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2012 PGA Championship Odds: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald Enter as Favorites

The 2012 PGA Championship takes place at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course this week and, predictably, Tiger Woods has been dubbed the favorite going in.

At this point, the golf world is split into two distinct factions as it pertains to Woods’ place at the top of this sport’s hierarchy.

People in the first group believe that, despite his inability to win a major, Tiger has once again reclaimed his place as the King of the Hill. They think that a big win is just around the corner. They have no problem with him being a 7/4 favorite in this week’s event, and some of them may even believe that his odds aren’t good enough.

The other group, however, points to the fact that it’s been four years since Woods’ last major victory. Not four tournaments – four years. They think that he’s lost whatever it was that made him who he was. They think he’s inconsistent, to say the least. And, unlike their counterparts, they don’t view him as the hands down best golfer in the sport right now.

Which side is right? We’ll find out soon enough.

Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship last year, and he’s entering this tournament straight off a big win at the WGC-Bridgestone in Ohio. He’s listed at 8/1 to bring home the prize this year.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday, with the first round getting underway at 7:20 a.m. eastern time.

Here is a complete odds breakdown, via Bovada:

Tiger Woods 7/4

Rory McIlroy 10/3

Luke Donald 10/3

Lee Westwood 4/1

Adam Scott 11/2

Jason Dufner 11/2

Justin Rose 11/2

Webb Simpson 11/2

Dustin Johnson 11/2

Louis Oosthuizen 13/2

Steve Stricker 7/1

Matt Kuchar 7/1

Keegan Bradley 8/1

Hunter Mahan 8/1

Bubba Watson 8/1

Phil Mickelson 8/1

Graeme McDowell 8/1

Bo Van Pelt 10/1

Jim Furyk 10/1

Zach Johnson 10/1

Padraig Harrington 10/1

Jason Day 10/1

Rickie Fowler 10/1

Francesco Molinari 12/1

Charl Schwartzel 12/1

Nick Watney 12/1

Nicolas Colsaerts 12/1

Ernie Els 12/1

Martin Kaymer 12/1

Bill Haas 12/1

Ian Poulter 14/1

Sergio Garcia 14/1

Martin Laird 16/1

David Toms 18/1

K.J. Choi 18/1

(Kudos Bovada, SB Nation)

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