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The Green Read: PGA Championship Preview

Before we look at this weekend’s tournament specifically, let’s remember my main rules of PGA DFS:

  1. Pay up and avoid the “Donkey” GPPS. You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than winning a tournament with 35,671 entries. I’d much rather enter the $33 single-entry dogleg against 1,413 people. Sure, there’s less money to win, but there’s a better chance of winning it.
  2. Avoid FOMO. I have learned to only enter two or three lineups in multiple events each week. The approach of “I need to have a bunch of different guys on my teams just in case they win” is a surefire way to lose your money. Keep your core tight. Every time I have cashed big, it’s been because I have had a tight core four and switched around one or two players on one or two different lineups.
  3. Watch out for paralysis by over-analysis: I can’t tell you how many times I have taken a guy out of my lineup because I read something by someone who I thought knew more than I did about the tournament. Stick to your guns and play your guys!  
  4. Leave some salary over. I am often guilty of this. If I have $8,100 left for a player, I immediately look for a player at $81,00 to fill the spot. There is no law that says I need to spend all my money. In fact, by not spending my money, I can be contrarian to the field. 
  5. Don’t change your lineups based on the weather. There are a lot of experts who will play a.m. wave or p.m. wave based on the wind conditions, but I find that when I do that, I am trying to outsmart the competition, which rarely works.

PGA Championship DFS Breakdown

This is going to be one of the toughest tests all season. The golfers will need to be long, accurate, good around the greens and putt just well enough to win. There is going to be rough weather too, so keep an eye out for players who do well in inclement conditions.  
My best advice is to play it safe with five of the six golfers in your lineup. The best players are the best for a reason, and they always seem to show up for majors. The key will be finding that one guy who can T-10 who no one else has on their radar. I have a few that I like listed below

My PGA DFS Shortlist (those in italics are on my super shortlist):

  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Justin Rose
  • Max Homa
  • Cam Smith
  • Patrick Reed (always shows up at the majors)
  • Tyrell Hatton
  • Tony Finau
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Gary Woodland (watch ownership!)

PGA DFS Dart Throws:

  • N. Hojaard
  • H. Varner III
  • S. Power
  • D. Burmester (playing great on LIV)
  • S. Jaeger
  • B. Steele (plays well on tougher courses)
  • D. Micheluzzi (you can pair him with two $10K players)

Top One and Done Picks

  • Xander Schauffele
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Cam Smith

T-20 Picks

  • Keegan Bradley
  • Justin Rose
  • Tommy Fleetwood

T-40 Picks

  • N. Hojaard
  • D. Burmester
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