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2018 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods’ Odds Shorten After Hot Start

Alex Kilpatrick

by Alex Kilpatrick in Golf

Aug 10, 2018 · 2:46 PM PDT

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Gary Woodland is currently leading the PGA Championship, after opening the tournament at +10000. Photo by Peter Brown [CC License].
  • The PGA Championship has taken a short weather break, so here’s your mid-Friday odds update.
  • Tiger Woods is rocketing up the odds sheet
  • Who is Gary Woodland?

The PGA Championship has taken a short break for weather, so it’s as good a time as any to talk about the odds sheet and what’s going on at Bellerive.

2019 PGA Championship Odds

Odds as of 8/10/2018 at 17:18ET

Player  Odds
Dustin Johnson +450
Rickie Fowler +550
Brooks Koepka +600
Gary Woodland +800
Kevin Kisner +1200
Jason Day +1400
Tiger Woods +2000
Justin Thomas +2200
Thomas Pieters +2500
Jon Rahm +2800

Big shift since yesterday! Here’s the two biggest stories:

Tiger Woods’ Hot Start

You know who’s good at keeping calm when Tiger Woods starts playing well? Golf media. Golf media and sports bettors. Dead eyed riverboat gamblers, the lot of them.

Here’s Tiger’s first birdie:

Here’s his second:

And here’s his third:

Play has been suspended, but Tiger Woods is now at three under for the day and sports bettors are using this time to absolutely lose their minds. He’s seven back of the leaders, but he’s at +2000 on the odds sheet. He was at +4000 when this round started, and after eight holes and three birdies has apparently doubled his chances.

Gary Woodland Outta Nowhere

Gary Woodland has been +10000 to win this tournament since we started tracking the odds. He’s not a huge name, and if we had to set a odds on “Low Wood” a month ago, he would have been well behind Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood, and maybe even Lee Westwood. He shot 64 yesterday, good enough for the outright lead, and started the day at +750 to win the tournament. He’s now at -10 and +800, one stroke ahead of Kevin Kisner.

Keep an eye on him, as no-names with a good handle on the course are frequently the best value around. He does have three PGA Tour wins, most recently the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, but he’s never finished inside the top ten at a major.

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