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Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2022 PGA Championship

This year’s 104th PGA Championship will be played on the famed Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The PGA Championship is organized by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.

PGA Champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors for the next five years and are exempt from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life. Winners also receive membership on the PGA and European Tours for the following five seasons and invitations to the PLAYERS Championship for five years.

The PGA Championship features the strongest field of any of the majors based on the Official World Golf Ranking, with 156 players competing annually for the Wanamaker Trophy.

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This year’s host course is the world renowned Southern Hills Country Club. Southern Hills was a late replacement venue when the PGA of America moved the tournament from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in early 2021

PGA Championship Qualification Criteria

  • Each former PGA Champion.
  • Last five Masters winners.
  • Last five Open Championship winners.
  • Last three Players Championship winners.
  • Senior PGA Champion.
  • Low 15 scorers and ties in the last PGA Championship.
  • The 20 low scorers in the previous PGA Professional Championship.
  • Top 70 in money standings on the PGA Tour (from a week before the previous year’s PGA Championship to two weeks before this year’s PGA Championship).
  • Players from the most recent US and European Ryder teams, as long as they are in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of 9th May.
  • Any tournament winner co-sponsored or sanctioned by the PGA Tour since the last PGA Championship.
  • The PGA of America can invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
  • The total field is no more than 156 players. Players beneath 70th place in official money standings can also receive an invite.

Course Overview

Southern Hills Country Club is a private member-owned country club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Perry Maxwell originally designed the Championship Course which opened for play in in 1936.

In 2018, Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner restored the championship course to reflect Maxwell’s original vision. The ‘spiritual’ restoration of the original design meant thinning out many of the course’s trees, rebuilding greens, redoing bunkers and pushing fairway lines out to the original dimensions.

During each of the seven previous majors at Southern Hills, treelined fairways and challenging rough were the norm, especially in the 2001 US Open and the 2007 PGA Championships. With newly opened holes, new bunkers and exposed green edges, Southern Hills will have a different look and feel from previous majors played at the Oklahoma venue.

Major Winners at Southern Hills

  • 1958 US Open (Tommy Bolt)
  • 1970 PGA Championship (Dave Stockton)
  • 1977 US Open (Hubert Green)
  • 1982 PGA Championship (Raymond Floyd)
  • 1994 PGA Championship (Nick Price)
  • 2001 US Open (Retief Goosen)
  • 2007 PGA Championship (Tiger Woods)

The big take away from the restoration works is that a lot of the perimeter hole placements have been brought back into play. Taking on these new hole locations around the edges will require precision and holding greens will be difficult. Southern Hills is a 7,556 yard Par 70 with small greens which will make getting close to pins the standout challenge this week.

“We hear all the time about the ‘Maxwell rolls’ and some of the internal contours you see on so many of his greens, but at Southern Hills the rolling really occurs on the periphery of the greens. A lot of them roll off to the edges. The players are going to learn to respect the edges of those greens because if you get anywhere near them, [the ball is] going off.”

Gil Hanse

Southern Hills Scorecard | 2022 PGA Championship

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Southern Hills is a second-shot golf course, with elevation and inclines that can serve up awkward lies from the fairways. Short grass around greens with repelling edges coupled with potential wicked hole locations means that players must approach with caution.

It goes without saying that Major Championships are not tournaments to arrive at trying ‘to-find-your-game‘. History tells us that excellent Current Form is key this week. 

2021 PGA Championship | Phil Mickelson

Venue Kiawah Island

Winning Score -6 (282)

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Phil Mickelson
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2020 PGA Championship | Collin Morikawa

Venue Harding Park

Winning Score -13 (267)

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Collin Morikawa
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In 2020, 23-year old Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship in only his second Major appearance. At one point during the final round there were seven players in a tie for the lead. However, Morikawa emerged from the pack to win on a score of -13 (267), two strokes clear of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.

The California native produced the shot of the tournament with a magical drive to within 8ft on the 296 yard Par 4 16th. He sank the eagle putt that ultimately secured the title.

“As an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year, but to finally close it off and come out here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years, is pretty special.”

Collin Morikawa

Morikawa excelled with the putter around Harding Park topping the pile in the Strokes Gained Putting category. This translated to a gain of 8.076 strokes or just over 50% of his overall strokes gained for the week. Other stats include 5th for Driving Accuracy, T53 for Driving Distance, T8 for GIR and T15 for Putts per GIR.

2019 PGA Championship | Brooks Koepka

Venue Bethpage Black

Winning Score -8 (272)

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Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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Like the previous year, it was a ball-striking master-class from the tee and on approach that laid the foundation for Koepka’s back-to-back PGA Championship wins. He finished 1st in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green stat gaining a staggering 17.354 strokes on the field average for the week.

A little over half Koepka’s overall strokes gained on the field came from his approach play, topping the pile in GIR. He finished 1st for Birdies racking up a total of 19 for the week. Other stats for the week include T44 for Driving Accuracy, 10th for Driving Distance and 46th for Strokes Gained Putting.

2018 PGA Championship | Brooks Koepka

Venue Bellerive CC

Winning Score -16 (264)

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Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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Koepka delivered a ball-striking master-class around Bellerive CC gaining almost 12 strokes on the field average in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This accounted for almost 75% of his shots gained for the tournament.

Koepka also drained his fair share of putts finishing 18th in Strokes Gained Putting. He finished 3rd for Birdies racking up a total of 22 for the week. Other stats for the tournament include T14 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Driving Distance, T15 for GIR and 3rd in Putts per GIR.

2017 PGA Championship | Justin Thomas

Venue Quail Hollow

Winning Score -8 (276)

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Justin Thomas
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JT’s game tee-to-green was solid all week finishing just outside the Top 10 for the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. In particular his approach play was strong delivering almost a quarter of his overall strokes gained for the week. However, it was a hot putter that sealed the deal for Thomas.

He finished 4th in the Strokes Gained Putting stat which equated to almost half his overall gain. He finished 1st for Birdies racking up a total of 20. Other stats for the week include T62 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T17 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

PGA Championship Winning Formula

The following table details the breakdown of the Average Strokes Gained in each of the strokes gained categories for the past five champions of the PGA Championship.

SG CategoryWinner’s Average
Strokes Gained
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In summary, this week is all about distance accuracy, holding the green, three-putt avoidance, keeping big numbers off the card and trying to convert chances when they present

PGA Championship Tips

Hideki Matsuyama golf betting tipsHideki Matsuyama 28/1 (E/W) – no surprise that the Japanese maestro is a regular at the PGA Championship with his last five results reading T5-T35-T16-T22-T23. The 29-year old is already a multiple winner this season with victories in the ZOZO Championship and Sony Open. He also finished an eye-catching T3 in last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson which included a final round -10 (62). The tee-to-green machine places 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 8th on Tour for Birdie Average and 7th for GIR. When Hideki gets hot it is wise to sit up and take notice. Fits the archetype for success this week and could add a second Major to his 2021 Green Jacket.

Shane Lowry golf betting tipsShane Lowry 33/1 (E/W) – the Irishman has good history at the PGA Championship with a T12 in 2018 at Bellerive, a T8 in 2019 at Bethpage and a T4 last year at Kiawah Island. From ten starts this season, he has three Top 10’s among six Top 25’s, including a T3 at the Masters. A solid all-round game puts the 35-year old 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis, no mean feat considering the field depth and strength. Currently 13th on Tour for Strokes Gained Putting and 3rd for Scoring Average. A noted short-game specialist, his prospect improves proportionally with course difficulty.

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