The PGA Championship is finally upon us, with the world's best golfers en route to Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York as we speak.
Last year it was Justin Thomas who notably came from way back in the pack to post a low enough round at Southern Hills to sneak into a playoff with Will Zalatoris, then triumphed to win the PGA Championship for the second time in his career.
We'll take a look at the field and and provide you with our best free golf picks to see if we can earn you some extra cash while you watch a major tournament.
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PGA Championship 2023 information
- Thursday 18th May - Sunday 21st May 2023
- Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
- Par 70
- 7,394 yards
- Live on ESPN+
PGA Championship 2023 favorites
Below you'll find a list of favorites to win the PGA Championship 2023 tournament.
John Rahm - (+800)
Rahm is one of the very best golf players in the world right now and his performances this year have been strong as expected.
When looking at it, this course is built for the way that Rahm plays and attacks the ball and it could be the perfect opportunity for him to claim another major. He ranks first in Strokes Gained: Total in major tournaments over the past five years, and the reigning Masters champion has been elite off the tee in his most recent outings in tournaments.
It takes a lot of mettle to compete for a major championship and it's rare that the man who is the shortest odds gets it done. But Rahm is flying and there is plenty of value to back him here.
Scottie Scheffler - (+800)
After claiming The Players Championship in the first major of the year, Scheffler is one of the most dominant golfers in the world.
He is currently ranked as the No. 2 player in the world having been number 1 at one point for a total of 35 weeks, the 26-year-old has six PGA Tour wins in his young career. Regarding majors, he won the 2022 Masters Tournament but is looking to improve on his prior best performance at the PGA (tied for fourth in 2020).
Scheffler finished in a tie for fifth in the precursor to 2023's second major in his most recent outing, but his quality is there for all to see and he is more than capable of putting it together and claiming a win.
Through nine events this year, his top 12 finish in The Genesis Invitational was his worst result. He has two victories, both in elevated events (WM Phoenix Open and The Players Championship), and he tied for 10th in the Masters.
Rory McIlroy - (+1400)
One of the most decorated players of the 2010s, McIlroy is aiming for his third overall PGA Championship after winning the event in 2012 and 2014.
With 36 professional wins, including four major championships, he is of course the most accomplished golfer on this list, but his curse continues to trouble him despite his form everywhere else.
Earlier this year, McIlroy was able to notch a victory at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, his third time winning the tournament. During last year’s PGA Championship, he finished in 8th place which was his best finish at the event since 2019.
But during The Players earlier this year he really struggled and even missed the cut. His reputation most definitely precedes him and we know he's capable of winning it, but at some point we have to accept that he just won't.
Xander Schauffele - (+1800)
It feels almost inevitable that Xander Schauffele is going to win a major tournament at some point in his career, and this is a fantastic opportunity to the his first on a course that favors fantastic ball-strikers.
Schauffele ranks 5th in strokes gained: approach and 19th in putting, which allows him to convert greens in regulation into birdies at a high rate; he’s 21st in birdie average this season.
Having won seven tournaments on the PGA Tour, but many feel his time will not be far away after some promising finishes on the biggest stages.
Two of those top efforts also came at the Masters when he tied for third in 2021, while he was also runner-up in 2019 after shooting -12, which is a score that would have won 7 of the last 11 Masters and was 10th in this year’s Augusta event. He's just not been getting the rub of the green so far in his career (excuse the pun).
This season, Schauffele has played in 11 events and despite not winning yet has been in the top 10 six times. His best finish in the PGA Championship was tied 10th in 2020 but he looks ready to explode and at +1800 there is fantastic value in backing him to finally get over the line.
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