The 2021 Women’s PGA Championship takes place this week at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Sei Young Kim looks to defend her major title from October; 155 other golfers are looking to dethrone her. Below, we look at the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship odds and make our picks and predictions to win.
All are competing for a share of the $4.5 million purse. Kim won the pandemic-delayed 2020 event by five strokes at 14-under par at Aronimink Golf Club. Nelly Korda comes in off a win at last week’s Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Still, the biggest name to watch this week is three-time Women’s PGA Championship winner Inbee Park. She went back-to-back-to-back from 2013-2015 with her most recent Women’s PGA Championship win decided by five strokes at Westchester Country Club. She’s this week’s betting favorite at +1400.
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Inbee Park (+1400)
Park is the rightful favorite for her fourth career Women’s PGA Championship title even though she hasn’t won since the Kia Classic in late March. She’s No. 2 in the Rolex rankings and in scoring average, and No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ranking.
Park tied for 10th last week by going 68-68-68-67 at Blythefield Country Club. She’s just 148th on tour in driving distance but is eighth in driving accuracy, 33rd in greens in regulation and fourth in putting average. Accuracy is more important than distance under major conditions.
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Brooke Henderson (+2800)
Henderson missed the cut in Michigan last week. She was done in by an opening round of plus-3 75 but responded with a 5-under 67 in the second round to miss the weekend on the number.
The Canadian is No. 6 in the Golfweek rankings, but she’s just 12th by the odds to win this week. She won the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club and the 2021 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open in late April.
Henderson is fifth in the Rolex rankings and tied for fourth on tour with five top-10 finishes this season. She’s also fifth in greens in regulation and should avoid a lot of the tough rough around the putting surfaces.
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Yuka Saso (+5000)
Saso celebrated her 20th birthday over the weekend, just two weeks after winning the U.S. Women’s Open as a 19-year-old. She has vaulted to No. 34 in the world rankings. Unlike most of this week’s top competition, she didn’t play last week in Grand Rapids and won’t have to deal with the lengthy travel.
Saso will play the Women’s PGA Championship for just the first time, but it will be her fifth career major appearance. Her odds have fallen considerably from where they were a couple of weeks ago, but there’s still plenty of value at 50-1 for the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champ.
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