PGA Championship 2022 picks, predictions, field, favorites, odds: Golf expert says back Scottie Scheffler

PGA Championship 2022 picks, predictions, field, favorites, odds: Golf expert says back Scottie Scheffler

The top players in the world have descended upon Southern Hills Country Club in hopes of winning the 2022 PGA Championship, which gets underway on Thursday. Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, has won four of his last eight starts and will try to carry that momentum into the second major of the year. Scheffler finished on top of the leaderboard at the Masters and finished eighth at the PGA Championship in 2021. The latest 2022 PGA Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Scheffler at 11-1 to win his second consecutive major. Jon Rahm is also 11-1 on the PGA odds board, with Rory McIlroy (14-1), Justin Thomas (14-1) and Collin Morikawa (16-1) next in line among the 2022 PGA Championship contenders. Before you make any 2022 PGA Championship picks, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The esteemed golf insider has been around the game for many years and knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and he is tuned in to the major championships. 

In his last set of predictions for SportsLine, he nailed the Masters for the third time in four years. Johnson backed Scheffler, who has just been playing too well to be ignored. “Scheffler is on a run where he has been hard to beat, and I see it rolling on at Augusta National,” he said before the 25-year-old got his fourth victory of the season. He also called Woods’ unlikely victory at Augusta in 2019 and Dustin Johnson’s 2020 win, when he shot a tournament-record 20-under 268.

At the PGA Championship, the past two winners were surprises, with 50-year-old Mickelson winning last year and Collin Morikawa taking the 2020 title in his second major start. But Johnson backed the winner the previous two years, as Koepka won in 2018 then joined Woods as the only back-to-back PGA winners the following year. “This is a course he can attack and play well on,” Johnson said of Koepka before the 2019 event. Koepka took a seven-shot lead into the final round and held on in the raging wind at Bethpage for his fourth major title.

Now, Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour” and longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, has released his highly confident 2022 PGA Championship picks. The picks from the founder of GOLFstats, the world’s top golf statistics database, will surprise you. You can see them here.

Top 2022 PGA Championship expert picks

One shocking choice from Johnson: The expert is fading Cameron Smith, even though he has two victories this season and was in contention at the Masters. The 28-year-old hasn’t been quite the same since his triple-bogey on the 12th hole at Augusta that took him out of contention. He missed the cut in his last stroke play event, the RBC Heritage, and tied for 21st at the Zurich Classic along with Marc Leishman. Southern Hills is a ball-striker’s course, and Smith hasn’t fared well at venues like it. “I just don’t think Southern Hills will suit his eye,” Johnson told SportsLine.

On the flip side, Johnson isn’t backing away from Scheffler, even at his low odds. Scheffler has been on a tear this season and enters the PGA Championship having won four of his last eight starts on the PGA Tour. Scheffler has been able to secure those positive results thanks to his impeccable iron play. In fact, the No. 1-ranked player in the world enters the PGA Championship 2022 ranked third in greens in regulation percentage (72.00) and 17th in strokes gained approaching the green (.591).

The expert is also interested to see what Rahm can do at Southern Hills. Rahm secured his first victory of the season in his last start at the Mexico Open. Rahm has now won seven events on the PGA Tour and the 27-year-old will try to add to his major championship resume with a victory at Southern Hills. Rahm claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2021 and has had success at the PGA Championship in recent years, finishing in the top 10 in two of his last four starts at this event.

How to make 2022 PGA Championship picks, bets

Johnson also is high on a massive long shot at Southern Hills who comes in around 100-1. His excellent tee-to-green game should fit Southern Hills like a glove. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.

Who wins the PGA Championship 2022 at Southern Hills? And which epic long shot is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2022 PGA Championship, all from the insider who is tuned in to what it takes to win a major championship.


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