PGA Championship Odds 2012: Tiger Woods Early Heavy Favorite

It has been four years since Tiger Woods won his last championship and it would appear the odds makers are intent on ending that drought.

Woods is a heavy favorite to win the 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, coming in at an 8-to-1 favorite to win. The next closest are Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald at 18-to-1 each. Lee Westwood is the only other golfer at less than 20-to-1 odds.

2011's winner Keegan Bradley (Wood's tee-partner) comes in at 33-to-1. The three major winners so far this season didn't draw the best odds with Webb Simpson at 33-to-1, Bubba Watson at 40-to-1 and Ernie Els at a borderline forgotten 50-to-1. Everyone's favorite Phil Mickelson is sitting at 40-to-1.

There are a few golfers with bay area connections, but all of them are pretty long shots to make any rumblings on the green. Charlie Wi sits at 175-to-1, Mitch Lowe at 1,000-to-1 and Spencer Levin at 125-to-1. Only Nick Watney, who was born in Sacramento and attended Fresno State, is the only bay area representative not named Tiger Woods with a halfway decent shot at 50-to-1 odds.

For news and updates throughout the week at the PGA Championship, stay with this StoryStream. For all your golf news as the season's final major approaches, visit SB Nation's golf hub.

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