US PGA Championship Betting Offers 2018
The fourth and final golf major, the 2018 PGA Championship is played in mid-August, three weeks before Labor Day, unlike two years ago when it was rescheduled to late July to accommodate the Olympics. Then again I’m not sure why they bothered, most of the top Golfers pulled out of the Olympics when in reality it was because they can earn more cash by missing out on Brazil.
The U.S. PGA Championship enters its 100th centenary year in 2018, established 102 years ago in 1916, and despite its name is a money event the European and Japanese tour as well as the PGA.
Bellerive Country Club, Town and Country, Missouri, hosts the event for the second time, and has been hosting PGA Tour events since the 1950’s, including the US Open in 1965. Event prize money this year is expected to be up on last years $10.5M, when the winner took home $1.89M. As usual we’ve got all the top deals, schedules, event information and more below.
Latest US PGA Championship Offers
Pick any golfer to win the US PGA (£20+) and get £2 for each bogey they hit
2018 PGA Championship Schedule
|Monday 6th August||From 16:00||Practice 1||–|
|Tuesday 7th August||From 16:00||Practice 2||–|
|Wednesday 8th August||From 16:00||Practice 3||–|
|Thursday 9th August||From 19:00||Round 1||BBC|
|Friday 10th August||From 19:30||Round 2||BBC|
|Saturday 11th August||From 16:00||Round 3||BBC|
|Sunday 12th August||From 16:30||Round 4||BBC|
US PGA Championship Format
Qualification and The Field
Similar to the other majors most of the worlds top 100 golfers qualify directly in some way or other for the PGA pinnacle event. Direct entry is granted to a field of 156 players based on the following criteria, the PGA is the only major that is does not allow amateur golfers to qualify:
- All prior PGA Champions
- Last five US Open, Masters and Open winners
- Reigning senior PGA champion
- 15 runners up at the 2017 Championship
- 20 top scorers at the PGA Professional National Championship
- Current top 70 golfers in the official money standings
- All golfers in the previous years Ryder Cup teams so long as they are in the top 100
- Winners of this seasons PGA tour events
- PGA invited players
- Extra spaces are filled by players below the top 70 in the money rankings
As with all majors the PGA Championships proper is played from Thursday to Sunday with four rounds of 18 holes but this was not always the case. During its first 50 years the tournament was a match play event played anywhere between May and December each year. In 1953 the event finally settled to a date in July but remained a match play tournament with a stroke play qualification event. This meant golfers could play in excess of 200 holes over the week.
Despite changing to a stoke play event with 4 rounds and 72 holes in line with other the majors; In the late 50’s and early 1960’s the event began to lose money and interest as players would struggle to play at the Open in the United Kingdom up to a week before the PGA event. In 1965 the Championships moved to mid-August to give a longer gap between majors, the event has remained on this schedule since 1971 with the exception of 2016 where the event was be moved to accommodate golfs inaugural entry into the Olympics in Brazil.
Ties and Playoff
If there is a tie following the final round of the USPGA Championships, the tied players enter into a 3-hole aggregate play off. This is different to The Open which used a 4-hole playoff, The Masters that goes straight to sudden death and The US Open where an entire extra round is played. If players are still tied after three holes the event goes to sudden death until a winner is declared.
2018 Bellerive Country Club
Similar to most other majors the PGA Championship moves around with various host venues used. The 2018 Championship will be held at Bellerive Country Club who are hosting the event for the second time, first hosted in 1992. The venue has also played host to the US Open (1965), US Senior Open (2004), BMW Championship (2008) and Senior PGA (2013).
The Club, west of St Louis in Town and County (Missouri), is considered one of the big four older elite venues in the St Louis area. Founded over 120 years ago in 1897 the club moved a few times before settling on its current site in 1959.
This 18 hole single course club is a long one, measuring 7547 yards or 6901 meters, and favours big hitters. The par 71 course longest hole is the 8th (618 yards, par 5) and the shortest is the 13th (184 yards, par 3).
PGA Championship Venues
In its history the PGA Champs have moved around more than any other major with few courses used more than twice. The most used course, Southern Hills, has held the event just four times. Below you can see a list of upcoming event hosts and most used courses.
|2018||Bellerive Country Club||Missouri (100th Edition)||August||1992|
|2019||Bethpage State Park (Black Course)||Farmingdale, New York||August||First Time|
|2020||TPC Harding Park||San Francisco, California||July||First Time|
|2021||Kiawah Island (Ocean Course)||South Carolina||August||2012|
|2022||Trump National Golf Club||Bedminster, New Jersey||August||First Time|
|2023||Oak Hill Country Club||Rochester, New York||August||1980, 2003, 2013|
Most Used Venues
|Southern Hills Country Club||Tulsa, Oklahoma||4||1970, 1982, 1994, 2007||7,012||1936|
|Atlanta Athletic Club||Johns Creek, Georgia||3||1981, 2001, 2011||7,613||1898|
|Firestone Country Club||Akron, Ohio||3||1960, 1966, 1975||7,283||1929|
|Oakland Hills Country Club||Oakland County, Michigan||3||1972, 1979, 2008||7,445||1916|
|Oakmont Country Club||Plum, Pennsylvania||3||1922, 1951, 1978||7,255||1903|
|Oak Hill Country Club||Pittsford, New York||3||1980, 2003, 2013||7,145||1901|
|Valhalla Golf Club||Louisville, Kentucky||3||1996, 2000, 2014||7,458||1986|
|Whistling Straits||Sheboygan County, Wisconsin||3||2004, 2010, 2015||7,790||1998|
Previous PGA Championship Winners
Most Successful Players (Stroke Play Era)
|Jack Nicklaus||USA||5||1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980|
|Tiger Woods||USA||4||1999, 2000, 2006, 2007|
|Gary Player||South Africa||2||1962, 1972|
|Dave Stockton||USA||2||1970, 1976|
|Raymond Floyd||USA||2||1969, 1982|
|Lee Trevino||USA||2||1974, 1984|
|Larry Nelson||USA||2||1981, 1987|
|Nick Price||Zimbabwe||2||1992, 1994|
|Vijay Singh||Fiji||2||1998, 2004|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||2||2012, 2014|
The table of winners above shows players who have won the PGA Championship at least twice in the stroke play era from 1958 onwards.
PGA Championship Winners Since 2000
|Year||Player||Nationality||Venue||Score (Par)||Winner Prize ($)|
|2018||–||–||Bellerive Country Club||–||1,890,000+|
|2017||Justin Thomas||USA||Quail Hollow Club||276 (-8)||1,890,000|
|2016||Jimmy Walker||USA||Baltusrol||266 (-14)||1,800,000|
|2015||Jason Day||Australia||Whistling Straits||268 (−20)||1,800,000|
|2014||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||Valhalla||268 (−16)||1,800,000|
|2013||Jason Dufner||USA||Oak Hill||270 (−10)||1,445,000|
|2012||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||Kiawah Island||275 (−13)||1,445,000|
|2011||Keegan Bradley||USA||Atlanta Athletic||272 (−8)||1,445,000|
|2010||Martin Kaymer||Germany||Whistling Straits||277 (−11)||1,350,000|
|2009||Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||Hazeltine||280 (−8)||1,350,000|
|2008||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||Oakland Hills||277 (−3)||1,350,000|
|2007||Tiger Woods||USA||Southern Hills||272 (−8)||1,260,000|
|2006||Tiger Woods||USA||Medinah||270 (−18)||1,224,000|
|2005||Phil Mickelson||USA||Baltusrol||276 (−4)||1,170,000|
|2004||Vijay Singh||Fiji||Whistling Straits||280 (−8)||1,125,000|
|2003||Shaun Micheel||USA||Oak Hill||276 (−4)||1,080,000|
|2002||Rich Beem||USA||Hazeltine||278 (−10)||990,000|
|2001||David Toms||USA||Atlanta Athletic||265 (−15)||936,000|
|2000||Tiger Woods||USA||Valhalla||270 (−18)||900,000|
|Oldest Winner||Julius Boros||48y 142d||1968|
|Youngest Winner||Gene Sarazen||20y 174d||1922|
|Consecutive Wins||Walter Hagen||4||1924-27|
|Biggest Victory||Rory McIlroy||8 strokes||2012|
|Most Under Par||Jason Day||-20||2015|
|Lowest Final Score||David Toms||265||2001|
|Most Used Venue||Southern Hills||4||First 1970 Last 2007|
History and About the PGA Championship
The formation of the PGA Championship is intricately linked with the beginnings of the United States Golf Association (USGA), the governing body for golf in the USA. In the late 1800’s there were just over 40 registered golf courses in the US with two unofficial events held for amateurs each year; one held at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, which went on to become the US Open, and another at St Andrews in New York. In 1894 St Andrews also held an unsanctioned event for professional golfers, in the controversy that followed the USGA was formed.
In the middle of the first world war in 1916 professional golfers from the Wykagyl Country Club met to in a meeting organized by Rodman Wanamaker to prepare an agenda for the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). Just over a month later the PGA was established in New York with Robert White, a professional at Wykagyl, named first president.
The very first PGA Championship was held later in the October of 1916 at the Siwanoy Country Club in New York. Englishman Jim Barnes won the inaugural event collecting a prize money of $500 along with a gold medal containing diamond studs. The event was not held in 1917 or 1918 due to the first world war and it Barnes won the next event in 1919 on its return.
For nearly half a century the event was a match play competition and in the early years it was American Walter Hagan who dominated winning the event five times and four times on the trot (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927). Despite an Englishman winning the first two titles the PGA was won only by US nationals up until 1947 when Australian Jim Ferrier won the event at Plum Hollow in Michigan.
In 1957 the PGA event lost money and it was decided to change the event from a match play to a stroke play tournament. The 1958 tournament was the first to be held over the standard 72 holes with four rounds to the finish. American Dow Finsterwald won the first PGA Championship stroke play major at Llanerch Country Club in Pennsylvania.
In the early 1960’s the event, held in late July, began to be snubbed by some of the top players due to the proximity of the Open Championship in Britain. In 1965 the event moved to August and by the 70s was permanently fixed in August. That was until 2016 when golf first became an Olympic sport requiring the event to move back to a late July slot. With so many golfers snubbing the Olympics it remains to be seen whether the same will happen at the next Olympics in 2020.
The PGA Championship in the modern era has only really seen two great dominant players. Jack Nicklaus who won the even five times between 1963 and 1980 and Tiger Woods winning on four occasions between 1999 and 2007. No player has won the event consecutively in the modern stroke play era.
In the history of the tournament the USA as expected has produce the most wins with 78 from 56 players. Australia is second with 5 wins from 5 players with England (Jim Barnes), South Africa (Gary Player), Zimbabwe (Nick Price), Figi (Vijay Singh) and Northern Ireland (Rory McIlroy) all having 2 wins from one player.
Location and Courses
On the whole the PGA Championship is an Eastern US event, it has to this date only been played on ten occasions in the Western half of the country. The last time the tournament was held in the west was in Sahalee east of Seattle in 1998 however the event is due to return to California for the first time since 1995 with TPC Harding Park in San Francisco due to host the 2020 event. New York lays claim to the title of most frequent hosts having held the Championships on no less than 12 occasions followed by Ohio with 11 and Pennsylvania with 9.
In its history the event has been played at some small and obscure courses with a desire to move around as much as possible. These days the PGA Championship is restricted to a smaller range of more prestigious courses.
The PGA Championship trophy is named after Ronald Wanamaker, the organiser of the meeting that set up the USGA and driving force behind the creation of the PGA. Wanamaker donated the diamond studded golf medal that was awarded to Jim Barnes at the first Championship in 1916 and later donated a trophy that was named in his honour. The initial silver cup was lost in the 1928 by 5 time winner Walter Hagan who claimed to have entrusted it to a taxi driver. The trophy was however rediscovered in 1930 strangely it was found in the factory that made Walter Hagan branded golf clubs. Suspicious or what!
The original cup is now housed in the PGA Historical Center in Florida with an exact replica given to the winner each year. The player can keep the trophy for a year before returning it and they also receive a smaller replica to keep.
Name and Prize Money
The PGA suffered a down turn in popularity in the 1990’s requiring the slogan “glory’s last chance” to remind players and spectators alike that this was in fact still a major. This irked the PGA Tour organisers who felt this hurt the prestige of subsequent events such as the Fed Ex cup that follow the Championship. This tag line was dropped in 2013, it is said, in exchange for the PGA Tour rearranging its schedule to give players more rest before the Ryder Cup.
The first ever winner Jim Barnes received $500 when he won the event for the first time in 1916. This rose progressively until the last every champion of the match play era won $8000 in 1957 but as the event lost money that year the first winner of the stroke play era in 1958 won just $5,500.
Jack Nicklaus won $13,000 when he won it for the first time in 1963 with the prize money rising to $60,000 by the fifth and last time he won it in 1980. Tiger Woods picked up $630,000 when he first won the Championship in 1999 and the first player to win over a million dollars was Shuan Micheel winning $1,080,000 in 2003. By the time Tiger Woods won his fourth and last title in 2007 the fund for the winner hit $1,260,000.
In 2017 the prize fund overall rose to $10,500,000 with $1,890,000 for the winner. This is expected to rise further for the 2018 tournament.