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American Jordan Spieth has won every major golf tournament except the PGA Championship. Spieth will have the opportunity to accomplish that goal later this week as the +800 second choice on the tournament betting lines according to oddsmakers. Irishman Rory McIlroy is the +700 favorite to win it for a third time.
Spieth won consecutive tournaments in the British Open and Travelers Championship before finishing 13th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week. The 24-year-old Texas native ranks second on the PGA Tour this year with nearly $7 million in earnings, totaling more than $3 million by winning his last two tournaments combined. He finished a career-best second in the 2015 PGA Championship won by Australia’s Jason Day.
McIlroy placed fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational but has yet to pick up a victory on the PGA Tour in 2017. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland won the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, although neither of those came at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, the location of this year’s tournament where the Wells Fargo Championship has been held annually dating back to 2003.
However, McIlroy won that tournament at Quail Hollow in 2015 by seven strokes after shooting a record 21-under-par 267.
Next up on the betting board is Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama as the +1100 third choice with American Dustin Johnson down to fourth at +1200. Johnson has been favored in many of the tournaments he has entered this year, but he has not played particularly well lately since missing the cut in both the Memorial and the U.S. Open.
Matsuyama ranks first on the 2017 PGA Money List with almost $8 million in earnings following his victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He was also 14th in the British Open and placed second in the U.S. Open among his six Top 10 finishes overall.
Other contenders in the mix to win the 2017 PGA Championship include Rickie Fowler (+1600), Jon Rahm (+2500), Brooks Koepka (+2500) and Day (+4000). Of that group, Fowler and Rahm are still looking to win their first major while Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, finishing four strokes ahead of Matsuyama and Brian Harman.