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Rory McIlroy back at Kiawah PGA Championship as betting favorite

by Will Gray
Updated On: May 18, 2021, 2:33 pm ET

He's the most recent winner of this event at Kiawah Island, and he was a winner in his most recent start. So it's no surprise to see Rory McIlroy head into PGA Championship week as the betting favorite.

McIlroy cruised to victory on the Ocean Course back in 2012, winning his second of four major titles by eight shots. He's also coming off a drought-breaking victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, his first in 18 months and third career win at Quail Hollow. So heading to another venue where he has had some recent success, he's topping the odds chart at PointsBet Sportsbook. McIlroy was listed at +1600 before that Wells Fargo win, then got down as low as +1000 and has now settled at +1100. That puts him ahead of Jon Rahm, in search of his first career major, and Jordan Spieth, who's looking for the final leg of the career Grand Slam.

Dustin Johnson is further back at +1700, as the world No. 1 looks to bounce back from a knee injury that led to his withdrawal from the AT&T Byron Nelson. Defending PGA champ Collin Morikawa is listed at +2500, followed closely by reigning Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama at +2800.

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Here's a look at some of the notable odds for the year's second major, which gets underway Thursday along the South Carolina coast:

Odds to win PGA Championship (via PointsBet)

+1100: Rory McIlroy

+1400: Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth

+1600: Justin Thomas

+1700: Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau

+2000: Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele

+2500: Collin Morikawa

+2800: Hideki Matsuyama

+3000: Daniel Berger

+3500: Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed

+4000: Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer, Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson, Sam Burns, Cameron Smith, Scottie Scheffler

+5000: Corey Conners, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Will Zalatoris

+6000: Sungjae Im, Marc Leishman, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry

+6600: Joaquin Niemann, Keegan Bradley

+7000: Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Si Woo Kim

+8000: Brian Harman, Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia

+9000: Charl Schwartzel, Garrick Higgo, Matt Wallace, Max Homa

+10000: Alex Noren, Billy Horschel, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Ryan Palmer, Robert MacIntyre

+12500: Aaron Wise, Cameron Champ, Cameron Tringale, Charley Hoffman, Chris Kirk, Emiliano Grillo, Rickie Fowler

+15000: Branden Grace, Cameron Davis, Carlos Ortiz, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na, Kevin Streelman, K.H. Lee, Matt Jones, Russell Henley, Stewart Cink

+20000: Danny Willett, Brendan Steele, Dylan Frittelli, Francesco Molinari, Harold Varner III, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Sebastian Munoz, Thomas Pieters, Victor Perez, Zach Johnson

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Will Gray

Will Gray is the Manager of College Sports & Golf Content for NBC Sports EDGE. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC