Walker, 100/1
  • Brian Harman, 100/1
  • Tony Finau, 100/1
  • Xander Schauffele, 100/1
  • Gary Woodland, 100/1
  • Brandt Snedeker, 125/1
  • Lee Westwood, 125/1
  • Francesco Molinari, 125/1
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick, 125/1
  • Bill Haas, 125/1
  • Russell Henley, 125/1
  • Webb Simpson, 125/1
  • Adam Hadwin, 125/1
  • Shane Lowry, 150/1
  • Ryan Moore, 150/1
  • Si Woo Kim, 150/1
  • Keegan Bradley, 150/1
  • Patrick Cantlay, 150/1
  • Haotong Li, 150/1
  • Steve Stricker, 150/1
  • Ross Fisher, 150/1
  • Bernd Wiesberger, 150/1
  • Kyle Stanley, 150/1
  • Jamie Lovemark, 150/1
  • Russell Knox, 150/1
  • Brandan Steele, 150/1
  • Peter Uihlein, 150/1
  • Jhonattan Vegas, 150/1
  • Tyrrell Hatton, 200/1
  • Bryson DeChambeau, 200/1
  • Byeong Hun An, 200/1
  • Chris Wood, 200/1
  • Emiliano Grillo, 200/1
  • Jim Furyk, 200/1
  • David Lingmerth, 200/1
  • Andy Sullivan, 200/1
  • Pat Perez, 200/1
  • Billy Horschel, 200/1
  • Wesley Bryan, 200/1
  • Danny Lee, 200/1
  • Patrick Rodgers, 200/1
  • William McGirt, 200/1
  • Kevin Na, 200/1
  • Charles Howell III, 200/1
  • Bud Cauley, 200/1
  • Lucas Glover, 200/1
  • Sean O’Hair, 200/1
  • James Hahn, 200/1
  • Graysom Murray, 200/1
  • Thorbjorn Olesen, 200/1
  • Cameron Smith, 250/1
  • Graeme McDowell, 250/1
  • Padraig Harrington, 250/1
  • Hideto Tanihara, 250/1
  • Daniel Summerhays, 250/1
  • Sung Kang, 250/1
  • Hudson Swafford, 250/1
  • Martin Laird, 250/1
  • Robert Streb, 250/1
  • Anirban Lahiri, 250/1
  • Jonas Blixt, 250/1
  • Luke List, 250/1
  • Andrew Johnston, 250/1
  • Soren Kjeldsen, 250/1
  • Luke Donald, 250/1
  • Alexander Levy, 250/1
  • Ryan Fox, 250/1
  • Jordan Smith, 250/1
  • Jason Kokrak, 250/1
  • Nicolas Cosaerts, 250/1
  • Graham DeLaet, 250/1
  • Scott Hend, 250/1
  • Mackenzie Hughes, 300/1
  • Kelly Kraft, 300/1
  • Scott Brown, 300/1
  • Chez Reavie, 300/1
  • Dylan Frittelli, 300/1
  • Ernie Els, 300/1
  • Pablo Larrazabal, 300/1
  • Jeunghun Wang, 300/1
  • Joost Luiten, 300/1
  • Danny Willett, 500/1
  • Cody Gribble, 500/1
  • Rod Pampling, 500/1
  • D.A. Points, 500/1
  • Davis Love III, 500/1
  • Vijay Singh, 500/1
  • Y.E. Yang, 500/1
  • Brandon Stone, 500/1
  • Thongchai Jaidee, 500/1
  • Richar Sterne, 500/1
  • Younghan Song, 500/1
  • Kyung-Tae Kim, 500/1
  • Satoshi Kodaira, 500/1
  • Yuta Ikeda, 500/1
  • Fabrizio Zanotti, 500/1
  • Jim Herman, 500/1
  • Thomas Bjorn, 500/1
  • Matt Dobyns, 1000/1
  • John Daly, 1000/1
  • Paul Claxton, 1000/1
  • Rich Beem, 2000/1
  • Shaun Micheel, 2000/1
  • Stuart Deane, 2000/1
  • Rod Perry, 2000/1
  • Rich Berberian Jr., 2000/1
  • Omar Uresti, 2000/1
  • David Muttitt, 2000/1
  • Adam Rainaud, 2000/1
  • Jamie Broce, 2000/1
  • Dave McNabb, 2000/1
  • Mike Small, 2000/1
  • Jaysen Hanen, 2000/1
  • Chris Moody, 2000/1
  • J.J. Wood, 2000/1
  • Alex Beach, 2000/1
  • Scott Hebert, 2000/1
  • Brian Smock, 2000/1
  • Kenny Pigman, 2000/1
  • Greg Gregory, 2000/1
  • Ryan Vermeer, 2000/1

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Lee Westwood’s winning WITB: 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge

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Shaft: Veylix Rome 60 X Tip 1”, 45.25″

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Shaft: Aldila ATX Tour Green 85X, 40.5”

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Did Justin Rose confirm his switch to Honma?

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Our Oct. 26 Forum Thread of the Day centered around Justin Rose’s potential defection from TaylorMade and move to Japanese luxury club brand Honma. Golf Digest’s Mike Stachura, the Morning Read, the Irish Times, and the Sun Times, have all added fuel to that fire.

And on the subject of fire, asked about the potential change following his Turkish Airlines Open win, Rose said

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

Speculation had been rampant in the GolfWRX forums for weeks, with several members with connections to the company indicating they’d heard Rose would soon be a Honma man. For example, mallrat said: “A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.”

Beyond the Englishman’s seeming admission that the rumor is true, his agent, Mark Steinberg is mum. Likewise, neither TaylorMade nor Honma has commented.

Suspicion as to why Rose, a long-time TaylorMade staffer and the No. 1 golfer in the world, would defect to a Japanese luxury brand with little presence on the PGA Tour centers around Mark King. The former TaylorMade president and CEO joined Honma as a consultant in August.

Per Golf Digest’s Mike Stachura,

“King, who was CEO at TaylorMade from 1999-2013, stood by Rose in his early professional days when he missed the first 21 cuts of his career and posted a stroke average of 75.18 in his 1999 European Tour season.”

Stachura also indicated King has brought several former TaylorMade staffers to the company. With TaylorMade from 1994 to 2014, King said in August that the company would be looking to establish a presence on the PGA Tour and debut new products in 2019 (per Golf Inc.).

Under the guidance of Chinese businessman Liu Jianguo, Honma, now publicly traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange, has seen sales growth over the past four years amid a reworked business model. The brand now looks to expand into the United States and establish a foothold in the luxury equipment space, which is presently dominated by the likes of XXIO and PXG.

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Tour Rundown: The Champ is here

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If you’re a fan of international travel, fall professional golf is the time of year for you. With the men in Shanghai and Mississippi, the ladies in Taiwan, and the seniors in California, no two times zones were alike (almost). The world’s elite men enjoyed the fruits of their labors in Asia, while the up-and-comers attempted to make a name in the American southeast. The women and senior men find themselves in playoff chases, hoping to cap their years with the ultimate in triumphs. Join us for a rundown of all the week’s events.

Schauffele earns finest win in WGC Shanghai

Xander Schauffele was the quietest person frustrated by this year’s Ryder Cup USA performance. Widely recognized as the runner-up to Tony Finau for the last captain’s selection, Schauffele put his nose back to the grindstone and played well in September and October. He capped off the run by defeating the same Tony Finau in a playoff at the HSBC Champions World Golf Championship. Oh Irony! Schauffele  began the final round 3 strokes behind Finau, who was gunning for a signature win of his own. The Utah native didn’t play poorly, finishing four clear of Justin Rose, the 3rd-place combatant. Trouble for Finau was, Schauffele played some marvelous golf in round four. He combined six birdies with two bogeys for 68, reached the par-five 18th in two in the playoff, and calmly two-putted for birdie to claim the trophy as his own. Finau’s work was laudable, and his time on the big-stage podium will come soon enough. Imagine, if you will, the two of them paired in international competition. Team USA could do much worse than that.

Korda klaims first LPGA tour title in Taiwan

Back in 2013, when Nelly Korda was some 14 years of age, she qualified for the US Open at Sebonack and competed alongside her sister. Zip ahead to 2018, and Jessica’s younger sister made a breakthrough of her own. With no one running away with the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship, Korda played solid golf in round four and ascended to the top of the podium for the first time. Two birdies and an eagle might seem like a light load, but no bogies gave her 68, on a day when the low round totaled 66. That number came from Minjee Lee, who made a furious attempt to katch Korda. The Australian champion birdied her final two holes to close within two, but Korda was uncatchable, winning by two strikes at 13-under par.

Sanderson Farms comes down to a battle of Cs

Cameron, Corey and Carlos walked into a… golf tournament. Wouldn’t make a good joke opener, would it? That’s fine; it’s the story line behind this year’s Sanderson Farms championship in Jackson, MS. Corey (Connors) had made a run at events last season on the PGA Tour, and looked to establish himself as a strong finisher. Carlos (Ortiz) hoped to finally add a big-tour win to the trio of events he won on the Web.Com tour in 2014. As for Cameron (Champ), he’s only the next great thing according to some, the young beast in the eyes of others. Long off the tee and soft around the greens, Champ edged past the other two Cs and won his first PGA Tour event by four strokes. Owner of a four-stroke lead after 54 holes, Champ made a pair of bogeys at 7 and 8 to offer hope to his pursuers. Not much later (holes 13 through 18) Champ dashed their hopes with five birdies over the closing 6 holes. The victory moved Champ into the top 6 on the 2018-19 FedEx Cup race, and gave unsustainable bylines to golf journalists everywhere.

Parel nonpareil in Sherwood

Scott Parel began the year with a little-heralded win in an unofficial event. His triumph at the Diamond Resorts Invitational in January set an unforgettable year in motion. It would take until August for the former Web.Com winner to claim his first senior title, but the 2nd came less than two months later. Parel and others watched as Miguel Angel Jimenez tumbled from the top spot on Sunday with a 73, offering the field a chance to steal a victory. Parel notched two birdies on each side of the scorecard, strayed not once into bogeyland, and came out on top by one stroke over Paul Goydos. The runner-up did nothing to hurt his chances, parlaying 5 birdies and 0 bogies into a delightful 67. Kenny Perry looked to have the best chance to overtake Parel, starting 6-under through 13 holes. The Kentuckian was unable to dig any lower, and finished solo third at 8-under, two behind Goydos.

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