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2019 Bethpage PGA Championship DFS Sleeper Picks

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There’s definitely a special place in my heart for any event that takes place at the Bethpage Black course. Immediately, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite songs by rock and roll legends. Moreover, while Augusta National Golf Club is truly a sacred temple, it is a private course. You, me, or anyone else you know can wake up early and play the Bethpage Black course. There is something beautifully egalitarian about a major being played on a public course. Furthermore, Bethpage is the subject of one of John Feinstein’s best books, which also happens to be the site of one of the sports most popular player’s many Majors victories.

While Bethpage has hosted a number of tournaments since 2002, course history should be weighted lightly. I would weigh the more recent Barclays tournament in 2016 for example more heavily than I would the US Open. This week’s course will be far less penal than a US Open and more like a…well…PGA Championship. And unlike past tournaments at Bethpage, the weather this week will soften the course meaning errant shots are less likely to continue to roll.

Of course I would not expect a lot of errant shots from those top tier golfers this week. I know I’m rooting for a Sunday battle between Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Although that is not necessarily what I think will happen. But regular readers of my DFS sleeper picks know I’m not going to tell you whom to take from the top tier. I will however give you a six-pack of deep sleeper picks priced below $7500 on DraftKings. As usual, DraftKings salary is listed besides player name.


If you wanted to apply the exact same arbitrary $7500 line to FanDuel, I will state that I am intrigued by Jorge Campillo ($7100 on FanDuel). However, I would not suggest going that low on FanDuel. On Yahoo, Campillo is the minimum $20, but I might spend the extra salary dollar and go Joel Dahmen. Plus, there are a bunch of other players at $20 on Yahoo that I also like, including one of the names below.

Read on to see who it is.

2019 Bethpage PGA Championship DFS Sleeper Picks

Jhonattan Vegas $7100

My gut says stays away from Johnny Vegas this week. I suspect its the unimpressive T-26th in the weak field of the Corales Championship in March that has my spidey senses tingling. But my brain countered that his Corales result is one of six straight recent top 30 finishes. That run includes a T-3 at the deep field of the Players Championship and his most recent finish at the Wells Fargo in the top ten as well. He also ranks a strong 1.132 in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.

Winner: Brain.

Emiliano Grillo $7100

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Opinion: Grillo’s 2019 has been uninspiring. He has one top ten this season and the last time he cracked the Top 25 was in January at the Sony Open.

Fact: Grillo has made 12 of 13 cuts this year.

Fact #2: The last time Bethpage hosted a PGA event was the 2016 Playoffs when Grillo finished one stroke behind Patrick Reed for a second place finish.

Hmmmm.

Justin Harding $7000

I know, I recommended Harding for my Heritage picks and he responded with a MC. Harding might be one of the most maddening players on tour. His last eight tournaments tell the tale: T-10, CUT, T-12, CUT, T-2, WIN, CUT, 4th. When Harding is playing well, he is playing very well. But he misses cuts like a blind butcher.

If you want a safe meat and potatoes bet at 7K, take Thomas Pieters who I also love this week (Pieters BTW is a steal on Yahoo this week at the absolute minimum).  But no player screams the ol’ GPP high-risk, high-reward more than Harding.

Matt Wallace $6700

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Speaking of risk, the last time I recommended Wallace it didn’t work out too well. But he’s back on track. He’s coming off of a T-2 at the British Masters last week. His stats are also still very strong. He’s in the top 40 in both Driving Distance and Shots Gained: Tee to Green, two stats I am considering heavily this week.

Scott Piercy $6500

You know who else besides Grillo recently played at Bethpage and finished in the top 25? That’s right, Scott Piercy, how did you guess? Unfortunately, many will be as quick to put Piercy in their lineups as well this week. His ownership will be sky high due to how out of whack his salary is. And that will likely be the case on Yahoo as well where Piercy is just $22.

In addition to success at Bethpage, he’s coming off of T2 at last week’s Byron Nelson, his second top-5 in a row. While Piercy’s driving distance is a little lower than I would prefer, his SG: Tee-to-Green is a solid 46th. Course success, recent form, and solid stats at $6500? That’s ridiculous value. Take the savings and use them elsewhere. Or dip even lower to an extremely deep sleeper below.


Julian Suri $6400

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Suri has been on few radars since he was sidelined with a sports hernia. Since returning however, Suri is currently crushing the European Tour with four straight Top 20 finishes. But Suri is not some European who only plays wells across the Atlantic. Suri was born right here in NYC and I suspect for that reason alone he’ll have some support from the local gallery. He also plays well on American soil including a T-19 at last year’s PGA Championship. Few have a greater upside per salary dollar than Suri. And that is especially true on Yahoo, where Suri is priced at the $20 minimum. As we know, anything can happen at Bethpage!


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1 Comment

  1. Matthew Beckman

    May 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Spark up the Grillo!

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