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

We have a betting angle on every single player that matters in the 2022 PGA Championship field. Get to know everyone — from the favorites to the sleepers — and make smarter PGA Championship bets with Covers!

Last Updated: May 16, 2022 12:28 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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More than 150 golfers will head to Southern Hills for the PGA Championship on May 19. With so many players, betting on any golf tournament can be overwhelming — but we’ve got you covered.

The 2022 PGA Championship field

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

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

Our categories

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

Favorites

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

Contenders

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

Sleepers

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 2022 PGA Championship field is capped at 156 golfers. To qualify for the tournament players must fall into one of the categories below: 

  • All past winners of the PGA Championship
  • Recent winners of the Masters (2018–2022)
  • Recent winners of the U.S. Open (2017–2021)
  • Recent winners of The Open Championship (2016–2021)
  • Recent winners of The PLAYERS Championship (2019–2022)
  • Winner of the 2020 Olympic Golf Tournament
  •  Current Senior PGA Champion
  • The leading 15 players, and those tying for 15th place from the previous PGA Championship
  • Finish Top 15 in the previous PGA Championship.
  • Finish Top 20 in the previous PGA Professional Championship.
  • Top 70 from special money list on the PGA Tour from the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson to the 2022 Wells Fargo 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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