The 2019 golf majors are officially in the books. Irishman Shane Lowry hoisted the Claret Jug on Sunday after winning the Open Championship at Royal Portrush as an 80-1 (+8000) longshot at DraftKings Sportsbook. That was another good result for the books, following Gary Woodland’s victory at the U.S. Open at +8000 odds in June.
Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka became just the fourth golfer in history to finish top five in all four majors in a single season, including a victory at the 2019 PGA Championship as one of the favorites at +1000. Kopeka also finished runner up at The Masters, where Tiger Woods buried the sportsbooks and captured his fifth green jacket. Both FanDuel and BetStars took a bath with a +10000 longhsot promo offer on Woods winning the Masters at Augusta.
Woods and Koepka have been the most-bet-on golfers in 2019 through up to this point, according to DraftKings.
With all that said, it’s already time to start looking ahead to 2020. DraftKings Sportsbook has posted outright win odds for each of the four majors, and to no surprise it is Koepka at the top of most of the boards.
2020 golf majors odds (DraftKings Sportsbook)
|Player||Masters||PGA Champ.||US Open||British Open|
A Tiger repeat at The Masters?
Following Woods’ historic win in 2019, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas was first to post Masters futures and listed Tiger as the 2020 Masters favorite at 8-1 (+800). Next in line was Dustin Johnson (12-1) and Rory McIlroy (12-1), but both those golfers odds have dipped slightly since.
Brooks Koepka is now the 2020 Masters favorite as low as +800 at DraftKings Sportsbook after Koepka opened at +1600 in mid-April. BetStars has Kopeka at 10-1 (+1000) with Woods still the favorite at +900. FanDuel SportsBook opened Woods at +850 and is holding steady at those odds despite Woods missing the cut at both the PGA Championship and British Open. The Westgate now has Woods at +1200 with Brooks Koepka the favorite at +1000.
The 2020 Masters Tournament will begin on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Koepka also favored at the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship in 2020 will mark the first major championship to be held at a TPC property and the first PGA Championship to be staged in San Francisco. TPC Harding Park is the host from May 14-17, and will be just the second municipally-owned golf course to host the PGA Championship (previous 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, North Carolina).
TPC Harding Park was also the host golf course for the 2009 President’s Cup and in early May 2015 for the WGC-Match Play Championship won by Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy (+950) is one of three golfers with single-digit odds at FanDuel SportsBook to win the 2020 PGA Championship, along with the favorite Brooks Koepka (+750) and Dustin Johnson (+950). Tiger Woods (+1300), Jordan Spieth (+1700), Justin Rose (+1700), Justin Thomas (+1700), Jon Rahm (+2100) and Rickie Fowler (+2100) complete the list of players with odds below 25-1 at FanDuel. DraftKings Sportsbook has similar odds to win on the favorites with Jason Day (+2200), Francesco Molinari (+2200) and Patrick Cantlay (+2500) also among the leading contenders to win the 2020 PGA Championship.
More Koepka love at Winged Foot
The US Open returns to Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY from June 18-21. This will be the sixth time Winged Foot has hosted this prestigious event. The last US Open at Winged Foot was in 2006, and Phil Mickelson had America’s championship in his grasp leading by 2-shots standing on the 16th tee. Mickelson, one of the favorites at the event, had a 1-shot lead when he sent his slicing tee shot way left on the Par 4 18th hole. His ball bounced off a hospitality tent, and what followed was a sequence of mistakes that led to a double-bogey and runner-up finish behind Australian Geoff Ogilvy.
“I still am in shock that I did that,” he said. “I just can’t believe that I did that. I am such an idiot. I can’t believe I couldn’t par the last hole. It really stings.”
Mickelson will be a longshot at the 2020 U.S. Open when he turns 49 years old that weekend. He’s a six-time runner-up at the US Open but will have to beat many strong contenders and top challengers including the three leading favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Brooks Koepka (+800), Dustin Johnson (+900) and Rory McIlroy (+1000) lead the way.
There is hope for Mickelson and other players at long odds, as Gary Woodland was a +8000 winner when he captured the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach.
A Rory rebound at the Open Championship?
In 2020, the Open Championship will return to Royal St George’s for the first time since 2011, when an emotional Darren Clarke fulfilled his boyhood dream of becoming Champion Golfer of the Year. Clarke was a big longshot and captured his first British Open in his 20th start in the event.
McIlroy (+900) is the early favorite to win the 2020 British Open and capture the Claret Jug, much like he was in 2019 before imploding with a quadruple bogey on the first hole of the tournament en route to a missed cut. 2019 champ Shane Lowry is +3300 to defend his title on European soil.