Koepka joins Thomas atop odds to win PGA Championship

USA's Brooks Koepka watches his drive on the ninth tee during the third round of the Canadian Open golf championship. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Brooks Koepka will be looking to become the first golfer in over 90 years to claim three straight PGA Championship titles when he tees off this week at this year’s edition of the tournament as the +1000 betting favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Koepka led from start to finish at last year’s PGA Championship, defending the title he narrowly won in a duel with Tiger Woods in 2018. The 30-year-old American is now poised to join 11-time major tournament winner Walter Hagen as the only other golfer to claim three straight wins at this event with Thursday morning’s opening-round action at the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship taking place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Concerns have lingered as to whether Koepka is fit enough to successfully defend his PGA Championship title. Nagging injuries have played a role in the mixed results he has produced so far this season. In addition to missing the cut on four occasions, Koepka also managed to crack the top 10 just once over his first 10 appearances of the season. However, he turned things around last weekend, shooting an opening-round 62 on his way to a second-place finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Koepka is joined atop the PGA Championship odds by Justin Thomas at +1000, ahead of Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at +1400, and Bryson DeChambeau at +1600, while Xander Schauffele rounds out the front of the pack at +1800 odds.

Thomas seized top spot on the World Golf Rankings with his win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The 27-year-old now has three victories to his credit on the season, and nine top-10 finishes in 14 outings. Thomas claimed his only career major tournament win at the 2017 PGA Championship, but failed to crack the top 10 in three major tournament appearances in 2019.

A two-time PGA Championship winner, McIlroy has struggled to regain the form that lifted him to the top of the rankings late last year. The 31-year-old has struggled badly since the PGA Tour resumed in June, finishing among the top 20 in just one of five outings.

Rahm will have a lot to prove as he seeks his first career major tournament win this weekend. The 25-year-old Spaniard briefly ascended to the top of the rankings with his win at last month’s Memorial Tournament, but was overtaken by Thomas after turning in a 52nd-place finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Other notables on the PGA Championship odds at online betting sites for this week include Dustin Johnson, who sits at +2200. Four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods trails at +3000 to win the tournament, while 2015 winner Jason Day sports lengthy +4000 odds.

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