Phil Mickelson PGA Championship Win By The Sports Betting Numbers

Written By Stephen Andress on May 23, 2021 - Last Updated on May 24, 2021
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Phil Mickelson had the golf world buzzing Sunday after winning the PGA Championship, and he had the sports betting world buzzing too. You had to go way, way down the board to find odds for a Phil Mickelson PGA Championship win before the start of the tournament.

Mickelson became the oldest player to ever win a major championship at 50-years-old. That broke the record for the oldest PGA Championship winner set by Julius Boros (48 years, 142 days) in 1968.

His age combined with missing the cut in eight of his 14 PGA TOUR events this year with zero top-20 finishes made him an afterthought for all but a lucky few bettors.

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Phil Mickelson PGA Championship Odds: Biggest Longshot Bets

Several sportsbooks reported their largest bets made on Phil Mickelson during PGA Championship week. Those that had Mickelson tickets cashed extremely long odds.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the largest Mickelson payout was $300,0000 on a $1,000 bet at 300-1 odds, seemingly made prior to tournament week. DK also reported a $91,436.79 winner on a $364.29 bet. The wager was placed Tuesday of tournament week at 251-1 odds.

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DK also had another customer bet $178.32 on Mickelson to payout $18,010.32. That was likely a 100-1 live bet made during the tournament’s early rounds.

According to William Hill sportsbook, two bettors placed Phil Mickelson PGA Championship win bets at 200-1 odds that paid out a total of $20,100 each.

At BetMGM Nevada, there were no wagers of that size on Phil. BetMGM’s Scott Shelton, only one $50 bet at those same 200-1 odds that paid out a $10,000 profit.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, a customer in New Jersey placed a $12,500 bet Sunday at +300 odds on Mickelson. The total payout was $50,000. Mickelson held a one-shot lead going into the final round over Brooks Koepka but was an underdog to Koepka (+150) before the start of the final 18 holes at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

But another FanDuel Sportsbook bettor walked away with an even more impressive longshot ticket, hitting at 280-1 odds on a Mickelson bet he placed the night before the start of the first round. Total payout: $28,100.

Biggest Longshot PGA Championship Winners

Here is a list of some of the biggest longshot winners in this major championship’s history, from our PGA Championship betting guide.

  • Phil Mickelson (2021) +20000
  • Keegan Bradley (2011) +15000
  • Jimmy Walker (2016) +12500
  • YE Yang (2009) +12500
  • David Toms (2001) +7000

Implied Probability of Phil Mickelson PGA Championship Win

Below are the implied probabilities of the winning longshot tickets mentioned above for Mickelson’s sixth major championship and second PGA Championship.

OddsImplied Probability
200-1 0.5%

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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