A Gambling History of the PGA
With such an extensive history, it should come as no surprise to learn that the PGA Championship has been held at dozens of different golf courses, some now defunct or no longer PGA venues. Siwanoy Country Club in Eastchester, New York hosted the first PGA Championship, and over the next decade the event was held in the same general region of the United States.
In more recent times however, the PGA Championship has been held at some of the most respected and visually stunning venues across the United States. In 2009, the tournament took place in Chaska, Minnesota at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and in 2010 it will be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
As should be expected from a US-based major, United States professionals have dominated the PGA Championship for the majority of its history. In fact, up until 1992, only two countries outside of the USA were able to produce PGA Championship winners. Both Australia and South Africa held that prestigious honour, until Nick Price's victory at Bellerive Country Club added Zimbabwe to the list.
In recent times however, the identities of tournament winners have been far more multicultural, as American golfers no longer hold the grip they previously had over the tournament. Key to this resurgence from foreign players is Rory McIlroy, who has won the tournament on two different occasions. Americans do still perform well though, winning around once every two years.
The following is a list of PGA Championship winners from the past two decades:
- 2016 - Jimmy Walker (USA)
- 2015 - Jason Day (AUS)
- 2014 - Rory McIlroy (NIR)
- 2013 - Jason Dufner (USA)
- 2012 - Rory McIlroy (NIR)
- 2011 - Keegan Bradley (USA)
- 2010 - Martin Kaymer (GER)
- 2009 - Yang Yong-eun (KOR)
- 2008 - Padraig Harrington (IRL)
- 2007 - Tiger Woods (USA)
- 2006 - Tiger Woods (USA)
- 2005 - Phil Mickelson (USA)
- 2004 - Vijay Singh (FIJ)
- 2003 - Shaun Micheel (USA)
- 2002 - Rich Beem (USA)
- 2001 - David Toms (USA)
- 2000 - Tiger Woods (USA)
- 1999 - Tiger Woods (USA)
- 1998 - Vijay Singh (FIJ)
- 1997 - Davis Love III (USA)
Betting on the US PGA Championship
As you might expect, the US PGA Championship is one of the hottest betting markets of the entire golfing calendar, alongside the three other Majors. For this reason, many online sportsbooks add some great offers to players looking to bet on the event, such as enhanced odds on certain players. Therefore, it really pays to shop around before placing a bet, and to sign up with multiple sportsbooks.
If you are thinking about online gambling and betting on the PGA Championship, why not take a look through our dedicated golf section first? You’ll find some great hints and tips there, which should increase your chances of scoring a winning bet.
Common PGA Championship Bets
It’ll come as no surprise to hear that the most commonly placed bet at the PGA Championship is on the outright winner. Some prefer to play it safe and pick a favorite, while others decide to opt for an outsider and cash in on some huge odds. It’s also possible to place an each-way bet at this tournament, meaning that you bet on a golfer to finish in the top four (some sites extend this to the top five though).
Many sites also offer markets that are more random, such as the first player to hit a hole in one. These are often great fun, and usually have really high odds, however picking a selection doesn’t have the same skill level as choosing who will win outright – in fact, it’s pretty much all based on luck.