PGA Tour Betting: Favorites and Long Shots to Target for 2021’s Majors
With two majors already in the books for the 2021 PGA Tour season and a full slate on tap in the New Year, now is a great time to eye up the futures for the four major championship on FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you have a hunch on which golfer may be on the rise, now is the time to get your bets in before the market catches on and shortens your favorite pick after he crushes it in the first couple months.
Below we’ll dive into each of this year’s tournaments and venues, and based on history and course fit, lay out which favorite is worth backing, which golfer can break through for an overdue major win, and which long shot makes for a viable dark horse.
The Masters (April 8 – April 11)
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
Par: 72 | Distance: 7,475
For the second time in six months, Augusta National will host a select field of the world’s best golfers. Dustin Johnson defends his title and opens as the favorite at +750, but even with DJ now at the peak of his powers, it is difficult to believe he can win consecutive Masters. We know what it takes at Augusta — drive the ball well, score on the par 5s, and for the love of all that is holy stay out of the water on 15.
PGA Championship (May 20 – May 23)
Course: Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Resort
Par: 72 | Distance: 7,676
The Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course hugs the Atlantic coastline, with eight holes bordering the ocean and the rest running parallel just inside. Befitting a Dye design, golfers will face all kinds of angles and elevation changes, along with dynamic winds that could potentially make the course play entirely differently over the course of a weekend or even a round.
U.S. Open (June 17 – June 20)
Course: South Course, Torrey Pines GC
Par: 71 | Distance: 7,643
Torrey Pines hosts the U.S. Open for the second time, with the first installment featuring the iconic Monday 18-hole playoff when Tiger Woods — with a badly injured knee — bested Rocco Mediate. We’ll give anything for those kinds of theatrics this year, and you’ll see no complaints about primetime major championship golf at one of the most well-known courses in the country.
The Open Championship (July 15 – July 18)
Course: Royal St. George’s Golf Club
Par: 70 | Distance: 7,211
Royal St. George’s was pushed back to 2021 after the Open was canceled amid traveling concerns. Darren Clarke was the surprise winner back in 2011 when Royal St. George’s last hosted and rated out as the most difficult course on Tour that year. It is a traditional coastal layout, with no foliage to speak of except tall native grasses, and packed with deep pot bunkers.