2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Betting Guide: Will Lexi Thompson Keep Rollin’?


John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lexi Thompson

Jun 20, 2019, 08:30 PM EDT
  • The 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Thursday, June 20.
  • Brooke Henderson, Jeongeun Lee6 and Lexi Thompson are the co-favorites at 11-1 betting odds.

Two weeks ago, I laid out the many reasons I love to bet on the LPGA, and last week’s winner with Brooke Henderson was a great example.

At 12-1, the odds just weren’t accounting enough for her elite course history and consistent play in 2019. In addition to Henderson, I had two other players — Nelly Korda (25-1) and So Yeon Ryu (14-1) — who finished in the top-nine.

We’ll look to continue rolling this week, as the world’s best descend on Hazeltine National Golf Club for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Three-time KPMG winner Inbee Park (2013, 2014, 2015), Henderson (2016), Shanshan Feng (2012) and Danielle Kang (2017) highlight the other former champions at this event.

Value can be found all over the board this week, with no player sitting at shorter than 10-1 at the time of writing.

Henderson, Jeongeun Lee6 and Lexi Thompson are co-favorites at 11-1 odds. Jin Young Ko, the world’s No. 1 player, sits alone next at 14-1.

Let’s take a look at my favorite outright plays, in addition to my top tournament matchup and first-round three-ball.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Outright Picks

Lexi Thompson

Odds: 11-1

The American has been the definition of sizzling coming into this major championship, reeling off a win two weeks ago at the ShopRite LPGA Classic before finishing tied for second last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Thompson has two top 10s in her last five appearances at this tournament, including a solo third in 2015 and a T-7 in 2017.

Hazeltine should favor those who can bomb it off the tee, and that should suit Thompson’s game perfectly. Thompson ranks eighth on the tour in average driving distance (276.3 yards).

Add in the fact she could take over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings this week and you should have a player extremely motivated in her quest for a second career major championship.

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