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The Golfers Most Likely To Win the 2015 PGA Championship

Zach Johnson holds the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship
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With Scotland providing a historic setting, and the weather constantly keeping the players on their toes, the latest Open Championship ended up taking an extra day to crown a champion at the year’s third major. Yet, through the flooding, hectic winds, and any other form of unbearable conditions that St. Andrews had to offer, it was Zach Johnson who managed to come out the victor of a scintillating three-man playoff. Who knew golf could provide something so thrilling? We certainly didn’t.

But now that we do, we’re completely invested in the remainder of the 2015 season. Which is why we’re turning our attention to the year’s final major, the upcoming 2015 PGA Championship. This year, the tournament returns to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. If we’re lucky, the event will be filled with electricity, drama, and crazy competition. And even if none of those things end up taking place, you can almost be certain that folks will still find themselves betting on the outcome.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has just released its latest odds for the big tournament and, although the names on the list aren’t super surprising, the chances Sin City is giving particular players to win the event is. And since we’re sure there’s a lot of curiosity out there, allow us to pass along the information.

With that, here’s a look at the golfers with the best odds to win the 2015 PGA Championship.

6. Henrik Stenson (Tie)

Henrik Stenson at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 20-1

Despite finishing tied for 40th place at the conclusion of the British Open, Henrik Stenson is a good enough golfer that he should never be counted out of any tournament. The 39-year-old from Sweden has three top-10 finishes in 2015 and is currently the No. 8 ranked player in the world. While always a consistent player on the tour, Stenson has yet to hoist a major championship. With 20-1 odds, it’s clear some folks in Vegas believe his moment could come at Whistling Straits.

6. Justin Rose (Tie)

Justin Rose at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 20-1

Another golfer coming in at 20-1 odds, is the ultra-talented Justin Rose. On the year, the No. 5 player in the world has a 70.4 scoring average, four top-10 finishes, and a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Recently, he tied for second at the 2015 Masters and just tied for sixth place at the last British Open. Although Rose’s last — and only — major victory came at the 2013 U.S. Open, if he can continue to build off his momentum of this year, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to add a second major to his collection.

6. Rickie Fowler (Tie)

Rickie Fowler at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 20-1

Rickie Fowler is much more than just one of the flyest dressers on the tour. He is also a damn player. The 26-year-old from California is currently the No. 6 golfer in the world, with three top-10 finishes and a win this year at THE PLAYERS Championship. Since turning pro in 2009, Fowler has yet to add a major victory to his résumé. However, given the talent this kid possesses, we wouldn’t put it past him to come up big at the 2015 PGA Championship.

3. Adam Scott (Tie)

Adam Scott at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 15-1

Adam Scott found himself in contention on the final day at the 2015 British Open, however, a lackluster showing on the back-nine forced him to settle for a tie for tenth place. No matter how you look at it, the 35-year-old Australian is one of the most gifted players on the tour. Although he’s currently ranked No. 11 in the world, Scott has shown that he is more than capable of coming through on the biggest of stages. The green jacket hanging in his closest from his 2013 Masters win is proof of that. No time like the present for Scott to take home another major championship.

3. Dustin Johnson (Tie)

Dustin Johnson at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 15-1

Dustin Johnson may be the No. 4 ranked golfer in the world, but if he hopes to stand any chance of winning the 2015 PGA Championship, then he better be able to put the memories of his collapses at the past two majors this year behind him. Johnson is a gifted player, who already has seven top-1o finishes this year. His overall strength is undeniable and he’s the longest hitter on the tour, with an average driving distance of 318.2 yards. If he can put together four complete rounds, he has all the tools to walk away with the year’s final major.

3. Jason Day (Tie)

Jason Day at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 15-1

Jason Day is the No. 9 ranked player in the world and just finished tied for fourth place at the Open Championship. He’s never won a major, but he’s finished in the top-10 six times this year. While it seems as if Day is constantly coming up just short of winning the big one, we’d like to think the 27-year-old Australian is showing that he’ll always been in the thick of things when Sunday rolls around. There’s no reason to think he can’t finally get over the hump at the PGA Championship.

2. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
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  • Odds: 7-1

Rory McIlroy missed the 2015 British Open because of an injured ankle and there’s no telling if he’ll even be healthy enough to compete at the year’s final major. However, when you’re the No. 1 ranked player in the world and you haven’t officially ruled anything out, you can always expect to have favorable odds. McIlroy has six top-10 finishes and two victories in 2015. If he decides to make a run at the PGA Championship, there’s no reason not to consider him one of the favorites.

1. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth at The Open Championship
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  • Odds: 9-2

Despite giving it a valiant effort, Jordan Spieth came up just short at the 2015 British Open and was denied his third consecutive major of 2015. However, if you ask us, the World No. 2 is actually playing like the best golfer on the planet. His numbers on the year totally back up that sentiment. With 12 top-10 finishes, four victories, and a win at both the 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open, if anyone was going to be favored to win the final major of the year, it’d have to be this 21-year-old Texan. He’s far from the best of all time, but a win at Whistling Straits would be a step in the right direction.

Odds are courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

All statistics are courtesy of PGATour.com and ESPN Stats & Info.