2019 PGA Championship odds, field: Tiger Woods remains the betting favorite at Bethpage Black

It is not out of the norm for Tiger Woods to be the favorite at a major championship. It happens all the time, though perhaps not in recent years. What's particularly notable this time around is that Woods is actually a deserving favorite this week at Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship.

Take the name "Tiger Woods" out and just look at his statistical profile -- seventh in strokes gained this season, two wins in his last seven stroke play starts, former winner at Bethpage, top 10 in each of the last three majors. Wouldn't you make that player, regardless of his name, the favorite this week? Now add in the fact that it's Tiger freakin' Woods, and it's easy to understand why he's been tabbed as the front-runner at 9-1 over Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, whom are both at 10-1. That doesn't mean he's going to win, of course, but it does mean that he -- I legitimately cannot believe I'm writing this -- should.

Here's a look at everyone who is 20-1 or better before we get to a few of the longer odds. It begins with your 2019 Masters champion in Woods right at the top of the list.

  • Tiger Woods: 9-1
  • Brooks Koepka: 10-1
  • Dustin Johnson: 10-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 12-1
  • Rickie Fowler: 16-1
  • Justin Thomas: 18-1
  • Jon Rahm: 18-1
  • Justin Rose: 20-1

One player who has three straight top 10s at majors -- Francesco Molinari -- is not included on this list. In terms of value, I think there's a lot with Thomas (who hasn't played since the Masters) and Rose (who nearly won Quail Hollow two weeks ago).

Here are the rest of the odds down to the 60-1 guys.

  • Jason Day: 25-1
  • Francesco Molinari: 25-1
  • Tommy Fleetwood: 25-1
  • Xander Schauffele: 25-1
  • Bryson DeChambeau: 30-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 30-1
  • Tony Finau: 30-1
  • Patrick Cantlay: 40-1
  • Matt Kuchar: 50-1
  • Paul Casey: 50-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 50-1
  • Adam Scott: 50-1
  • Patrick Reed: 50-1
  • Louis Oosthuizen: 60-1
  • Phil Mickelson: 60-1
  • Bubba Watson: 60-1
  • Sergio Garcia: 60-1
  • Henrik Stenson: 60-1
  • Gary Woodland: 60-1
  • Kevin Kisner: 60-1
  • Ian Poulter: 60-1

I love Molinari, Casey, Matsuyama, Garcia and Woodland, and I extremely dislike Spieth and Mickelson at those numbers. Regardless, don't let the Tiger headlines and stories distract you. The odds to be had toward the middle here are valuable for former major winners, players with great form or golfers with a nice history at Bethpage (or all three, like Garcia).

So who will win the 2019 PGA Championship, and which long shots stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to see the 2019 PGA Championship projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors, and find out.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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