The PGA Championship Field: Favorites, Sleepers, Long Shots, and More

We've taken a betting angle on every single player that matters in the 2021 PGA Championship field. Get to know everyone — from the favorites to the sleepers — and make smarter PGA Championship bets with Covers!

Last Updated: May 13, 2021 11:23 AM ET
Rory McIlroy gives a fist bump after securing his third Wells Fargo championship during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. - Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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More than 150 golfers will head to Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship on May 20. With so many players, betting any golf tournament can be overwhelming — but we’ve got you covered.

We've categorized all golfers that matter for the PGA Championship into favorites, contenders, sleepers, long shots, and those that would need a miracle to pull off a win. We've also added their odds to win, recent form, and some analysis so you can make smarter PGA Championship wagers. 

The 2021 PGA Championship field

Click on a category to filter the golfers:

Our categories

We've broken down the field into the following six categories:


Favorites for the PGA Championship are who we think are the best in the field. They are priced at the top of the odds board with the highest expectations to win.


These golfers are popular names that are likely to be in the mix but with a little bit longer odds than the favorites.


Our sleeper picks are the golfers that are in great form or have the skill set to compete at the PGA Championship and will likely be off the radar for most bettors.

Long shots

A long shot to win the PGA  Championship carries a big risk, but usually a big payout potential. These golfers aren’t the best in the field but could pull off the surprise upset.

Needs a miracle

These golfers are unlikely to be near the top of the leaderboard during the tournament, but you never know. These are the longest of odds that need to get very, very lucky to have a chance.

How is the PGA championship field made?

The 2021 PGA Championship field is capped at 156 golfers. To qualify for the tournament players must fall into one of the categories below: 

  • Be among the Top 70 money winners on the PGA Tour that season.
  • Be a former PGA Championship winner.
  • Be one of the previous five winners of the U.S. Open/Masters/Open Championship.
  • Be one of the previous three winners of The PLAYERS Championship.
  • Be the reigning PGA Senior Tour champion
  • Finish Top 15 in the previous PGA Championship.
  • Finish Top 20 in the previous PGA Professional Championship.
  • Be a member of the most recent United States/European Ryder Cup teams.
  • Win a PGA-approved or co-sponsored tournament since the last PGA Championship was played.

Where can I bet on PGA Championship golfers?

With the PGA Championship being the second Major of the season, all sportsbooks and betting sites will offer PGA Championship odds. The trick is finding one that is reputable, trustworthy, and has all the bells and whistles you're looking for. Look no further Check out our recommendations for the best golf betting sites before you deposit and start betting. 

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