Jason Day and Brendon Todd lead the 2020 PGA Championship at 5-under par through 18 holes. Tiger Woods is lurking three shots off the pace after an impressive opening round 68.
Below, we look at the live betting odds for Round 2 of the 2020 PGA Championship and make our picks and best bets at each value tier at BetMGM.
2020 PGA Championship Round 2 betting picks: Favorite
Odds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 10:45 p.m. ET.
Brendon Todd (+1600)
Todd shares the lead after shooting an opening 65 in the tougher afternoon conditions at TPC Harding Park, and he is getting significantly higher odds than Day’s +900. The three-time PGA Tour winner won in back-to-back starts earlier in the 2019-20 season. He was in contention at last week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational up until a final round of 75 to finish T-15.
Todd ranked third in the field Thursday with 3.42 Strokes Gained: Putting, according to Data Golf, but he also gained 2.70 strokes tee-to-green and 2.29 on approach. He has winning pedigree in weaker fields and look for him to learn from last week’s experience against the world’s best. He’s the co-leader but ranks fifth by the live odds heading into Friday.
2020 PGA Championship Round 2 betting picks: Contender
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Tony Finau (+3300)
Finau continues to be undervalued with his Sunday disappointments overshadowing his other strong play since the PGA Tour’s restart. He sits two shots off Thursday’s lead at minus-3 after an opening 67. It was the third time in eight events since the restart he opened with a 67 or better.
He ranks second in the field with 4.52 SG: Tee-to-Green and first with 4.02 SG: Approach through 18 holes. The 19th-ranked golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings has just one PGA Tour win on his resume, but he has finished in the top 10 in five of his last eight majors for plenty of experience with the pressure on.
2020 PGA Championship Round 2 betting picks: Long shot
Patrick Reed (+5000)
Reed, a former Masters champion, sits three strokes back in pursuit of his second career major win. He led the field Thursday with 1.84 SG: Off-the-Tee and is tied for 20th despite losing 0.24 strokes on approach.
He had just a ho-hum putting performance in Round 1 with 1.12 strokes gained with the flat stick. He mastered the incomparable greens of Augusta National once before and will be up to the more difficult weekend conditions of TPC Harding Park.
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By: Esten McLaren
Title: PGA Championship Round 2 betting preview: Live odds and best bets
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2020/08/07/pga-championship-round-2-betting-preview-live-odds-best-bets/
Published Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:52 +0000