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Golf Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for Round 1 of the PGA Championship

May 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT
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Ray Carlin, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Jordan Spieth

  • The 2019 PGA Championship starts on Thursday, May 16 at Bethpage Black.
  • Our golf experts pick their three favorite Round 1 bets for Thursday's action.

The 2019 PGA Championship gets underway on Thursday morning (6:45 a.m. ET) at Bethpage Black.

All eyes will be on tournament-favorite Tiger Woods after his heroic win at the Masters, but our golf experts aren’t keying in on Woods for Thursday.

Here are our golf experts’ three favorite bets for the first round at Bethpage Black.

 

Jason Sobel

The bet: J.J. Spaun over Beau Hossler (-115)

Spaun and Hossler are in the first group off the box at 6:45 a.m. and there’s a metric which points to a favorite here. Spaun ranks 20th this season with an early opening-round scoring average of 68.86, while Hossler ranks 105th at 70.58.

Maybe it doesn’t mean much – or maybe Spaun is a morning person and loves chasing the dew at zero-dark thirty while Hossler is a snooze-button guy and has trouble getting going. There’s definitely a trend here – and even better, it’ll give you something to gamble on before the sun even comes up. What’s better than that?

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