2022 PGA Championship DraftKings Value Picks

by Mark Strausberg
2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleepers

The PGA returns to Southern Hills CC for the 2022 PGA Championship. Since it is a major, that means it is time for my 2022 PGA Championship DraftKings Value Picks.

As I said in my prop bets article earlier this week, I don't think this week's winner will be a "surprise". I'm not sure which chalky pick it will be, but I'd bet that we see a popular play win this week.

That being said, I absolutely love some of the value up and down the salary scale. And that's good because I'll be going with some chalky picks in my lineup so that necessitates some value.

Like most Major weeks, pricing is fortunately fairly soft this week. So we'll keep it simple and say that my "value picks" have to have salaries of less than $8k.

So I know a lot of folks like Max Homa this week, including myself, but he's just a touch too expensive for us to consider value. But we'll start just a little below him and make our way towards the bottom of the salary rung.

2022 PGA Championship DraftKings Value Picks

Tony Finau ($7900)

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If Finau is ever going to win a major, I suspect it will be a PGA Championship. He's made the cut for the PGA Championship each of the last five years. Think that's not impressive? What if I told you that none of Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Justin Thomas, or Dustin Johnson could say that. Given his two most recent PGA Championship finishes were a T-8 and a T-4, I'm shocked that DraftKings actually has him priced this low.

Finau is not even playing poorly right now. He's made five straight cuts, including a T-2 recently at the Mexico Open. He's 32nd in SG: Approaching the Green, one of the key metrics for this week. His putting has been horrible (don't look it up, you'll be aghast as to how bad it has been), but with the very small greens this week I'm hardly worried. Finau is one of the most likable guys on Tour and I always root for him. But at this price, he doesn't even need to win for us to get some value out of him.

Talor Gooch ($7400)

This is what I said about Gooch earlier this week:

"How can you not like the local angle here with Gooch, who was both born in Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma State? He should be very comfortable here in addition to being a good statistical match. He’s 21st in SG: Approach the Green and even better 7th in SG: Around the Green." - 2022 PGA Championship Prop Bets Picks

All of that is still obviously true. The only difference worth mentioning in this article is his super low price, making him a bargain. I will have a ton of shares of Gooch this week in my DFS lineups.

Alex Noren ($7000)

Noren is a player I regret omitting from my betting article earlier in the week. Yes, I have since made a few bets on him. But he is also a spectacular DFS play and I will be having quite a few shares of Noren as well. He is coming in playing well, having finished 26th or better in six of his last nine starts. That should not be surprising given that he is gaining strokes this season in every measured category. He's 32nd in scoring average and 11th in scrambling. His performance in the PGA Championship previously is uninspiring, but solid.

However, I think this week could be something special, given that he is playing near his alma mater, Oklahoma State. Yep, I would not have guessed that he went there either. But he did, and I think the 39-year-old Swedish player will give the locals something to cheer about.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($7000)

My regular golf readers know this is not the first time I've liked Bezuidenhout. He and Noren are the same price, so I'd go with Noren if you are looking for an upside play. But Bezuidenhout is a safer play. When we start to get into this range, we are looking simply for someone to make the cut. And Bezuidenhout is a cut-maker. He's made 13 of 15 cuts. He finished T-30 at the PGA Championship last year and that feels like a reasonable ceiling this week. He is seventh on Tour in scrambling though, so if he gets into trouble on this course, I like his chances to get out of it.

Russell Knox ($6300)

Knox was a late addition to the tournament pool, but that still doesn't explain him being ridiculously priced below $6500 or even $7000.

Knox is coming off a T-35 at the Wells Fargo Championship, having made the cut in addition to a dozen other of his 19 PGA tournaments. But Knox regularly plays well in the big tournaments, like his T-6 in the Players Championship in March.

But the reason I like Knox this week is he is one of the best players on Tour when it comes to windy conditions. And given the gusts expected for this week, I'd make sure you have an entry with some wind-proof players. And that includes Knox.

Rikuya Hoshino ($6300)

I'm familiar with Hoshino, as he has been tearing it up on the Japanese Tour. In his last five starts on that tour, he has finished no worse than T-7. That is impressive. But I would not have been aware that he was even playing this week had it not been for Rob Bolton. What I appreciate Bolton pointing out however is that Hoshino has six paydays in 10 PGA starts, including a career-best T26 at the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where he ranked second in Strokes Gained: Approach-the Green and co-led in par-3 scoring.

Hoshino is still a risky play, but I love this as a GPP play. You should too.


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