PGA Plays: Back at Baltusrol

The PGA Championship is back at Baltusrol for the second time after an 11 year hiatus. It was back in 2005 that Phil Mickelson won his first Wanamaker Trophy there. He shot a -4, 276 total to win by 1 shot over Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington.

With rain predicted for Thursday and Friday, it’s really shaping up to be a bombers course. So, with so many bombers and veterans in magnificent form right now, which group of six players makes the most sense and could possibly help you win FantasyDraft’s PGA Championship contests? Let’s take a look.

TOP-TIER PLAYERS:

Dustin Johnson ($21,900) – I seriously don’t know how anyone cannot roster DJ at this point in his career. He’s by far and away the BEST player in the world right now and he’s clearly got the major monkey off his back. His 2016 season of consistency and zero cuts missed, along with his incredible length and accuracy off the tee, qualifies him as the no-brainer, top-tier pick of the week.

Henrik Stenson ($20,000) – He seems to be in amazing form after his dominant Open-winning performance. He absolutely loves his 3 wood and hits it a country mile, which will be necessary at the very lengthy Baltusrol lower course. If his putting heats up like it did two weeks ago, he’s a lock to win it all!

Justin Rose ($18,700) – I think the injury is finally behind Rose, which bodes well for his chances this week. He played very well at the Open finishing T22. But, don’t let that finish fool you. He got the short end of the stick with the draw and shot 77 on Friday because of it. I think he will be lifting the Wanamaker trophy one day, so why not this Sunday?

MID-TIER PLAYERS:

Sergio Garcia ($17,800) – There are many golf pundits today talking about the BEST player to have NOT won a major yet, and Sergio is high on that list. Given that DJ and Stenson used to hold that dubious title, the ongoing 1st-time major narrative is very much alive and well. He has four Top 5 finishes in his last four tourneys played, and won the Byron Nelson less than two months ago.

Bubba Watson ($17,100) – This is strictly a course fit and price play. Bubba is the quintessential bomber and should get his share of birdies. He just needs to limit his number of bogeys and blow up holes, which would definitely put him in contention come Sunday afternoon.

Martin Kaymer ($15,200) – Kaymer’s first major came at the 2010 PGA Championship and he has since added a US Open trophy to his credentials. He knows how to win “THE BIG ONE” and has been trending quite positively with his game for quite a while now. He hasn’t played as well on the PGA tour this year, but he’s certainly heating up on the European tour with two T5’s, a T7 and a T13 since the Irish Open.

LOWER-TIER PLAYERS:

Brandt Snedeker ($14,400) – Brandt looked really great last week in Canada, so if you want to ride the HOT HAND, Sneds is your guy. He’s not a bomber per se, but can get very hot with the putter from week to week. He also seems to play really difficult courses well, due to his patience, great putting and high golfing IQ.

Byeong-Hun An ($14,300) – This is a contrarian play if I’ve ever seen it. Byeong-Hun should be very low owned; somewhere below 5% I’d guess. He definitely has the game to win a major since he already won the BMW PGA Championship last year, which is the European tour’s flagship event. He also has a T23 at this year’s US Open. He’s my Flyer of the week!

Ryan Palmer ($14,000) – He certainly has the length off the tee and a really great iron game. If he can put together a stellar four-day putting performance this week, his upside is very high. He also has this guy called “Father Time” working against him, so like Stenson at the Open, Palmer has a limited number of majors left to play and he knows it.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Rory McIlroy ($21,600), Phil Mickelson ($19,300), Kevin Kisner ($13,700), Colt Knost ($13,600), Gary Woodland ($12,900).

SLEEPER PICKS:

Brendan Steele ($11,500), Rafa Cabrera Bello ($14,000), Thomas Pieters ($13,500), Nicolas Colsaerts ($12,900), Billy Horschel ($13,900).

Todd Brooks

Todd Brooks

Fantasy Draft just recently added the PGA to their slate of fantasy sports and I personally couldn’t be happier about it! Thus far, I’ve played a few lineups each week in their highest prize pool contest, and have one victory and several top 10’s to my credit. My username is travel bandit.

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