Golf Betting: 2021 PGA Championship Round 2 Predictions
The first day of the 2021 PGA Championship is behind us, with several golfers flirting with the cut line. On the other side, we have plenty of players who managed to impress in the windy conditions and enter the second day of play in a strong position.
One of those include the Canadian Corey Conners, who ended the first day of the PGA Championship with a two-stroke lead. However, he’s far from guaranteed to stay atop the standings with over a dozen players only three strokes away from leapfrogging him. Let’s have a look at what lies ahead for Round 2 so you can continue betting against their PGA Championship odds.
PGA Championship Round 2 – Update for the Weekend
A Look at the Day 2 2021 PGA Championship Odds
Odds to Win 2021 PGA Championship
- Corey Conners +700
- Viktor Hovland +800
- Brooks Koepka +900
- Collin Morikawa +1400
- Jon Rahm +1600
- Keegan Bradley +2000
- Bryson DeChambeau +2000
- Jordan Spieth +2200
- Will Zalatoris +2800
- Tyrrell Hatton +2800
- Sung-Jae Im +3000
- Xander Schauffele +3300
- Joaquin Niemann +3300
- Paul Casey +3300
- Louis Oosthuizen +3300
Updated PGA Championship Odds
To no one’s surprise, Corey Conners is the main favorite to win the PGA Championship, priced at +700. That isn’t too shocking, given that he is holding a two-strokes lead ahead of his competitors heading into round two of play.
That said, there is a good reason why his odds aren’t that much lower than that of Viktor Hovland (+800) and Brooks Koepka (+900). Although both finished the first day with -3, they have shown more than enough for us to believe either of the two is capable of taking over the lead.
Hovland entered the PGA Championship off an excellent T3 at Wells Fargo Championship and Valspar Championship. Koepka, on the other side, hasn’t looked too good heading to the Ocean Course but is a two-time PGA Championship winner (2018,2019).
Looking back, Koepka wasn’t even inside the top-15 after the first round in 2018. He even failed to break away from T3 for the next two days before ending the tournament with -12, two strokes ahead of Adam Scott.
In 2019, Koepka was leading from the get-go, ending day one with -7 to par, further extending it to -12 on day two. He ended the tournament with a seven-stroke lead ahead of Jazz Janewattananond, Dustin Johnson, Luke List, and Harold Varner III.
Talking about previous winners, the reigning champion Collin Morikawa ended the opening day in trailing by two strokes (-2). He is tied with Branden Grace, Im Sung-jae, Martin Laird, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Streelman, Cameron Tringale, and Gary Woodland.
Similar to how’s the case with Koepka, seeing Morikawa trail after day one shouldn’t concern anyone. In 2020, he was T3 after the first round and trailed two strokes after the second round.
Things didn’t look much better after the third round either, as Morikawa was T4 (-7), trailing Dustin Johnson by two strokes. Still, he found his form just in time to end the tournament with -12, edging out Paul Casey and Johnson, who finished with -11 to par.
As evident from Koepka and Morikawa’s success stories, you never know who will win the PGA Championship until the very last day. Koepka was one of few golfers who took the lead on day one and kept it through to the final round, and it’s not like we can expect another such display this weekend.
Perhaps Conners can prove us wrong and justify his tag as the main favourite; however, he still has a long road ahead of him before he can do that.