It is an undeniable truth that the PGA Championship is definitely the fourth of the four Majors. But it's still great golf and it's still a major. So like I do for all majors, I will be digging deep and giving you my 2023 PGA DFS: PGA Championship DraftKings Value Picks piece.
However, if you haven't checked out Keith Fleming's weekly DFS picks, you should. I'd also take a look-see at Allen Sandige's favorite bets in each tier. Allen and Keith's weekly YouTube show dropped on Tuesday night. And you'll be treated to at least one additional article later this week.
Returning back to this piece, I am very likely to go heavy with a majority of my lineups. And I might even take two of the top five studs. But that necessitates some cheaper options. Fortunately, pricing is fairly soft this week on DK like it often is for Majors. However, I am going pretty deep this week. Rather than the $8k I did for the Masters, I am going to draw the line at the $7500 level.
So let's tee it up and take some swings at some value picks, listed here in descending salary order.
2023 PGA DFS: PGA Championship DraftKings Value Picks
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Wyndham Clark ($7500)
The winning moment for @Wyndham_Clark pic.twitter.com/94iYotEq80
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 7, 2023
Not saying Clark should be close to $9K, but this price is just an insult. Will he win again this week like he did at Quail Hollow earlier this year? I don't think so. But when you have made 16 straight cuts, there is no way you should be priced this low. Given that he's also 14th in Shots Gained Total and 3rd in Total Birdies, I really want to know what DraftKings was thinking!
Add in the fact that Oak Hill will reward distance this week and Clark is 9th in Driving Distance, and I will have a ton of lineups this week with Clark in them!
Min Woo Lee ($7200)
Min Woo Lee is our first of two repeat entries from my last Major DFS Values article. This is a bit of an aggressive play as I wouldn't be surprised if Min Woo Lee misses the cut. He did miss the cut at last year's PGA Championship as well.
But we're grabbing Lee as a leverage play because his upside is similar to the T-6 finish he had at the "fifth major" a.k.a The Players Championship back in March.
He's currently 62ndth in the OWGR (Overall World Golf Ranking) and has an all-around game that travels well. He is a bit of a poor man's classic Brooke Koepka, as the bigger the stage the better he performs. I like him to surprise this week and makes for a great leverage pick.
Keith Mitchell ($7100)
Mitchell is the second of our two repeat entries but despite being priced less than him, he is an even stronger pick than Min Woo Lee.
As mentioned above, we should expect some success from those whose power is a major part of their game. And few fit that profile better than Mitchell. He's eight in driving distance on all drives, fifth in Shots Gained Off the Tee, and first in Total Driving. He finished 34th in last year's PGA Championship and I expect an even higher finish this week.
Eric Cole ($6800)
Field Update: With Jason Day's win today at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the final spot in the 2023 PGA Championship field has been filled by Eric Cole#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/EiWg3vbSOQ
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 14, 2023
Eric Cole started hot last week with a Thursday 66 and finished strong on Sunday with an even better 65. We shouldn't have been surprised because as our DFS guru Keith Fleming mentioned before last week's tournament, "He is one of four players in the field in the top 30 in irons, putting, and birdies. The other three names on that list are top players in the field Scottie Scheffler, Tyrell Hatton, and Jason Day."
That's some pretty good company to keep.
Cole is playing some pretty good golf right now. I think that continues into this week.
Stephen Jaeger ($6700)
Stephen Jaeger was a late addition to the field, but that doesn't mean he doesn't belong in it! Jaeger might almost be as mispriced this week as Clark.
The New Zealander is 12th on the PGA TOUR in greens hit, eighth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green, and 23rd in adjusted scoring. He’s cashed 16 of 19 times with six top 40s in his last eight starts. I'll definitely take a shot of Jaeger please!
Ryan Fox ($6500)
The top shots from @DellMatchPlay and @CoralesChamp!
5. 🕳️ @JordanSpieth's walk-off winner
4. 💣 @RyanFoxGolfer, 289 yards to 5 feet
3. 💣 @McIlroyRory, 375 yards to 3 feet
2. 🎯 @JJSpaun's 107-yard hole-out
1. 🎯 @MJDaffue13's 170-yard hole-in-one pic.twitter.com/SnePh2F87V
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 27, 2023
Fox is not a very well-known quantity stateside, but he is having a huge year internationally. He just missed Top-25 finishes at both the Masters and the Players, which along with three Top-20 finishes on the DP World Tour, he now finds himself at 41 in the OWGR.
He averages 300+ off the tee and would rank in the top 30 on Tour in Putting if he had enough rounds to qualify. Expecting a Top 25 finish is a little too optimistic. But I do expect him to make the cut and if he does that, he will provide tons of value at this insanely low price.
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