Cameron Smith secured his fifth career PGA Tour title at the Players Championship in March, collecting $3.6 million in the process. Smith has finished on top of the leaderboard twice this season and will try to win his first major at the 2022 PGA Championship, which gets underway on Thursday, May 19, from Southern Hills Championship Course in Tulsa. With a victory at Southern Hills, Smith will become the first Australian to win the PGA Championship since Jason Day in 2015.
The latest 2022 PGA Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Smith at 16-1, the same as two-time major champion Dustin Johnson. Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm are going off as the 11-1 co-favorites, while Tiger Woods is among the 2022 PGA Championship long shots at 40-1.Before locking in your 2022 PGA Championship picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June 2020. In fact, it’s up almost $7,500 on its best bets since that point, nailing tournament after tournament.
At the 2022 Masters, McClure’s model was all over Scottie Scheffler’s first career major championship victory heading into the weekend. The model also nailed Tiger Woods’ exact finishing position at Augusta National before the tournament started (47th). In addition, McClure’s best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright at the 2021 Open Championship, even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 long shot.
This same model has also nailed a whopping eight majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.
Now that the 2022 PGA Championship field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected 2022 PGA Championship leaderboard.
Model’s top 2022 PGA Championship predictions
One huge shocker the model is calling for at the PGA Championship 2022: McIlroy, a 20-time PGA Tour champion and one of the top favorites, stumbles at Southern Hills and barely cracks the top 10. McIlroy had a sensational showing at the Masters, securing a runner-up finish at Augusta National. McIlroy has now finished 13th or better in four of his six starts this season.
However, McIlroy has struggled at the PGA Championship since lifting the Wanamaker Trophy in 2014. In fact, the 32-year-old has finished outside the top 30 in three of his last four starts at the PGA Championship. In addition, McIlroy is hitting less than 60 percent of fairways off the tee this season, which doesn’t bode well for his chances to finish on top of the leaderboard at Southern Hills. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in a loaded 2022 PGA Championship field.
The model has also revealed where Tiger Woods will finish in the 2022 PGA Championship. Woods put on a valiant effort at Augusta National, making the cut and finishing 47th just 14 months after suffering a serious leg injury during a single car crash. Woods opened with a one-under 71 at Augusta National, but back-to-back 78s on the weekend spoiled his return to competition.
Woods’ ball-striking was on full display at the Masters, and the 15-time major champion will have a much easier walk at Southern Hills compared to the severe undulations at Augusta National. Woods has won 82 events on the PGA Tour in his career, tied with Sam Snead for the most ever. He’s finished on top of the leaderboard four times at the PGA Championship, and the model just locked in its Tiger Woods PGA Championship picks here.