PGA Championship sleepers and long shots at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course

Feeling lucky this week? Here are some long shots and sleepers to consider at the PGA Championship.

PGA Championship sleepers and long shots at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course

Looking for a big payday with your PGA Championship bets? Sportsbook Wire has you covered as the world’s best golfers tee it up at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina this week. Below, we search for value in the odds and target five sleepers and long-shot picks to win the 2021 PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship has awarded the Wanamaker Trophy to many long-shot winners over the years. Past champs include YE Yang (2009), Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jimmy Walker (2016). The conditions of the Ocean Course this week are expected to help level the playing field as golfers contend with harsh wins off of the coast of the Atlantic.

Rory McIlroy begins the week at No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. He’s the pre-tournament favorite at +1100 after winning the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah by eight strokes. There were several forgotten names on that leaderboard who would’ve been worthy of a top-5 or top-10 placing bet.

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Long-shot picks to target

Justin Rose (+8000)

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Rose showed at the 2021 Masters he can still contend in major championships with a seventh-place finish after holding the 18- and 36-hole leads. He finished ninth in last summer’s PGA Championship and tied for 23rd in the fall Masters.

He was one of four golfers to tie for third at the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course, albeit nine strokes back of McIlroy’s 13-under par. Rose’s game is well-suited to the howling, swirling winds and difficult conditions.

Top 5: +1400

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Bubba Watson (+9000)

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Watson tied for 11th at the 2012 PGA Championship. His 4-under par, 68, was one of the best rounds of the final day of the tournament when conditions were at their best.

The 42-year-old is still 40th on Tour in driving distance and the wide fairways of the Ocean Course will play to his favor.

Top 5: +1400

Matt Wallace (+10000)

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A four-time winner on the European Tour, Wallace has been playing more frequently on the PGA Tour this year. He made the cut in each of his last four stroke-play events, with finishes of third at the Valero Texas Open and T-6 at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Wallace is tied for 13th on Tour in Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards and should be able to score on the 7,876-yard Ocean Course’s toughest holes.

Top 10: +750

Dylan Frittelli (+25000)

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Frittelli was one of several surprises at the 2020 Masters in November with a T-5 finish. He missed the cut in April and has slipped to No. 81 in the Official World Golf Ranking but the South African’s game is well-suited to the PGA Championship venue.

He’s third among qualified golfers with 0.54 Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green per round, and he’s 13th in driving distance.

Top 10: +1600

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Wyndham Clark (+25000)

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Clark gained a late entry to the 2021 PGA Championship after Vijay Singh withdrew Monday. He has never won on the PGA Tour, but he tied for eighth in a strong at The Genesis Invitational earlier this year and made the cut in each of his last four events.

He averages 0.43 SG: Around-the-Green per round, is fourth in driving distance and 15th in sand save percentage.

Top 20: +700

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COVID-19 protocols force Sam Houston State to finish NCAA Stillwater Regional without star William Holcomb

COVID-19 contact tracing is keeping Sam Houston State's star player on the sidelines when they need him most.

COVID-19 protocols force Sam Houston State to finish NCAA Stillwater Regional without star William Holcomb

Sam Houston State entered this week’s Stillwater regional as the No. 8 seed. After 36 holes of play on Monday, the Bearkats found themselves in sixth place, one shot outside the top five and automatic qualification for next week’s NCAA Championship.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Sam Houston State was forced to play their final round on Tuesday without their star senior, William Holcomb.

“This is truly heartbreaking for Will,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick via a release. “He played phenomenal (on Monday) and has put us in this position. He has handled this like the champion he is. I had a great meeting with the rest of the guys and they are looking forward to this opportunity. We have a chance to do something really special today. All year long we have dealt with different scenarios we’ve never faced before, and this is just another challenge that has been placed before us. We have a great group of guys and I am fully confident in their ability to go out and perform at a championship level today.”

A release from Sam Houston State said Holcomb was ruled out due to contact tracing.

At the time of this post, the Stillwater regional is in a weather delay, with Sam Houston State in fifth place at 2 over, three shots clear of Auburn.

Much like the men this week, the women’s team found themselves in an unfortunate situation last week at the Baton Rouge regional. The event was decided without a single shot being hit due to the golf course being playable, but not at a “championship level.” The top-six seeds automatically advanced, leaving the Sam Houston State women on the outside looking in, though Hanna Alberto qualified as an individual.

Barstool Sports then rallied to put together the Let Them Play Classic, an event for teams and players who weren’t able to compete in Baton Rouge. The Bearkats will be sending four players to the tournament, held May 20-21 at Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona.

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