The 2021 PGA Championship odds have been updated, as well as information on how to watch Round 2 on TV and online.
After carding a 5-under par 67 on Thursday, Corey Conners will begin the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday two shots ahead of the nearest challenger.
The Canadian, who has three top-10 finishes since March, including a tie for eighth at The Masters last month, handled the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, better than anyone else.
After his first round, the 29-year-old told ESPN, “You can’t fall asleep on any holes.” “It’s a difficult task. I was lucky enough to have a pleasant day. I made it as stress-free as possible for myself.”
Conners is now the 7-1 favorite to win the second major of the season, according to William Hill and FanDuel, with Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka at 8-1 and 10-1, respectively.
At 3-under, Hovland and Koepka are part of a six-man party two shots behind Conners. Hovland, a 22-1 longshot at the start of the week, has yet to win a major, but he arrived in Kiawah Island in fine form after back-to-back third-place finishes at the Valspar Championship and the Wells Fargo Open in his previous two starts.
After a first round that included six birdies, Koepka’s chances have shrunk dramatically. He won the PGA Championship back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.
Collin Morikawa, the defending champion, was 30-1 at the start of the tournament but is now 14-1 after shooting a 2-under par 70 in the first round.
On Thursday, Morikawa was one of eight players, including Phil Mickelson, who finished three shots behind Conners. The five-time major champion turned back the clock in the first round with a blistering 32 on the back nine, but he remains a 90-1 underdog.
After finishing even par on Thursday, world No. 3 Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau are 16-1 and 20-1, respectively, up from 14-1 and 16-1 at the start of the tournament.
Rory McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island nine years ago, and world No. 2 Justin Thomas, who both ended the first round at 3-over par, had a far worse day.
McIlroy’s chances have improved since he entered the tournament as an 11-1 favorite. This is a brief summary.