5 Biggest Golf Longshots To Win PGA Championship

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
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This tournament is one of the PGA’s four major events. Unlike the biggest Masters longshots, held at Augusta National annually, the PGA Championship rotates its location like the other two golf majors. It’s set for May 16-19 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Let’s dive back into the history books to reminisce over the all-time biggest PGA Championship longshots to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.

5 Biggest Longshots To Win PGA Championship

5. David Toms (+7000, 2001)

Speaking of Woods, the 25-year-old had won the previous four majors consecutively and five of the last eight—including the two previous PGA Championships—entering this one. Unsurprisingly, his +300 odds were the shortest on the board, but Woods finished tied at 29th.

Meanwhile, Toms went four under in the opening round before grabbing a share of the lead into the weekend. Then, he went five under to nab a solo lead and remained in first by a single stroke over Phil Mickelson, who had yet to win a major at that juncture. Tom’s third-round ace loomed large, but he was in a groove all weekend long.

David Toms reacts to his 243-yard, five wood hole-in-one on the par-3, 15th hole Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at the PGA Championship in Duluth, Ga.
(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

T3. Y.E. Yang (+12500, 2009)

Woods was in the mix again, but not to his usual standard. He had nearly an 82% implied probability of winning ahead of the final round.

Nevertheless, his fourth-round score of 75 opened the floodgates. Yang capitalized by going two under par to win by three strokes. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington deserved a secondary hockey assist, recording a quintuple bogey on the par-3 8th.

With a one-stroke lead on the final hole, Yang’s hybrid 3-iron cleared the bunker, trickling 12 feet from the cylindrical cup. He became the first Asian-born golfer to win a men’s major championship.

Y.E. Yang, of South Korea, poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 91st PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

T3. Jimmy Walker (+12500, 2016)

Pre-tournament favorites Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy stood in Walker’s way of a historic win. Day shot a 67 in the final round, but Walker matched him to take home the Wanamaker Trophy. Soon after winning his only major championship, he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, preventing him from competing at his best.

Jimmy Walker poses with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Sunday, July 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

2. Keegan Bradley (+15000, 2011)

Bradley provided golf fans (and bettors alike) with one of the most memorable turnarounds in major championship history. With three holes to play, he overcame a five-shot deficit after his chip shot darted into the water, resulting in a triple bogey. Bradley then tallied back-to-back birdies, including a 35-footer that snuck in on the 17th hole.

His performance culminated with a birdie in the playoff, resulting in a one-shot victory.

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In this Aug. 14, 2011 file photo, Keegan Bradley celebrates on the 18th green after winning a three-hole playoff against Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship golf tournament in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

1. Phil Mickelson (+25000, 2021)

Phil beats Father Time.

Mickelson notched his sixth major victory, winning at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., at six under par.

He took down Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen, who both finished -4. At 50 years old, he became the oldest player ever to win a major championship, eclipsing Julius Boros, who was 48 when he claimed the 1968 PGA Championship.

Mickelson’s last test before glory came on the par-3 17th, evading disaster in the water. He then hacked out from lengthy grass and two-putted for bogey, sustaining a two-shot cushion over Oosthuizen. On the final hole, Mickelson landed on the left rough before safely finding the putting surface. Two putts later, Mickelson delivered the biggest upset in PGA Championship history.

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Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the final round at the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Kiawah Island, S.C.
(AP Photo/Matt York)

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