We are back for the second major of the year. This one should be fun and one that tests golfers all around game like most majors do. The last two PGA Championship’s yielded less than double digit under par and while those were at different courses the PGA always wants to make it difficult to a degree just to make sure golfers need to bring their A games otherwise, they get bit. Last week was okay. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t awful, but I do feel like we are very close to a huge week and hopefully that happens here. Now on to the course preview and player breakdown.
This week we move to Tulsa Oklahoma to play the PGA Championship, Southern Hills. Nobody can find the official official yardage for this course as there are 4 different ones listed. Most of the community is saying the yardage will be 7,556 with 2 par 5’s, 12 par 4’s and 4 par 3’s making it a long par 70. The two par 5’s are massive and with this course being you have to be able to shot shape and pin point your drives it will be nearly impossible for most golfers to reach these in two. Kind of like Augusta you need a good shot shape and also you will need to hit it in the correct spot in the fairway to have a great second shot opportunity from the fairways. These greens are tour average in size but have runoffs and could make a nightmare for some golfers. I believe we will want to look at short game and scrambling this week because if you don’t hit it on the greens, you will have a tough time getting up and down. Keep an eye on the wind because as of now Friday has some bad gusts projected and if that stays, we will see a bunch of high scores this week because this course is tough but with wind that just makes it that much worse.
Event: PGA Championship
Location: Southern Hill Country Club
Dates: Thursday May 19th to Sunday May 22nd
Stats I am Looking at
SG: TOT (windy) conditions
Scottie Scheffler (Cash/GPP)
Number 1 in the world and top priced player in the field for a great reason. His stats that I am looking at don’t put him 1st in the model but he is top 15 and his ARG game and APP is good as well. He plays majors very well and if the wind is up this works in his favor.
Collin Morikawa (Cash/GPP)
Morikawa has done well at both PGA venues finishing 8th and 1st. His App is the best in the field and most weeks his irons carry him to a very nice finish. I do think he will be towards the top at the end of the week and could potentially even win again.
Rory Mcllroy (GPP)
He could for sure contend this week, has struggled at the PGA the last two years which scares me because both years were difficult with windy conditions. He has done well in this type of setups before so that is why I have him at GPP only because it could go one of two ways.
Jordan Spieth (Cash/GPP)
Seems to be coming back into form lately and sets up well for this course. Hasn’t done amazing the last couple times out for the PGA championship but I just like him. Even if he sprays off the fairway it won’t be the end of his week just because this course in Oklahoma can not have huge rough due to the climate.
Dustin Johnson (GPP)
Some will say I am crazy some will say he has done nothing recently, but I don’t care. He is still one of the best in the world just has had a rough year thus far and yet last week he scored a ton just made a bunch of mistakes in return. If he shows up this week, he can finish top 10 and wind and tough conditions is great for him so I will be going here.
Xander Schauffele (Cash)
Going to be a cash lock for me this week. In majors he is usually making the cut and most of the time gets to top 20 and above, so I really want to focus on building around X in cash games this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (Cash/GPP)
Priced correctly for this week but he has been playing out of his mind and is only $9,200. Plays well at major championships and sets up decently for this week.
Patrick Cantlay (Cash/GPP)
He could very well contend for the win this week and has massive upside. He plays well in windy conditions and also in tough scoring. Ranks 8th in ARG and 10th in OTT so he does setup well in certain aspects.
Brooks Koepka (GPP)
Finished 2nd at the last PGA championship which is a different course obviously but the reason I am mentioning it is because we had tough conditions with hard scoring, and he also had similar form going into that week. He is the big game killer and while that hasn’t shown recently, he still looks good.
Will Zalatoris (Cash/GPP)
I know you guys are going to say I like way too many guys up at the top but its hard not to. They are up in this range for a reason. Zalatoris is a major’s guy, and he will show why this week.
Bryson Dechambeau (GPP)
I am a GPP player and if I didn’t have Bryson in the article at this price, I just should quit DFS forever. Can Bryson miss the cut? Yes, for sure. Can Bryson contend at this course? Also, yes and that’s what will make playing him fun.
Corey Conners (GPP)
Be very careful with this play here. Conners is a great golfer and his irons are amazing, but his ARG is a problem and could be his downfall if his irons are off just a bit.
Louis Oosthuizen (Cash/GPP)
The only thing that scares me with him is that possible withdraw but if he is playing for sure him and Xander are two of my cash locks this week. He does so well at majors and always has a quiet week but ends up scoring well.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Cash/GPP)
This play could legit go insane this week. I like him quite a bit this week. Not a Cash game lock but I do like him for Cash and GPP.
Adam Scott (GPP)
Does well in PGA venues for the most part and can play in tough windy conditions. Don’t love love him but I do think he can make the cut and make a run.
Tommy Fleetwood (Cash/GPP)
Yes, I know what everybody will say but he is playing great and most of these weeks he is grinding out decent finishes. He can easily play in the wind and can grind out a top 20.
Cameron Young (GPP)
Should be a good play here, I don’t have him as a cash play just because he hasn’t been tested on a PGA championship course but should do just fine.
Talor Gooch (GPP)
You guys will not be able to talk me off of this one. If I have learned anything from DFS in my past is a lot of the times I am a week early on guys so I will not miss this week with Gooch.
Billy Horschel (Cash)
I do not love him for GPP at all, but cash is where I would play him this week.
Alexander Noren (Cash/GPP)
Going to grind it out this week and if the wind is up, he thrives in that as well. This could be a nice top 20 type week from him.
Ian Poulter (Cash/GPP)
Should do well at this course this week. Wind will not stop him this week and he is just a grinder waiting to top 30.
Patrick Reed (GPP)
I almost completely skipped over Reed here but I cannot because he is one of the best putters on bent and he also is amazing in super windy conditions and plays well on tough courses.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Cash)
He is going to make the cut and score enough for you in cash games. I would not recommend playing in any GPP contests though because he upside is not really there.
Robert MacIntyre (Cash/GPP)
I really like him in this range this week. They are saying the shot shape is kind of like the Masters and he does well there with it. Hopefully he can make the cut and make moves.
Kevin Streelman (GPP)
This play by no means is pretty but he is good on windy, tough courses and that is what we will have this week. He finished well last year at the PGA in windy conditions and did well at the open and U.S Open so he is familiar with majors.
Aaron Wise (GPP)
Honestly, he should be priced above guys like Kirk and Molinari and those types but he is not. He likes tough windy courses and has good major experience as well.
Oliver Bekker (GPP)
I honestly had no clue who this guy was before this week but looking at some videos about him he seems to be a decent player with a long driver and good short game. I am willing to take my chances on the South African here and hope he plays like Oosty.
Padraig Harrington (GPP)
Call me nuts. I already know that but he is from Ireland so he is familiar with the winds and in windy conditions at the PGA last year he finished 4th. I am not saying he will do the same here but he is near minimum price and all he has to do is make the cut.
Cash Game Locks
- Xander Schauffele
- Billy Horschel
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout
- Patrick Reed
- Rory Mcllroy
- Patrick Reed