The golf season is a funny one in terms of timings. The PGA Tour season closes with the FedEx Cup Playoffs – a series of three events that determine the season champion on the PGA Tour that include the following three events:
- The Northern Trust
- BMW Championship
- Tour Championship
Players accumulate FedEx Cup points throughout the season by placing in regular tour events and those points are carried into the FedEx Cup Playoffs where they eventually determine the starting places for the Tour Championship.
The 2021 Tour Championship came down to the wire, with Patrick Cantlay holding off world number one Jon Rahm to take out the USD $15m prize. Cantlay finished with a score of -21 followed by Rahm on -20.
Kevin Na was the biggest mover at the end-of-season event, moving up from 19th to third with a tournament score of -14, the same as Rahm.
The Tour Championship signalled the end of the 2020-21 season and just two weeks later, whilst many of the world’s best were competing at the Ryder Cup, the 2021-22 season got underway at the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.
And whilst the golf season seems to roll on from one season to the next, the popularity of the game continues to grow and is estimated to be worth USD$85 billion.
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Dates to look out for in 2021-22
Whilst in the past, many players chose to take time off between the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the next calendar year, this has changed now with some major events helped between September and December to close out the calendar year.
The CJ Cup and ZOZO Championship, both held towards the end of October are two big events that welcome many of the world’s best players and the Houston Open is another event that always attracts a strong field.
Moving into 2022 and the big events come thick and fast from January right through to the Players Championship held in early March. Whilst not officially recognised as a golfing major, the Players Championship has long been regarded as the unofficial fifth major and is held at TPC Sawgrass every year.
April welcomes the start of majors season, with a major held every month through to July before the end of season playoffs come around once more in August.
The favourites for the 2022 golf majors
The first dates that golfers and golf fans alike look out for when the tour schedule is announced are the four majors – The US Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open, and the Open Championship (British Open).
These are the four tournaments that can help to define a player’s career and every golfer on the PGA and European tour will be hoping to add their name to the list of previous winners in 2022.
The first major of the season is the US Masters – arguably the most famous and most anticipated of the four majors thanks to its exclusive field and the mystery surrounding Augusta – the home of the US Masters.
US Masters odds 2022
Although the US Masters is still six months away, anticipation starts to build early, and whilst form is certainly important as players head into the tournament, the ability to handle your nerves and deal with the enormous pressure that Augusta brings with it is also a big factor in deciding who will lift the trophy after four rounds.
Rory McIlroy will once again be bidding to complete the Grand Slam – golfers who have won all four majors – however, his nerves have got to him in the past and Augusta has become more of a mental battle for McIlroy than a test of his golfing ability. That being said, he is still one of the favourites with Betway to win the US Masters in 2022 with current odds of 19.00.
There are currently four joint-favourites for the US Masters six months out – world number one Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas all placed at 12.00. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama looks like a decent early bet at 26.00 whilst Tiger Woods is at 41.00 despite not picking up a club since a car accident in February 2021.
Woods is still one of the world’s highest-paid athletes and whilst his prize winnings may have dropped off during his enforced layoff, he continues to make a lot more in endorsements off the course than prize money on the course.
PGA Championship odds 2022
A month later in May, the PGA Championship will be held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As you might expect, world number one Jon Rahm is the current favourite at 12.00 with seven months to go until the event with Thomas and McIlroy at 13.00.
2021 threw up a real surprise when 50-year-old Phil Mickelson rolled back the clock to win the tournament held at Kiawah Island. Mickelson is currently 101.00 to defend his title and those odds seem well placed considering his form since, although he has won on the seniors’ tour a couple of times since collecting his sixth major championship.
Jordan Spieth will be looking to complete the final leg of his own major grand slam at the PGA Championship and his return to form in 2021 suggests he may well beat McIlroy in their race to join the exclusive club that contains only five players.
US Open odds 2022
Jon Rahm will go into the 2022 US Open both as defending champion and favourite. The US Open will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts from 13-19 June 2022 and will see Rahm looking to add to his first Major won a year before at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. Rahm is currently 11.00 with Betway to defend his title in 2022.
Brooks Koepka is currently joint-second-favourite and he will be keen to add to his major championship collection in 2022. Joining him at 15.00 is Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.
Phil Mickelson, at the age of 51, will not only be trying to beat his own record as the oldest winner of a major, but he will also be hoping to join that exclusive grand slam of majors club, with the US Open eluding him until now. Mickelson has six runner-up finishes at the US Open and is currently 81.00 to lift the 2022 title.
Open Championship odds 2022
Rounding out the 2022 major season is the Open Championship (or British Open as it is often referred to).
Jon Rahm is once again the early favourites with the bookies making him the favourite for all four majors in 2022 at this stage. He is currently at 10.00 to lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews, Scotland. Koepka leads a bunch of four golfers on 15.00 that includes Speith, McIlory and Johnson and the 2022 edition of the Open Championship will celebrate the 150th year the tournament has been held – comfortably the oldest of the four majors and the oldest golf tournament in the world.
Collin Morikawa is the defending champion having won by two strokes from Speith at Royal St Georges in 2021 and he finds himself at 19.00 to defend his title.
Whilst the 2022 golf majors may be some way off right now, you can bet that the players are already preparing their tour schedules to make sure they arrive at each of those events in prime condition and we can’t wait for the major season to unfold.
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