Why is Rory McIlroy a favorite to win the PGA Championship?

Mike Murphy

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson share the greatest odds of winning the PGA Championship, the final major of the year.

Spieth undoubtedly should be the favorite after his wire-to-wire finish at Royal Birkdale….McIlroy and Johnson probably shouldn’t have been given such odds.

According to VegasInsider.com, Spieth, McIlroy, and Johnson all share 8/1 odds of winning the PGA Championship next month at Quail Hollow. The only reason McIlroy may have such high odds is the fact that he has played well at the course in the past.

McIlroy holds the course record at Quail Hollow when he shot 61 in 2015. He also has two victories at the course.

My only issue with this is that McIlroy has played terrible up until his T-4 finish at this past weekend’s Open Championship. Even then he was really scrapping just to hang in there for a top-10 finish.

Maybe it’s pressure to be the next Tiger, or maybe it’s because he is not single anymore. Regardless if there was ever a course for McIlroy to turn things around with a victory, this would be the place.

Johnson’s positioning is also a bit peculiar, seeing as he had a less-than-stellar finish to The Open and really has not been the same force he was since starting the year off on fire with five straight top-5 finishes between February and May. In his last three tournaments he has two missed-cuts and his latest T-54 finish at The Open.

I guess you still have to give the man his due diligence seeing he is No.1 in the World Golf Rankings, and second in FedEx Cup points behind Spieth.

If the final favorite, Spieth, were to pull out a second major vicorty he would be in elite company. Having four majors by the age of 24 and being the youngest golfer ever to complete the career Grand Slam. Just wait for the Tiger Woods comparisons then (and you thought they were bad in 2015).

Here are some of the other notable names with high odds for 2017’s final major:

  • Jason Day 14/1
  • John Rahm 16/1
  • Rickie Fowler 20/1
  • Justin Rose 22/1
  • Phil Mickelson 33/1
  • Matt Kuchar 40/1