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Rory McIlroy headlines 2021 PGA Championship odds to lead after round 1

The second major of the 2021 calendar gets going on Thursday, May 20. We break down the odds for who will lead when Thursday wraps.

Rory McIlroy putts on the seventh hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 PGA Championship tees at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 20 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. It marks the second major of the year and will play on time a year after being delayed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook, installed at +1150. It’s not surprising given that he claimed a PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in 2012. Nine years have passed, but he’s still playing some solid golf. He’s followed by Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas at +1450, Jordan Spieth at +1500, and Bryson DeChambeau at +1650.

McIlroy is also the favorite to be leading after the first round, installed at +2200. Spieth and Thomas are +2800 and DeChambeau is +3300. Interestingly, although Rahm is tied for second best odds to win, he drops for first round lead, tied with DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele.

A year ago, the leaderboard was a bit messy at the top. Jason Day and Brendon Todd were tied for first after shooting a first day 65. They were followed by nine golfers at 66. Among this year’s favorite, that group included Xander Schauffele. Day finished the tournament tied for fourth while Todd finished tied for 17th. Schauffele finished tied for tenth.

Last year, Bryson DeChambeau shot a first round 68, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm shot a first round 70, Justin Thomas shot a first round 71, and Jordan Spieth shot a first round 73. The weather was dependent on when you got underway, so we had some considerably disparate scores.

Here’s a rundown of odds to lead after Thursday’s first round.

2021 PGA Championship odds to lead after round 1

Golfer After Round 1
Golfer After Round 1
Rory McIlroy +2200
Jordan Spieth +2800
Justin Thomas +2800
Bryson DeChambeau +3300
Viktor Hovland +3300
Dustin Johnson +3300
Jon Rahm +3300
Xander Schauffele +3300
Tony Finau +4000
Hideki Matsuyama +4000
Collin Morikawa +4000
Daniel Berger +4500
Patrick Reed +4500
Scottie Scheffler +4500
Abraham Ancer +5000
Patrick Cantlay +5000
Paul Casey +5000
Brooks Koepka +5000
Louis Oosthuizen +5000
Webb Simpson +5000
Will Zalatoris +5000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +5500
Cameron Smith +5500
Sam Burns +6000
Tyrrell Hatton +6000
Keegan Bradley +6600
Corey Conners +6600
Tommy Fleetwood +6600
Marc Leishman +6600
Joaquin Niemann +6600
Sungjae Im +6600
Bubba Watson +6600
Alexander Noren +7000
Justin Rose +7000
Stewart Cink +8000
Jason Day +8000
Harris English +8000
Sergio Garcia +8000
Emiliano Grillo +8000
Brian Harman +8000
Billy Horschel +8000
Shane Lowry +8000
Francesco Molinari +8000
Charl Schwartzel +8000
Adam Scott +8000
Cameron Tringale +8000
Matt Wallace +8000
Lee Westwood +8000
Gary Woodland +8000
Lanto Griffin +9000
Garrick Higgo +9000
Charley Hoffman +9000
Jason Kokrak +9000
Ryan Palmer +9000
Si Woo Kim +9000
Kevin Streelman +9000
Bernd Wiesberger +9000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +10000
Cameron Champ +10000
Rickie Fowler +10000
Talor Gooch +10000
Branden Grace +10000
Max Homa +10000
Zach Johnson +10000
Matt Jones +10000
Chris Kirk +10000
Matt Kuchar +10000
Robert MacIntyre +10000
Kevin Na +10000
Carlos Ortiz +10000
Thomas Pieters +10000
Steve Stricker +10000
Brendon Todd +10000
Joel Dahmen +12500
Cameron Davis +12500
Thomas Detry +12500
Russell Henley +12500
Martin Kaymer +12500
Kevin Kisner +12500
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +12500
Denny McCarthy +12500
Maverick McNealy +12500
Phil Mickelson +12500
Sebastian Munoz +12500
Victor Perez +12500
J.T. Poston +12500
Antoine Rozner +12500
Brendan Steele +12500
Henrik Stenson +12500
Harold Varner III +12500
Danny Willett +12500
Aaron Wise +12500
Dean Burmester +15000
Byeong Hun An +15000
John Catlin +15000
George Coetzee +15000
Dylan Frittelli +15000
Adam Hadwin +15000
Harry Higgs +15000
Mackenzie Hughes +15000
Martin Laird +15000
Ian Poulter +15000
Kalle Samooja +15000
Richy Werenski +15000
Erik van Rooyen +15000
Sam Horsfield +17500
Jason Dufner +20000
Brian Gay +20000
Tom Hoge +20000
Rasmus Hojgaard +20000
Jazz Janewattananond +20000
Takumi Kanaya +20000
Tom Lewis +20000
Adam Long +20000
Peter Malnati +20000
Aaron Rai +20000
Brandon Stone +20000
Robert Streb +20000
Padraig Harrington +25000
Lucas Herbert +25000
Rikuya Hoshino +25000
Kurt Kitayama +25000
Chez Reavie +25000
Andy Sullivan +25000
Chan Kim +30000
Jason Scrivener +30000
Hudson Swafford +30000
Jimmy Walker +30000
Daniel van Tonder +30000
John Daly +35000
Jim Herman +35000
Vijay Singh +35000
Omar Uresti +35000
Sami Välimäki +35000
YE Yang +35000
Daniel Balin +50000
Peter Ballo +50000
Alex Beach +50000
Rich Beem +50000
Frank Bensel +50000
Tyler Collet +50000
Ben Cook +50000
Mark Geddes +50000
Derek Holmes +50000
Greg Koch +50000
Rob Labritz +50000
Brad Marek +50000
Shaun Micheel +50000
Tim Pearce +50000
Ben Polland +50000
Patrick Rada +50000
Sonny Skinner +50000
Stuart Smith +50000
Joe Summerhays +50000
Brett Walker +50000

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