A two-way race has emerged on this week's golf betting lines at the sportsbooks, with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson listed as the +1000 co-favourites on the PGA Championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Koepka has been a force to be reckoned with at recent golf majors, with his victory at last year's PGA Championship marking his third win in seven major tournament appearances going into Thursday morning's opening-round action of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black Course.
The 29-year-old American has carried his steady play into the 2019 season, which he opened with a win at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, followed by three top-five finishes including a second-place performance at the Masters while sporting +2500 odds. But while Koepka's play has lifted him to No. 3 on the World Golf Rankings, he can expect to face stiff competition from Johnson, who travels to New York in search of his first career PGA Championship win.
Johnson's recent win at the WGC-Mexico Championship marks just one of his seven top-10 finishes this season. The 34-year-old, who claimed his lone career major tournament win at the 2016 US Open, is also coming off a strong performance at Augusta, where he finished in a second-place tie with Koepka to reclaim top spot on the World Golf Rankings after being briefly toppled from his familiar perch by England's Justin Rose.
However, Johnson has enjoyed limited success in previous PGA Championship appearances, finishing out of the top 10 in his past two appearances, and missing the cut in four of seven appearances. Johnson also lags behind Koepka as a +650 wager to be the top American at this year's tournament on the PGA Championship betting props.
Further down the PGA Championship odds, Rory McIlroy joins Tiger Woods at +1100, ahead of Jon Rahm at +1800, while Rose lags at +2000. McIlroy opened the 2019 campaign on a torrid pace, recording seven straight finishes in the top 10, including an impressive victory at the PLAYERS Championship as a +1200 co-favourite at online betting sites.
However, the two-time PGA Championship winner struggled to keep pace after teeing off at the Masters as +750 chalk, finishing a distant 21st. He also endured a shaky final round at last week's Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a 73 to finish eighth after opening as a strong +600 favourite.
And the spotlight will be clearly focused on Woods following his emotional Masters victory as a +1600 wager. A four-time PGA Championship winner, Woods looks to have regained his youthful form, posting top-10 finishes in each of his past three major tournament appearances, including a second-place result at this event a year ago.