There are there major championships left in the 2018 PGA Tour season: the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. We can’t promise you who will win any of those events, but it might be wise to wager on a player who has never won a major before.
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com
That’s because when American Patrick Reed won the Masters in April, he became the ninth first-time major winner in the past 10 overall. That dates to the 2015 PGA Championship. Prior to that, six of the most recent seven major winners had been repeat champions.
The U.S. Open this year (June 14-17) is being played at tough Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. As usual, one of the major storylines at a U.S. Open will be whether Phil Mickelson will win the only major that has eluded him in a Hall of Fame career.
Lefty has finished runner-up in the tournament an astounding six times. That includes the last time Shinnecock Hills hosted in 2004. Only two golfers finished under par then, Mickelson at 2-under 278 and South African Retief Goosen at 4 under.
Mickelson is currently +3300 to win the U.S. Open. Jordan Spieth is the +900 favorite. He was 10 years old when the 2004 U.S. Open was held. Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay outside Seattle, a completely different course setup (links style) than Shinnecock. Defending champion Brooks Koepka is also +3300.
The British Open (July 19-22) returns to Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Maybe the most infamous golf collapse in major tournament history came at Carnoustie in 1999. Frenchman Jean van de Velde entered the final round with a five-shot lead and only needed a double bogey on the 72nd hole to win the Claret Jug.
Van de Velde made triple and would be forced into a playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie, with Lawrie winning despite starting the final round 10 shots back. Van de Velde never would win a major. Carnoustie last hosted in 2007 and Padraig Harrington won. Spieth is the co-favorite at +1000 with Rory McIlroy. Spieth won last year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale and McIlroy did three years ago at St Andrews.
Finally, the PGA Championship is August 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis. It’s the first time the course has hosted the event since 1992 when Nick Price won at 6 under.
Dating to 2009, McIlroy (2014) is the only player who already had a major previously to win the PGA Championship. Spieth, McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are all +1000 there. McIlroy also won the PGA in 2012. Neither Spieth nor Johnson have won it. Defending champion Justin Thomas is +1600.
This will be the last time the PGA Championship will be held in August. It’s moving to May next year.