Round 2 PGA Championship best bets: Our top futures wagers

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Day 1 at the PGA Championship has concluded at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK and Rory McIlroy leads the way by one stroke over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge. McIlroy has led or been the co-leader now 19 times on the PGA Tour (20 overall PGA Tour wins) but has only converted 3-of-18 of those leads into victories (2-for-4 in major championships).

This is his first outright lead or share of the lead after Round 1 in a major since his last major championship victory in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla. However, a good start could be a positive omen for McIlroy. Dating back to 2015, McIlroy had shot 35-over (72.33 average) in the first round of a major; In Rounds 2-4, he is 68-under (70.09 average). He will head into Friday as the only player with single-digit odds at + 300 to raise the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday. 

McIlroy ranked fourth in the field for both Strokes Gained: Putting (+ 3.33 strokes relative to the field) and Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee (+ 1.87 strokes). He certainly loved seeing these widened fairways at Southern Hills as he led the field for Driving Distance (331.6 yards).

Of the 156 players that comprise this year's PGA Championship field, only 26 reached red figures on Thursday and 17 of them were out of the morning session where the wind was more benign. Players in the morning tee times posted an average round score of 72.35 and the players out in the afternoon posted an average score of 73.32. 

Here is the leaderboard with current odds from BetMGM at the conclusion of the first round. 

1

Rory McIlroy

-5

3/1

T2

Will Zalatoris

-4

10/1

T2

Tom Hoge

-4

28/1

T4

Matt Kuchar

-3

40/1

T4

Abraham Ancer

-3

30/1

T4

Justin Thomas

-3

7/1

T7

Chris Kirk

-2

80/1

T7

Mito Pereira

-2

50/1

T7

Xander Schauffele

-2

14/1

T7

Cameron Smith 

-2

11/1

T7

Kevin Na

-2

66/1

T7

Davis Riley

-2

66/1

T7

Matt Fitzpatrick

-2

25/1

T7

Lucas Herbert

-2

100/1

T7 

Joaquin Niemann

-2

30/1

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