PGA Championship odds: Rory McIlroy drops, Tiger Woods overwhelming favorite

Stuart Franklin

The top three players in the world start the season's final major with their games in completely different places.

Tiger Woods will always be the favorite. This should never surprise you or catch you off-guard. He is the public face of golf, and regardless of whatever form he's in, the oddsmakers will put him up top as the betting favorite. But the Tiger Woods who's won five times in a season, including by seven strokes the previous week, is going to be in a separate class when it comes to setting the lines. And much like the season's first three majors, Tiger is an overwhelming favorite, and barring a meltdown early, he'll probably stay that way until the weekend. He begins the week at 7/2.

The No. 2 player in the world, Phil Mickelson, is trying to double up at the majors this season and win his sixth at another one of the world's classic layouts. Mickelson's second place at Merion, his sixth runner-up at the U.S. Open, was probably the toughest loss of his career. But he then followed that up with two wins in Scotland, including what he called the biggest accomplishment of his golfing life, the 66 on Sunday at Muirfield that sealed up an elusive British Open. Mickelson emphatically stated after that victory that he's playing the best golf of his life, adding to the narrative earlier that week when he indicated he had found his "secret" to putting. Phil was spotty last week in Akron, but he'll be in the hunt this week and is 14/1.

Rory McIlroy, the No. 3 player in the world and the defending champion at this event, is down the board a bit at 28/1. It was McIroy, and not Mickelson, who was the one trying to chase down Tiger at the first couple majors this season. But the Northern Irishman has never been comfortable, missing it both ways off the tee, taking incoming fire about his equipment switch to Nike as well as his dating life, and simply not contending at any of the biggest events. It's unlikely Rory finds it this week, but he has the talent to put it together for four days and he did seem encouraged by some stretches at Firestone. There are still, however, plenty of better options among the 20 or 25 other names around him.

Here are the odds with a little more than a day to go. Former PGA champs Rich Beem and Mark Brooks aren't getting much love, down with all the club pro qualifiers at 1000/1.

Player Odds
Tiger Woods 7/2
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Rory McIlroy 28/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Jason Dufner 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Lee Westwood 33/1
Luke Donald 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Dustin Johnson 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Bill Haas 50/1
Bubba Watson 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Sergio Garcia 50/1
Steve Stricker 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 55/1
Graeme McDowell 60/1
Ian Poulter 60/1
Jim Furyk 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Angel Cabrera 80/1
Jordan Spieth 80/1
Rickie Fowler 80/1
Ernie Els 100/1
Hideki Matsuyama 100/1
Ryan Moore 100/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Chris Kirk 125/1
Harris English 125/1
Nick Watney 125/1
Padraig Harrington 125/1
Paul Casey 125/1
Peter Hanson 125/1
Richard Sterne 125/1
Ryan Palmer 125/1
Bo Van Pelt 150/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Carl Pettersson 150/1
Francesco Molinari 150/1
Fredrik Jacobson 150/1
Gary Woodland 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
George Coetzee 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
Graham Delaet 150/1
Jamie Donaldson 150/1
John Senden 150/1
Jonas Blixt 150/1
K.J. Choi 150/1
Kevin Chappell 150/1
Kevin Streelman 150/1
Kyle Stanley 150/1
Martin Laird 150/1
Matteo Manassero 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 150/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 150/1
Robert Garrigus 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Stewart Cink 150/1
Thomas Bjorn 150/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Tim Clark 150/1
Alexander Noren 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 200/1
Boo Weekley 200/1
Brendon De Jonge 200/1
Brooks Koepka 200/1
Charles Howell III 200/1
Charley Hoffman 200/1
Chris Stroud 200/1
Chris Wood 200/1
David Lingmerth 200/1
David Lynn 200/1
David Toms 200/1
Davis Love III 200/1
John Merrick 200/1
Josh Teater 200/1
Ken Duke 200/1
Marc Leishman 200/1
Marcel Siem 200/1
Paul Lawrie 200/1
Peter Uihlein 200/1
Roberto Castro 200/1
Scott Piercy 200/1
Scott Stallings 200/1
Shane Lowry 200/1
Stephen Gallacher 200/1
Yong-Eun Yang 200/1
Ben Curtis 250/1
Brian Gay 250/1
D-A Points 250/1
David Hearn 250/1
Jason Kokrak 250/1
Jimmy Walker 250/1
John Huh 250/1
Joost Luiten 250/1
Luke Guthrie 250/1
Michael - H Thompson 250/1
Mikko Ilonen 250/1
Rafael Cabrera -Bello 250/1
Richie Ramsay 250/1
Sang Moon Bae 250/1
Thongchai Jaidee 250/1
Vijay Singh 250/1
Brett Rumford 300/1
Danny Willett 300/1
Darren Clarke 300/1
Kevin Stadler 300/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 300/1
Lucas Glover 300/1
Marc Warren 300/1
Marcus Fraser 300/1
Matt Every 300/1
Pablo Larrazabal 300/1
Ryo Ishikawa 300/1
Scott Jamieson 300/1
Woody Austin 300/1
Brendan Jones 500/1
Charlie Beljan 500/1
Derek Ernst 500/1
Hiroyuki Fujita 500/1
Jaco Van Zyl 500/1
Paul McGinley 500/1
Scott Brown 500/1
Shaun Micheel 500/1
Tom Watson 500/1
Tommy Gainey 500/1
Bob Gaus 1000/1
Bob Sowards 1000/1
Caine Fitzgerald 1000/1
Chip Sullivan 1000/1
Daniel Balin 1000/1
David McNabb 1000/1
David Muttitt 1000/1
J.C Anderson 1000/1
Jeff Martin 1000/1
Jeff Sorenson 1000/1
Kirk Hanefield 1000/1
Kohki Idoki 1000/1
Lee Rhind 1000/1
Mark Brooks 1000/1
Mark Brown 1000/1
Mark Sheftic 1000/1
Mike Small 1000/1
Rich Beem 1000/1
Rob Labritz 1000/1
Rod Perry 1000/1
Ryan Polzin 1000/1
Sonny Skinner 1000/1
Stuart Smith 1000/1

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