THE WEEKLY WEDGE: 2018 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

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What’s up Playmakers, and welcome to the last major championship of the year! Unfortunately, there isn’t going to be a course breakdown as detailed as it usually is, as work has once again gotten in the way. But what can you do, we all got to make money to keep paying those bills and entering these contests! Not too worry, though, I am still going to be giving you guys the key stats I’ll be looking at this weekend and some of my core plays that I will be deploying in contests for this year’s PGA Championship.

Key Stats

  • SG: Off-the-Tee – the amount of strokes gained on the field generated from hitting the fairway off the tee
  • SG: Approach – measures the amount of strokes gained from shots not off the tee and more than 30 yards out
  • Proximity to Hole – the average distance a player’s ball comes to rest after an approach shot
  • Going for the Green-Hit Green Percentage – the percent of time a player hits the green when actually attempting to hit the green
  • Birdie or Better % – the percent of time a score of birdie or better was made

$10,000 and Above | Rickie Fowler | $10,200

Although he’s ever actually won a major championship, Rickie always seems to find himself in a good position going into the weekend. Although he has a habit of dropping back a little bit over the weekend, he also definitely has the ability to hang around and contend for his first major. We saw a flash of this briefly at Augusta at the beginning of the season when Rickie was able to hang around for the weekend and then shot a 65-67 final two rounds to launch himself into 2nd place. We all know Rickie can hit the ball and stick greens, but where he’s really going to gain an advantage this week is his putting on bentgrass greens with the massive greens that Bellerive presents the field this week. He might not win the Wanamaker, but he definitely has a great chance to finish in the top-25. Not to mention that out of the rest of this price-tier, Rickie will definitely have the lowest ownership going into the weekend, which is exactly what you are going to need in some of the larger-field GPPs Draftkings is offering for golf’s final major.

Pivots: Dustin Johnson ($11,400) | Rory McIlroy ($11,00)

$9,900 – $9,000 | Justin Thomas | $9,700

I know he won last week, and I know he won this tournament last year at different course. But this is the week that JT breaks history, you heard it here first. Look, I know that’s a longshot, but if he doesn’t the win the whole thing, there’s still a very good chance that he finishes in the top-5. Over the last 24 rounds on bentgrass, Thomas ranks 14th in SG: OTT, 3rd in DK points, 2nd in SG: approach, and 1st in total SG. On the year, he’s positioned in the top-40 in proximity to the hole, top-30 in SG: OTT, and 3rd overall in birdie or better percentage. JT is a bomber who can do just about anything when his game is on, and although he will definitely be definitely be chalk this week, this is chalk that I am more than willing to eat when he gets hot.

Pivots: Justin Rose ($9,400) | John Rahm ($9,100)

$8,900 – $8,000 | Tony Finau | $8,100

I keep saying this, but Finau has GOT to win a tournament by year’s end… Over the last 24 rounds, he’s ranked in the top-25 in the field in SG: approach, SG: off the tee, and DK points. On the year, he ranks in the top-50 in SG: off the tee, going for the green hit percentage, and birdie or better percentage. Aside from definitely having the tangibles readily available to win any given tournament, Finau has been on fire in major tournaments this year – placing inside the top-10 in each of the first three majors. Tony Finau’s obvious skill-level, major play, and extremely low price should definitely give him a good amount of ownership. But at this price, he’s almost impossible to leave out of your player pool for the weekend.

Pivots: Patrick Reed ($8,900) | Patrick Cantlay ($8,100)

$7,900 – $7,500 | Keegan Bradley | $7,500

This play might come as a surprise to a lot of people, but if you saw him get 6 eagles at the RBC Canadian Open a couple weeks ago you might understand where I’m coming from. This former PGA Champion is a bomber who can stick greens at a crazy rate. On the year, Bradley ranks 5th in going for the green hit percentage, 5th in proximity to the hole, and 1st in SG: approach. This might come as a surprise to some of you guys, but he’s even better on bentgrass. Over the last 24 rounds on bentgrass greens, Bradley is ranking 24th in the field in SG: off the tee, 11th in DK points, and 5th in SG: approach. Keegan Bradley is in really good form, as of late, and will definitely help you save a little bit of money at his price point.

Pivots: Joaquin Niemann ($7,600) | Marc Leishman ($7,800)

$7,400 and Below | Ian Poulter | $7,400

For the second week in a row Ian Poulter is underpriced, and for the second week in a row I am leaning heavy on the Englishman. Poulter has been saying for quite a while now that he is still fighting for one of the last spots on the European Ryder Cup team, and he showed that last weekend by firing an 8-under opening round at Firestone. And even though he slipped on Sunday and couldn’t secure the win, he proved his point and is still trying to fight for one of those last spots. Over the last 8 rounds, Poulter ranks 21st in SG: tee-to-green, 20th in DK scoring, and 10th in total SG. I’ll take Poulter at the low price all day long as he continues to battle his way into the Ryder Cup.

Pivots: Kevin Chappell ($7,200) | Russell Henley ($6,700)

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