News & ToursJuly 21, 2015

Tiger Woods is a bigger betting favorite than Zach Johnson for the PGA Championship at some sports books

Coming off his second major championship win and coming to a venue where he nearly won another major, Zach Johnson has to be one of the favorites for next month's PGA Championship, right? Not exactly.

According to sports book Bovada, Johnson is listed at 40-to-1 odds to win at Whistling Straits, making him tied for the 15th favorite. At (the odds for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook), Johnson checks in at 50 to 1, tied for 16th.

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Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, having missed the cut at the last two majors by a combined 18 shots, is listed at 33-to-1 odds at Bovada. Yep, Tiger Woods is a bigger favorite than Zach Johnson.

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Of course, this has a lot to do with handicappers realizing the public -- aka suckers -- will continue to bet Woods, currently ranked No. 258 in the world, no matter how far he's fallen.

At, Woods is listed at a more reasonable 60 to 1. Still, we think there's a lot better value in taking Johnson, who finished one shot out of a playoff at Whistling Straits in 2010, at any odds. Even better value? How about British Open runner-up Marc Leishman, who is 80 to 1 on both sites.

Both sites also list Jordan Spieth, whose bid to continue his pursuit of the calendar Grand Slam at St. Andrews came up just short, as an overwhelming 9-to-2 favorite. To put that in perspective, he's nearly twice as favored as he was heading into the British Open.

As for Rory McIlroy, who also finished a shot out of a playoff at the 2010 PGA, he's 6 to 1. And yes, he has to actually play at Whistling Straits for there to be any action so you're not a sucker for betting on him. You are a sucker if you bet on Tiger Woods -- especially at 33 to 1.

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