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Rory McIlroy could be on the verge of doing something very, very special. And to think, a few months ago the talk surrounding McIlroy was whether or not he would be able to regain his Major Championship form.
Two victories in a row that began with the British Open has quickly changed the landscape of that conversation heading into the 2014 PGA Championship this week that begins on Thursday.
McIlroy followed up the Open Championship win with a victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, holding off a familiar foe in Sergio Garcia. Coincidentally Garcia finished runner-up to McIlroy at the British Open. Garcia has actually finished in second in each of his last three events, and could be a top contender heading into the week at Valhalla.
But the biggest storyline is McIlroy; well that and Tiger Woods’ back. Just when you thought that he might actually be healthy, Woods withdrew at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational during Sunday’s final round. Though Woods’ agent claimed as recently as Tuesday that the 14-time Major Championship winner is not being ruled out to play in the PGA Championship.
Until told otherwise, oddsmakers will set Woods with a payout heading into Thursday. But that payout has Woods set outside of the top-10 favorites to win the 2014 PGA Championship.
When was the last time that happened?
At 33/1, Woods is almost considered to be a longshot to win his 15th Major title, and rightfully so. But at the top of the list of PGA Championship payouts is McIlroy at 9/2. He is more than twice the favorite to the nearest contenders, with Adam Scott at 11/1 and Justin Rose at 16/1.
Garcia is right up there as well with Rose at 16/1, and along with McIlroy might be the trendy pick to win. The difference between McIlroy and Garcia though comes in terms of the wins. McIlroy has three Major wins, Garcia has none. But one thing that Garcia has certainly proved to himself of late is that he is good enough to get the job done. Fifteen years ago the world became aware of Garcia, who battled Woods down to the finish in the 1999 PGA Championship. Perhaps that could come full circle with Garcia getting the first Major of his career?
One player you shouldn’t forget is Rickie Fowler. He is the only player in the world to record three top-five finishes in the three Major Championships so far. He has put himself in great position and appears ready to get into the winner’s circle.
The PGA Championship betting lines will be up until the start of the opening round, but then will be revised following the conclusion of each day. LatestBettingOdds.com has the live lines listed below.