Friday - August 18th, 2017

Spieth, McIlroy leading the way on PGA Championship odds - Sportsnet.ca


Jordan Spieth is aiming to become just the sixth golfer of the modern era to complete the career grand slam when he tees off on Thursday at the 2017 PGA Championship sporting strong +800 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Spieth has returned to championship form since breaking out of an early-season slump that saw him miss the cut in three of five tournament appearances in April and May, and finish a distant 35th at the U.S. Open eight weeks ago.

The 24-year-old has claimed victory in two of his past three appearances, including an impressive three-stroke win at The Open Championship as a +1400 co-favourite. That gives him three career major tournament wins going into the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

However, Spieth faces stiff competition from rival Rory McIlroy, who has twice claimed victory at PGA events at Quail Hollow and leads the way on this year’s PGA Championship odds as a +700 favourite.

McIlroy picked up his first career PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship in 2010, and followed up with an impressive seven-stroke win at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship as heavy +350 chalk. The two-time PGA Championship winner has struggled to find his form this season, finishing no higher than fourth, but has shot 69 or less in each of his past seven rounds.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama closely follows the PGA Championship odds leaders at +1100, ahead of Americans Dustin Johnson at +1200, and Rickie Fowler, who aims for a second career victory at Quail Hollow, as a +1600 bet.

Johnson remains atop the World Golf Ranking despite turning in just two top-10 finishes in eight outings since back-to-back early-season wins at the Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico Championship. The 33-year-old missed the cut at both the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open, and finished a distant 54th at The Open Championship as a +1400 co-favourite.

However, Johnson did show signs of a turnaround with a 17-under-par performance at last month’s RBC Canadian Open.

Matsuyama is coming off a record-setting final round of 61 en route to a victory at last weekend’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and has shot 69 or better in eight of his past 11 rounds, while Fowler looks to crack the top 30 at the PGA Championship for the first time since finishing tied for third in 2014.

Jon Rahm and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka are knotted at +2500 on this week’s odds, ahead of 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day at +2800, while defending champion Jimmy Walker is pegged at a distant +10000.

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