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2021 PGA Championship: An early look at the odds

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The Rodman Wanamaker Trophy will be awarded to the winner of next week's 103rd PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort's Ocean Course in South Carolina.

Rory McIlroy rates as a 10-1 favorite for Kiawah Island's Ocean Course after his victory last week at Quail Hollow adds momentum

On the strength of his victory last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy will head to the South Carolina coast next week as the top choice by to win the season’s second major championship.

McIlroy, who ended an 18-month winless streak with a one-stroke triumph at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., is a 10-1 favorite to win the 103rd PGA Championship on May 20-23 at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course. McIlroy, 32, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland, hasn’t won one of golf’s four biggest prizes in seven years, but he will have history on his side. He not only is a two-time winner of the Wanamaker Trophy as a PGA champion, but he claimed one of them, in 2012, at the Ocean Course.

American Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA champion, rates as the second choice at 12-1, followed by American Bryson DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and Spain’s Jon Rahm, who will be seeking his first major title, at 14-1.

Dustin Johnson, who is No. 1 in the world ranking but pulled out of this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson because of a bothersome knee, has slipped to 16-1. Fellow American Jordan Spieth, who has enjoyed a career resurgence recently after he won three major titles before turning 24, was listed as a co-sixth choice with American Xander Schauffele at 20-1. Norway’s Viktor Hovland was listed at 25-1 with American Collin Morikawa, the PGA’s defending champion. Americans Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed were 30-1 choices.

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