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May 20th, 2023

Brooks Koepka returns for PGA Championship

Two-time PGA Championship winner earns invite

Former top-ranked golfer Brooks Koepka is returning to the PGA for the PGA Championship.

The two-time PGA Championship winner will be part of this year’s field at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York. He enters the tournament as the world’s 44th-ranked golfer, eight spots up from 52nd where he finished at the end of last year. Prior to finishing 52nd in 2022, he finished top-20 each year between 2015 and 2021 including finishing first in both 2018 and 2019. 
While golfers signed to LIV Golf are not allowed to compete on the PGA Tour, they are allowed to take part in the PGA’s Major Tournaments; the Masters, the PGA, the U.S. Open, and The Open Championship if they meet the qualification criteria. Koepka would make it on several criteria including being a former PGA Championship winner. 
PGA fans last saw Koepka last month at the Masters' Tournament at Augusta National. A tournament in which he finished tied for second with a -8 alongside Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm finished ahead of Koepka and Mickelson with a -12 to take the victory in the first major of the year.
Koepka last year finished for 55th at the PGA Championship, the worst finish of his career since he finished tied for 70th in 2013.

From 2014 through 2021, he finished 29th or better including seven top-15 finishes, five top-5 finishes, and a pair of back-to-back championship wins in 2018 and 2019. Very few players have had the consistent success that Keopka has had at The PGA Championships.

His 2019 PGA Championship win was his last major championship. He has a total of four major championship wins. Alongside his two PGA Championship titles he also owns a pair of U.S. Open Championships.

Koepka is a popular pick heading into this year’s PGA Championship thanks to his strong success in the major in the past as well as his strong performance at the Masters last month.

Important betting sites, such as Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, are placing Koepka to be into the final rounds with Rahm, Scheffler, and McIlroy. Koepka has the sixth-highest odds according to Caesars to win the PGA Championship with +1800 odds. Jon Rahm is the favorite at +650, followed by Scottie Scheffler at +700, Rory McIlroy at +1200, Patrick Cantlay at +1600, and at +1600. 
Notably, if you’re someone who likes to look at trends. Betting on Americans such as Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, or Koepka could be a smart choice. An American has won each of the last seven PGA Championships and nine have won it since 2010. 
Last year, Justin Thomas won his second PGA Championship in a playoff against Will Zalatoris finishing at -5. It was the closest to par victory for a golfer since Padraig Harrington won just three strokes from par in 2008. Phil Mickelson also finished just six strokes from par in 2021 where he beat out Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. 
This year’s PGA Championship will tee off at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning with American Shaun Michael and Braden Shattuck alongside New Zealand’s Steven Alker. 

Koepeka will tee off one hour later at 8:00 a.m. alongside fellow Americans Scottie Scheffler and Gary Woodland. 

Coverage throughout the tournament will be televised on ESPN for the first three rounds while the final round coverage on Sunday will be led by CBS. That being said, ESPN+ will have bonus coverage throughout the tournament as well including on Sunday. UK viewers can of course view all the action of Sky Sports Golf 
Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in which the PGA Championship will be played has a par of 70 over its 18 holes with a total of 7,394 yards. Both the front nine and back nine have pars of 35. 

The course consists of 12, par-four holes, four par-three holes, and two par-five holes, those par-five holes coming on hole No. 5 and No. 15 which are 615 and 623 yards respectively. 
This will be the first PGA Championship to be played at Oak Hill since 2013 when Jason Dufner won the title with a -10 over Jim Furyk.

The course record for a round is 63 which was set by Dufner in the second round of his 2013 PGA Championship victory.

TAGS: PGA Championship, Sports Betting, Brooks Koepka, LIV Golf, 2023