2022 PGA Championship Odds: Surprising PGA picks, weekend predictions from a model that hit eight majors

The first two rounds of the 2022 PGA Championship are officially in the books. It’s an extremely crowded leaderboard as Round 3 is scheduled to begin Saturday morning at Southern Hills Country Club. Will Zalatoris currently sits at the top of the 2022 PGA Championship leaderboard at 9 under par, while Mito Pereira is just one shot from the top. Justin Thomas goes into the weekend third, three strokes behind Zatoris. Meanwhile, big champions like Bubba Watson (-5) and Rory McIlroy (-4) are still within striking distance.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Zulatoris at 5-2 in updated 2022 PGA Championship odds, followed by Thomas (7-2), Pereira (11-2) and McIlroy (13-2). Tiger Woods is T-53 at 3-over after shooting a 69 on Friday, and he’s now listed at 500-1 to win the Wanamaker Trophy. With so many veteran players at the top of the leaderboard, be sure to check out SportsLine’s trusted computer model for PGA Tour predictions before setting your 2022 PGA Championship picks.

SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June 2020. In fact, it’s climbed nearly $9,000 on its best bets since that point, nailing tournament after tournament.

At the 2022 Masters, McClure’s model was centered around Scottie Scheffler’s first major championship win of his career heading into the weekend. Additionally, among McClure’s best bets was Collin Morikawa’s overall win at the 2021 Open Championship, despite being listed as a massive 40-1 long shot. The model was also featured throughout Jon Rahm’s (10-1) first major championship win of his career at the 2021 US Open. Rahm was two strokes away from the lead going into the weekend, but the model still predicted him as the winner.

The same model also nailed a whopping eight majors over the weekend. Everyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.

After the cut was made at the 2022 PGA Championship, SportsLine simulated the last two rounds 10,000 times and the results were surprising. Now go to SportsLine to see the projected leaderboard.

Top predictions for the PGA Championship 2022

One big shocker the model demands at the 2022 PGA Championship: Pereira, just one shot from the lead, stumbles violently and doesn’t even crack the top 3. The 27-year-old shot the second-best round of the game on Friday with a 64 day. However, history shows that Pereira will not finish at the top of the rankings at the 2022 PGA Championship.

Southern Hills has hosted a major championship seven times in its history and all seven champions have been 36-hole leads/co-leads. Also, Pereira competed in this week’s event ranked 160th in total putt average (1.619) and 167th in one-putt percentage (38.25), which doesn’t bode well for his chances this weekend. McClure’s model has identified several other golfers with better odds of winning the PGA championship odds, making Pereira someone to avoid.

Another surprise: Cameron Young, a 45-1 long-range shot, makes a surprise start. He has a better chance of winning than his odds suggest, making him a great sleeper over the PGA Championship weekend. The 25-year-old American has a busy schedule as he heads into the weekend 2 under par and tied for 10th place.

But a Zatoris stumble would open the field considerably for some higher-odds golfers. Young has four top-10 finishes this season, including T-3s or better in each of his last two starts. He was one of the longest players off the tee on the PGA Tour this season, averaging 315.7 yards per drive. That can help him rack up strokes quickly, so confidently support him in your 2022 PGA Championship betting for the weekend.

How to Make 2022 PGA Championship Picks

The model targets two golfers with odds of 50-1 or more who will make surprise runs. Anyone who bets on those long shots could make it big. It also has a surprising prediction of where Tiger Woods will end up. You can only see the model selection here.

So who will win the 2022 PGA Championship? And what long shots are baffling the golfing world? Check out the 2022 PGA Championship odds below, then visit SportsLine to see the 2022 PGA Championship prospective standings, all from the model that has nailed eight golf majors, including this year’s Masters.

2022 PGA Championship Weekend Odds, Field

Becomes Zalatoris +250
JustinThomas +350
Mito Pereira +550
Rory McIlroy +650
Bubba Watson +1800
Cameron Smith +2000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +2200
Abraham Ancer +2200
Sam Burns +3500
Davis Riley +3500
Cameron Young +4500
Tyrell Hatton +5000
Gary Woodland +6500
Viktor Hovland +6500
Max Homa +8000
Stewart Cink +8000
Joaquin Nieman +8000
Jordan Spieth +8000
Matt Kuchar +8000
Chris Kirk +10000
Xander Shovel +12500
Patrick Reed +12500
Talor Gooch +12500
Jon Rahm +15000
Brooks Koepka +20000
Seamus Power +20000
Bernd Wiesberger +20000
Ryan Fox +20000
Shane Lowry +25000
Tony Finau +25000
Brendan Steele +30000
Kevin Na +30000
Tommy Fleetwood +30000
JustinRose +40000
Cameron Tringale +40000
Aaron Wise +40000
Adri Arnaus +40000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +50000
Laurie Canter +50000
Lanto Griffin +50000
Si Woo Kim +50000
Keegan Bradley +50000
Jason Day +50000
Thomas Pieters +50000
Rickie Fowler +50000
Beau Hossler +50000
Jason Kokrak +50000
Francesco Molinari +50000
Robert Macintyre +50000
Luke Herbert +50000
Collin Morikawa +50000
Tiger Forest +50000
Harold Varner +75000
Hideki Matsuyama +75000
Marc Leishman +100000
Denny McCarthy +100000
Russell Henley +100000
Kramer Hickok +100000 2022 PGA Championship Odds: Surprising PGA picks, weekend predictions from a model that hit eight majors

Justin Scacco

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