Women’s PGA Championship Odds: Sportsbooks Favor Usual Suspects For Third Major

Posted By Derek Helling on June 21, 2021

Continuing in the LPGA Tour’s busy early summer schedule is the third of five majors in 2021, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Legal online sportsbooks around the country are getting their golf betting markets live, so it’s time to tee up a look at the betting odds.

The field includes all of the top players on the tour, including a recent three-peat champion and most of the top 10 players in the Race to CME Globe point standings. Those players are unsurprisingly among the favorites to win but there are some better values available.

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KPMG Championship betting odds

2021 Women's PGA Championship Odds

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Inbee Park
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+1200
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+1400
Jin Young Ko
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+1400
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+1800
Nelly Korda
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+1400
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+1600
Sei Young Kim
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+1400
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+1800
Brooke M. Henderson
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+1600
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+2800
So Yeon Ryu
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+1800
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+2000
Lexi Thompson
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+2000
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+2000
Lydia Ko
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+2200
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+2200
Ariya Jutanugarn
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+2500
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+2500
Shanshan Feng
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+2800
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+2200
Hyo Joo Kim
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+2800
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+2500
Moriya Jutanugarn
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+2800
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+3500
Danielle Kang
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+2800
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+2500
Jessica Korda
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+2800
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+2800
Ally Ewing
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+4000
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+4000
Hannah Green
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+4000
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+4000
Carlota Ciganda
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+4500
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+6600
In Gee Chun
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+4500
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+4000
Jennifer Kupcho
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+4500
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+6600
Patty Tavatanakit
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+4500
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+4000
Xiyu Lin
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+4500
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+5000

View the Women’s PGA Championship odds for all of the golfers in the 2021 LPGA major at top US sportsbooks like BetMGM Sportsbook, BetRivers Sportsbook, and DraftKings Sportsbook.

Top players at the Atlanta Athletic Club

Leading the list of contenders here is Inbee Park, who won this event three years in a row from 2013-2015. Since then, Park also has two top-10 finishes and was the runner-up in 2019. She did also miss the cut twice since her last win in this event, however.

Also among the shortlist of favorites are other past winners. Those include:

  • 2020: Sei Young Kim
  • 2019: Hannah Green
  • 2018: Sung Hyun Park
  • 2017: Danielle Kang
  • 2016: Brooke M. Henderson

Sei Young Kim, Jin Young Ko, and Nelly Korda are all without wins in the Women’s PGA. However, Korda is coming off a win in the Meijer LPGA Classic last weekend. Kim and Ko both rank in the top 15 of the CME Globe standings and top three of the Rolex Rankings. Also, Korda finished third in this event in 2019.

Course and tournament information

  • Course: Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Location: Johns Creek, Georgia
  • Par: 72 / Yardage: 6,831
  • Date: June 24-27
  • Purse: $4.5 million, $675,000 to the winner
  • Coverage: Golf Channel, NBC, Peacock

The overarching theme of the course is making the most of opportunities when they present themselves. Between several dog legs and narrow greens, the windows to pick up birdies are narrow. The ability to hit greens off the tee consistently, even prioritzing that over distance, could prove pivotal.

Key stats

If you’re prioritizing the ability to hit greens in regulation because of the layout of the course, it’s difficult to look past Henderson. She currently leads the tour in that statistic at 78.2%. Ko ranks eighth in that category as well at 76.7%.

Park is the only of the top contenders who ranks highly on the tour in another relevant metric; driving accuracy. So far this year, she’s hit 317 of out 392 possible fairways, converting those chances at an 80.9% clip. That’s a big part of why she’s leading the tour in scoring average (69.321) right now as well.

What about longer shots in the “to win” futures markets? Among the names that bettors also might be looking at is current CME Globe points leader Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson. It’s not that difficult to make a case for either.

Thompson is just off Henderson’s pace for greens in regulation (77.4%) but has struggled a bit in comparison to her peers when it’s come to hitting fairways reliably, doing just about seven out of every 10 times. Where Thompson has really excelled so far this season has been in terms of capitalizing on opportunities. She leads the tour with seven eagles so far.

L. Ko has also raced atop the CME standings with her ability to seize momentum. She leads the tour in birdies (164) and sub-par holes (168). The short game has been her bread and butter so far this year, as she’s second on the tour in putts per greens in regulation (1.71). How she fares this week will be all about whether she’s able to position herself to exploit that advantage.

The best values in this week’s KPMG Championship betting odds look like they’ll come from the usual suspects. As with all other golf markets, bettors need to decide how much they value experience and momentum over suitability to the course when making their picks.

Women’s PGA Championship Odds: Top-10 Finish Market

Park has finished top 10 in seven of her nine events this season and 11 of her 14 tournaments dating back to last season. That’s a 78.6% rate of finishing in the top 10. However, Park’s odds to finish top 10 this week at DraftKings Sportsbook are +163, an implied probability of 38%. Park has also finished top 10 in 10 of her last 16 majors since the start of 2018.

Meanwhile, Korda has the same top-10 odds and has finished that highly in 11 of her last 17 tournaments dating back to last year and three of her past nine majors.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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