Justin Thomas, ranked No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was forced to withdraw from the PGA Championship on Monday due to a wrist injury. He’s being replaced in the field by world No. 192 Kelly Kraft.
The 2017 PGA Championship winner is now the only member of the top 100 players in the world ranking not scheduled to participate in the second Major of 2019. The field at the Bethpage Black course in Long Island remains completely stacked, but Thomas’ withdrawal punctuates what’s been dynamic movement among the tournament favorites and those nearest the top of the world ranking.
Rory, Dustin now favored to win
Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods was the betting favorited as of Friday, boasting odds of +700 (7/1) at DraftKings Sportsbook and +850 at FanDuel Sportsbook. But the odds moved aggressively over the weekend, and now World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and No. 4 Rory McIlroy lead the way with the lowest odds at the sportsbooks.
Johnson moved into a tie with Tiger over the weekend at +1100 at FanDuel. Meanwhile, McIlroy climbed to +1000 on DraftKings, where Woods is also +1100.
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Woods had been a solo favorite since his fifth-career green jacket victory at Augusta National in April. The odds for both golfers rose over the last few days to their current level. Tiger’s increase could be due to an early Thursday tee time (8:24 a.m. Eastern) when the weather is expected to be the worst of the whole weekend with the highest chance of rain and coldest temperature.
The 26-year-old Thomas had previously been listed at +1300 and +1600 as the fifth and seventh favorite at FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbooks, respectively.
Other odds moving quickly
World No. 8 Bryson DeChambeau plummetted from +2100 and +2000 since Friday at FanDuel and DraftKings. He was +4000 at both sportsbooks as of Monday evening.
Jordan Spieth is now listed as the 17th-most likely to win the tournament at +4800 on FanDuel after being +2900 on Friday.
Reigning Open champion and last year’s sixth-place finisher at the PGA Championship, Francesco Molinari, has had his odds drop from +2100 to +2900 over the weekend.
Among this week’s favorites, only Brooks Koepka and Spieth participated in last weekend’s AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing fourth and T29, respectively, in a weak field. Sung Kang, ranked 138th in the world before his win at the Byron Nelson, moved to 75th in the OWGR and gained entry into the PGA Championship. He is listed at +20000 (200/1) to win the tournament on FanDuel Sportsbook.
In general, the odds for all the marquee players in the field are moving up and toward the rest of the pack as we near Thursday’s scheduled 6:45 a.m. Eastern start time. Following this trend, those wanting to place a wager on a tournament favorite should be waiting until Wednesday night or early Thursday morning in hopes of being given a more lucrative number.