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2022 PGA Championship predictions, picks, favorites: One of these nine golfers will win at Southern Hills

Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are all playing tremendous golf as they seek the Wanamaker Trophy

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TULSA, Okla. — Every Wednesday before a major championship begins, a conundrum falls upon golf fans and analysts. After all the studying, analyzing and hand-wringing, it always feels like only about five golfers can win that week’s event. This isn’t true, of course, but it feels true, which makes it a pseudo-reality until the first round leaderboard starts to take shape.

There are a hundred reasons this begins to feel true, but most prominent among them is that it’s so difficult to envision, say, Russell Henley beating guys like Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thoms in the primes of their careers at the 2022 PGA Championship. And yet, Henley led the 2021 U.S. Open after three rounds, so it certainly can happen. It just doesn’t feel like it on Wednesdays with time to go until tournaments officially start.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a pool of golfers from which it seems most likely the winner will come from at the PGA Championship this year. If Las Vegas gave you odds on this pool against the field, this group of nine would certainly be shorter odds than the other 147 golfers at Southern Hills combined. So, let’s take a look at the group and why the champion on Sunday will come from out of these nine players. Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

Who will win the PGA Championship, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to see the projected PGA Championship leaderboard, all from the model that’s nailed eight golf majors, including this year’s Masters.

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