PGA Championship 2023 Each-Way Betting Tips: Woodland can go well at 80/1
The second major of the golfing calendar takes place this week with the PGA Championship getting underway on Thursday in New York. Along with our extensive PGA Championship betting preview from our in-form tipster Jamie Broadhurst, we’ve also taken a look at a few long-priced each-way alternatives that could be worth some consideration.
We have a stacked field here at Oak Hill for the PGA Championship with 156 players taking part in front of what should be a lively New York crowd.
Just like with The Masters last month, we have the same three names at the head of the betting with Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm tussling for who goes off favourite at around 15/2 with most betting sites, with Rory McIlroy next in the market at 12/1. It is worth noting however that Rory has only made one appearance since missing the cut at The Masters which came at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Another reason for long-odds punters to be intrigued by this event is that nine of the last 14 winners of the PGA Championship have been first-time major winners. Big prices have also regularly featured in this major with Phil Mickleson being matched at a whopping 539/1 on the Betfair Exchange before winning in 2021.
It’s worth noting that as is often the case with the majors, bookmakers are offering some fairly generous each-way terms. Our highlights are Betfair, whose Betfair Sportsbook have a mammoth 12 places on offer at 1/5 odds, well Paddy Power are the next best provider, offering 10 places.
Brooks Koepka - 20/1
First in our quartet that we think are worth some consideration this week is Brooks Koepka. A strong driving game looks vital at this venue and the four time major winner looms to have a perfect profile for this course.
Koepka has wins on long tracks such as the 7400-yard plus Shinnecock Hills where he won the 2018 US Open and the 7300-yard Bellerive Country club where he won the PGA Championship in the same year, shooting a major-championship-record-tying 264 over 72 holes.
The T2 finish that Koepka managed at Augusta last month once again showed how he seems to bring his best golf to the major events and with himself and Jena Sims recently announcing that they are expecting a child, he should be in a good place mentality and have plenty of motivation to once again prove his doubters wrong.
Cameron Young - 28/1
Next up we have 26-year-old American Cameron Young. The reigning PGA Tour rookie of the year, Young looks in a strong place with his game and despite him still yet to grab his first career win, he can put in a strong showing on the East Coast.
Cameron Young put in a magnificent showing to finish second at the Open Championship in 2022, finishing just one shot behind Claret Jug winner Cameron Smith. That showing at St Andrews came after a third place at the PGA Championship last year and with him finishing T7 at The Masters, he is proving to be a young man who can perform on the biggest stages. 28/1 may sound a bit short for a player who is yet to win on the PGA Tour, but his performances in majors over the last two years give plenty of reason to get behind him this week.
Gary Woodland - 80/1 each-way
Another player we like the look of to go well at Oak Hill is Gary Woodland. The 38-year-old from Kansas became a major winner back in 2019 when winning the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Since then, things have not progressed the way Woodland would have liked with a series of injuries that have seen him only start to get back to anything towards peak fitness over the last six months. Woodland finished 14th at the Masters, before following that up with another 14th place finish at Quail Hollow. Woodland’s power off the tea should suit this course which is sure to suit the bombers with a yardage of 7400!
Patrick Reed - 100/1
Plenty of emphasis will be put on backing bombers with the length of this course and although he might not be the biggest off the tee, there is reason to believe that Patrick Reed can contend here.
Not the most likable character, Reed often relishes the test when he is portrayed as the villain. After a final round of 68 at Augusta, Reed put in a strong showing to finish T4. Now playing on the LIV Tour, Reed has finishes of T3,T3,T13 and T11 since the start of April. Another positive here is that Oak Hill has comparisons to Winged Foot, where he led for half of the US Open that was held there five years ago.